Launched

OUR HARVEST

Vision: Build a food hub to strengthen the local food system & increase access to healthy food, Increase organic vegetable production, Sustain these efforts by training more farmers, create family sustaining jobs in Greater Cincinnati.

Progress: Incubator urban farm has been operating since April 2012, an additional 100 acre farm is being leased and cultivated, employing 18 people, 400 families participate in Weekly Harvest box program, OHC aggregates produce, and supplies various retail and wholesale outlets. OHC is partnering with Cincinnati State’s newly launched Sustainable Agriculture Management Program; students come to the urban farm weekly for their practicum.

Check out Our Harvest’s local food network they have built over the past 4 years!

 

SUSTAINERGY

Vision: Sustainergy specializes in leveraging PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings within the City of Cincinnati.  They assess potential efficiency gains on a building-by-building basis and tailor upgrades to each customer’s needs.

Progress: Sustainergy has been retrofitting properties and marketing their unique strategy to improve energy efficiencies. CUCI & Sustainergy were leaders in establishing Cincinnati as a PACE district and kick starting our local energy efficiency market.

 

APPLE STREET MARKET

Vision: Develop a viable network of worker and community owned grocery stores in Cincinnati neighborhoods with inadequate food access. Apple Street Market will increase access to fresh foods, provide family sustaining jobs, and serve as a catalyst for community revitalization.

Progress: Apple Street incorporated with its own board of directors May 2014. Feasibility study completed March 2014 for Northside and College Hill, projects startup costs of $15 million. Over 790 community owners have joined to date. Apple Street will serve more than 2000 residents at opening.

 

RENTING PARTNERSHIPS

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Vision: Renting Partnerships is nonprofit (501.c.3) organization that works to create permanently affordable housing and support residents in stewardship of that housing in order to develop the social and financial capital of people of lower incomes, people of color and others most marginalized in society. Renting partnerships is a new option in housing – unlike typical renting or owning – which is permanently affordable and enables residents to invest social capital and receive a financial return.  The concept addresses one of the root causes of economic and racial inequality, the lack of any connection to property for low-income families who must rent long term.

Photo courtesy of Indiana's Riley Area Development Corporation facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Indiana's Riley Area Development Corporation facebook page.

Progress: In 2015, Renting Partnerships entered into a long term master lease with a nonprofit developer in Avondale.  The agreement assures the nonprofit owner a fixed monthly income and Renting Partnerships controls operating.  Renting Partnership’s sublease establishes rights for residents to participate in decision making and build financial equity. Our plan is to proceed with one property at a time on this street as we build capacity and partnerships needed to undertake larger scale development.

  • As we move forward, we will expand the renting partnerships community and build a strong links between renters and property.  
  • Renting Partnerships is seeking to raise $250,000 in donations and grants to acquire to rehabilitate the home below in the picture.

EXPLORED OPPORTUNITIES

SaraH Center

Vision: Sustain Sarah Center — a nonprofit, supporting women on the margins by providing jewelry making classes, health & wellness programming, & entrepreneurial education. Expand successful, high quality jewelry making to create family sustaining jobs.

Progress: Feasibility Study completed and suggested go slow, develop signature Sarah Center line, and expand market channels before launching separate entity.

Social Media: facebook

 

Cincinnati Railway Manufacturing Co-op

Vision: Attract Mondragon Machine tool Cooperative Group, Danobat Railway Division to Cincinnati

Progress: After 2 visits to Cincinnati, investment in a business plan, Danobat has concluded that the rail market is not ripe for Danobat at this time.

 

Yucky Cookies

Vision: Create family sustaining full time jobs via selling and baking cookies from proprietary recipes made with whole fruit and vegetables. “A little bit of good, a whole lot of delicious”

Progress: Yucky Cookies LLC was exploring the opportunity of becoming a cooperative business, but has decided not to pursue the business.