affordable housing

An artist's rendering of "cargominiums" made from shipping containers.

If you watch reality TV or use do-it-yourself sites like Pinterest, you've probably seen garages, bunkers, or even houses made from old shipping containers. A Columbus non-profit housing agency is taking that a step further with the state's first apartment building built from those big metal boxes.

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The Columbus economy continues to grow, and with it many people are moving closer to the Downtown area. As a result there's been a lot of replacement of affordable housing for low-income families with newer, more expensive properties.  A new report claims that very few low-income options are located in good neighborhoods leading to a divide between the residents.

In the last ten years, the near east side Columbus neighborhood of Weinland Park has seen tens of millions dollars invested in its housing and infrastructure. But high unemployment and crime remain issues despite its proximity to the Ohio State University campus. And the mostly non-profit developers behind the investments also tread a fine line between improvement and what longtime Weinland Park resident Joyce Hughes called the “G word.â€? That’s G for Gentrification, that is, improvements that make the neighborhood unaffordable for its current residents.