Capital Campaign

We’re Expanding!

We bought an apartment building! It’s been a huge undertaking to remove 13 dumpsters worth of debris, defend our temporary murals in a city zoning meeting, get multiple bids on each system replacement, and raise the funds needed to start the work… but we did it.

By fall of 2018 we hope to offer long term apartments for families who’ve achieved stability at Lydia’s House. As the pictures below show, we have a long way to go, but we’ve never been shy about ambitious renovation projects.

Budget estimates for the 8 unit building are approximately $1,000,000. Current fundraising for 4502 Carter stands at $714,000.  Supporters include Christ Church Cathedral, The Housholder Family Fund, Vineyard Central Church and Norwood neighbors, Bellarmine Chapel members and a number of individual donors. 

Thank you so much to the following donors:

Phase 1: Lead Sponsors for purchase and predevelopment

Housholder Family Fund

Christ Church Cathedral

Ohio Finance Fund

Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky LISC

Phase 2: Demolition, Roof and Gutter replacement

Bishop Family Fund

Kohnen Family Foundation in memory of David A. Kohnen

Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Family Fund

Phase 3: Major Systems Overhaul


Weston and Roberts Families

Sutphin Family Foundation

Province of St. John the Baptist, order of Friars Minor

Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio

US Bank Foundation

Women for Women Fundraising Event

Redeemer Episcopal Church

The Carol Anne and Ralph V. Haile Jr./ US Bank Foundation  

Phase 4:

8 unit adoptions which will include kitchen, windows, appliances, trim, fixtures, flooring and paint: $20,000 each (7 units needed)

Unit 1: Lydia’s House Volunteers

Unit 2: Amy and Steve Whitlatch

Unit 3:

Unit 4:

Unit 5:

Unit 6:

Unit 7:

Unit 8:

Laundry Facility: Bellarmine Chapel

Exterior: Norwood Friends and Neighbors

We continue raising funds for this project. If you’re interested in adopting a unit, please contact This is a great opportunity for a church, a friend group or a family to give financially to families in need of housing. If you would like to donate stock, we are also able to accept it. Thank you for your generosity!