The City Gospel Mission’s planned move to Queensgate and its mission to help more homeless people can go forward. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has told the agency as long as it complied with federal nondiscrimination laws, officials didn’t need to worry.
And since, upon further review, the agency is complying, the project is back on track.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, worked with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to pave the way for the agreement.
The organization planned to move from Over-the-Rhine to a larger building in Queensgate as part of Cincinnati’s “Homeless to Homes Plan,” a community-based effort designed to move the homeless into permanent housing.
But deeds to the two parcels of land on Dalton Avenue and York Street – where City Gospel Mission is moving – had fair housing restrictions that included requirements that forbid the owner from discrimination based on a host of reasons, including religion or gender.
Those prohibitions threatened to block the City Gospel Mission’s move because it’s a men-only shelter.
However, it’s part of a larger plan to help the homeless, a plan that does help women, just in other shelters.
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