Yellow Springs fourth-graders eye affordable housing

A heart warming story out of Yellow Springs, Ohio, a small, rural village in West-Central Ohio. Fourth graders at a local school working on a big project that really affected the community. They surveyed local residents about pressing issues, and decided to focus on affordable housing, which is a major challenge for the town – one that resonated with many of the students.

“Zoe Siemer, 10, said her family also lives in Xenia, and her father drives her to school each day.

“It took like three years before my family found a home here,” said Kiernan Anderson, 10 this month.

“My grandma and grandpa always wanted to live here,” Jonah Simon, 10, said.”

The semester-long study culminated in a visit from OCDCA member, YS Home Inc, where students shared their learnings and engaged in conversation with the Home, Inc. staff about affordable housing and their organization. One student asked Home, Inc. Executive Director and OCDCA board vice president Emily Seibel if she was proud:

“I’m proud of our mission,” she said. “It’s incredibly humbling to do this work. It’s food for the soul to help people get a home.”

Read the full article by Carol Simmons in The Yellow Springs News.

Photo by Carol Simmons

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