To be affordable, housing should cost no more than 30% of household income. A 2020 study in Butler County showed that over 13,000 low-income households were spending more than 30% on rent, with over 7,000 households spending more than 50%. Statewide in 2018, only 44 affordable units existed for every 100 households. Housing subsidies, like Housing Choice Vouchers (commonly referred to as Section 8), cap rents at 30% of income, but are very scarce and wait-lists can be years long. For this reason, private apartment buildings where rent is relatively affordable, like the Anthony Wayne Apartments, are vital for low-income renters in our community.
The Anthony Wayne Apartments is a 50-unit building that has been relatively affordable for decades. The property was previously renovated using Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in the early 2000′s. Protections existed for tenants under the LIHTC program, and were supposed to continue until approximately 2030. However, the property went through foreclosure in 2014 and the protections were lost. Many of the tenants at the Anthony Wayne have lived in the building for years, some for decades, and a true community exists there. Extra food is left at the “free table” in the lobby for residents who are struggling. Community meals are shared in the common areas. Its is close to shopping, government offices and health care providers.