Fifth Third Community Development Co. Invests $5 Million in Cincinnati Development Fund for Housing Redevelopment

Cincinnati fund celebrates 30 years of revitalizing communities

CINCINNATI – Fifth Third Community Development Co. LLC, a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, will invest $5 million with Cincinnati Development Fund to further housing redevelopment in underserved neighborhoods in Cincinnati.

As part of Fifth Third Bank’s Community Commitment, established in 2016 at $30 billion and increased in 2018 to $32 billion, the Fifth Third CDC invested $209 million in 2017. It expects its 2018 investments to rise to $220 million.

“We are grateful for the Fifth Third CDC’s support and long-lasting commitment to Cincinnati Development Fund and our work,” said Jeanne Golliher, the fund’s president and CEO. “It is because of partners like the Fifth Third CDC that we are able to strengthen the economic vitality of Greater Cincinnati by investing in our neighborhoods.

“We are especially thankful as we celebrate 30 years of making an impact in Greater Cincinnati through positive, catalytic projects in low-income neighborhoods,” Golliher said. She noted that the $5 million investment from Fifth Third CDC was the largest single investment CDF has received.

Through the years, the CDC has partnered with CDF on several projects, including the renovation of the Sanctuary at St. Michael’s complex in Cincinnati’s Lower Price Hill neighborhood. The renovations involved five historic structures and included more than 46,000 square feet for classroom and event space. The renovation helped programs aimed at ending poverty in the community, including an English language program for immigrants and refugees; Opportunity Hub, a space for residents to connect with jobs, housing and other opportunities; Community Market, a food pantry; and LPH Thrives, a community-led initiative to create affordable housing. The project’s event space supports the nonprofit work through rentals for weddings and other events.

Mary Delaney, executive director of Community Matters, which oversees programming at the Sanctuary at St. Michael’s, said that the project’s success was due to the funding from CDF. “Partnering with CDF brought the project to life by providing the critical final funding needed to complete the project. Because of our shared commitment to creating positive opportunities, we were able to renovate one of the oldest buildings in Cincinnati and create a space where people can come and foster creativity, connection and community.”

CDF’s mission is to provide innovative financing for real estate projects that strengthen low-income neighborhoods and improve lives. The organization facilitates, services, manages, holds and generates loans and funds to further pre-development and development activities in and around the city of Cincinnati.

As of 2018, CDF’s impact in Cincinnati neighborhoods included:

  • $390 million in loans.
  • Creation of 4,720 housing units, 3,250 of them affordable housing units.
  • 1.16 million square feet of commercial space.
  • 403,500 square feet for community facilities.
  • 7,200 construction and permanent jobs.

“Making investments in organizations like CDF allows us to make a difference in the community and to be directly involved in initiatives that are critical to economic development,” said Catherine Cawthon, president of Fifth Third CDC.  

Since its inception, Fifth Third Community Development Co. has invested more than $4 billion into local communities, including funding over 700 projects that focus on affordable housing, commercial, retail, office and historic buildings; and the creation or preservation of over 60,000 units of housing through Fifth Third CDC equity investments. Fifth Third Bank was one of the founding financial institutions to invest in Cincinnati Development Fund, and the Bank and Fifth Third CDC have invested a total of more than $15 million.

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About Fifth Third Bancorp

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank, an Ohio-chartered bank. As of September 30, 2018, Fifth Third had $142 billion in assets and operated 1,152 full-service Banking Centers and 2,443 ATMs with Fifth Third branding in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to approximately 53,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of September 30, 2018, had $376 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $38 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Deposit and Credit products are offered by Fifth Third Bank. Member FDIC.