Dayton – 5% ARPA Investment in Housing
City officials in Dayton need to stand up for housing and follow the lead of their counterparts in Louisville. Funds are urgently needed in our community to provide more quality housing options. Creating opportunities that encourage homeownership is vital to build a stronger, more stable community. There is a disconnect, as the allocated $7 million of the $138 million adversely reflects the cited priorities of the City’s constituents, representing an investment of only 5% of the ARPA funding available compared to the 30% investment the City of Louisville has pledged.
This reverts back to the opening sentiments of upstream effects – we have two examples of cities, one who views their upstream efforts with housing as an investment that compounds over time versus a city whose efforts reflect a line item with a short sited focus. In addition to it bolstering a community’s financial stability, research shows the many social benefits that housing provides, including increased volunteerism, improved health, and less crime. Additionally, home owners tend to buy more goods and use more services in their communities, further benefiting the economy. These upstream housing efforts require more influx of capital to make multi-generational differences.
Furthermore, these upstream efforts also provide a measurable economic impact to our community. An analysis by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals the local economic impact that housing has on a community. The NAHB study shows that building 100 single-family homes in a typical local area adds $28.7 million to local income, provides $3.6 million in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and creates 394 local jobs.
Teachers, firefighters, policemen – and many others who make up the backbone of our communities – are finding it increasingly difficult to live in the cities and towns where they work.
We must do better, demand better, and the Home Builders Association of Dayton and our members are committed to being a part of the solution.
Eric W. Farrell is the C.E.O. of the Home Builders Association of Dayton.