Homes of all shapes and sizes for all kinds of people.
Neighbors for More Neighbors stands up for more housing for everyone in Central Ohio.
We need more housing
Our region is growing and we haven’t been building enough housing.
Housing costs have been soaring. To stabilize prices, we need more housing.
Despite significant construction, 150,000 fewer people live in urban Columbus now than in 1960.
Central Ohio has been underbuilding housing for the past 10 years. From 2010 to 2018, the region added three new residents for every new housing unit built. We are projected to add one million people by 2050. Of that growth, 20% is expected to come from baby boomers aging into older adulthood.
Who do we need housing for? Since 2010, more than 50% of our population growth has been due to natural increase (births minus deaths)—our families are growing! To stabilize housing prices, we need to increase the supply of housing.
It’s hard to believe, right? Even at the rate we’re building, it will take decades to regain our lost residents. Within urban Columbus—which includes historic neighborhoods from the Hilltop to Eastmoor, from Beechwold to the South Side—there are 151,477 fewer people than six decades ago. That’s a population loss of nearly 40%.
We envision a future where everyone has access to high quality housing they can afford. Unfortunately, each year there are more people in our community struggling to find housing they can afford.
In Franklin County, 43% of households spend more than 30% of their income on housing. This indicates they are housing cost-burdened—meaning they don’t have enough income for other essential costs like food and healthcare.
The average American will move 11.7 times in their lifetime. Everyone should have the option to find housing that meets their current life circumstances, without leaving the neighborhoods they love.
In order to achieve this, neighborhoods should offer a variety of housing types. Central Ohio no longer has a housing stock that matches our dynamic housing needs.
Apartments are part of our heritage.
Many of our apartment buildings have been demolished.
It’s past time to rebuild our city. All Central Ohio residents deserve safe, secure, and affordable housing.
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Contact us to learn about the goals of the More Neighbors movement in Central Ohio, and learn how to get involved!