The Cincinnati Enquirer, along with co-sponsor, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, honors 10 women annually, who give their time and talents for the betterment of their communities. Finance Fund congratulates all of the honorees for making their community a better place to live by being advocates for foster care, education, and mental health as well as champions for the homeless and heroes in the battle against racism and hate.
Mary Burke Rivers was among the 10 exceptional women recognized at the 50th anniversary awards luncheon on Friday, October 26th. Mary has dedicated her life to finding solutions to ending homelessness. She is the Executive Director of Over-the-Rhine (OTR) Community Housing and serves as a board member of Finance Fund, Community Development Association of Greater Cincinnati, Affordable Housing Advocates, and Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio. We congratulate our board member, Mary Burke Rivers, on this prestigious award.
OTR Community Housing’s mission is to develop and manage resident-centered affordable housing to build inclusive community and benefit low-income residents. As executive director of OTR Community Housing, Mary has helped to develop or contributed to the development of over 400 housing units and assembled a broad mix of over 20 service providers/agency partners and volunteers to ensure that residents receive affordable housing along with access to healthcare, job services, education, faith-based services, and community associations that strengthen their ability to succeed. The organization has received recognition and awards for its work from the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, the CDC Association of Greater Cincinnati and the Ohio CDC Association.
Finance Fund’s relationship with OTR Community Housing began in 1994. We have been privileged to be a part of many of their inspiring projects throughout the years. Through our partnership, Finance Fund has invested more than $357,000, leveraging $1.5 million in public and private funds, providing almost 1,000 low-income persons with affordable housing and jobs.