The Client
POAH Communities








The Project

The Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood has been experiencing rapid gentrification over the past 10 to 15 years. Public and private investment has already changed how residents engage with their surroundings, adding to challenges of social and economic mobility, access to opportunity, and a sense of safety and security.

Our Role
To address these needs, POAH Communities engaged EPS (partnered with nationally-recognized sociology researchers at the University of Minnesota and Georgia State University) to conduct a preliminary three-year research effort (involving in-person interviews) to study the effectiveness of tailored supportive services and its impact on resident social determinants of health and economic mobility.

This kind of long-term research project is unique among efforts around the U.S. Not only will the outcomes inform how POAH (and other service providers in Cincinnati) can deliver the right services to affordable housing residents more economically, but they will also inform how cities can leverage positive social return on investment simultaneous to community and neighborhood reinvestment.