Winton Hills is a neighborhood of almost 5000, east of College Hill. A majority of the land in Winton Hills is occupied by Winton Terrace, a low income housing project.
around WW2 America faced an extreme shortage of low-rent homes, and many working class americans had a hard time finding places to live. the lack of housing options led to slum conditions in cities. in order to address this, the government worked to build public housing with subsidized rent options. the idea was to build temporary housing projects to help americans get up on their feet and eventually move out and buy their own homes. as cities worked with the federal government to build low-cost housing projects, Cincinnati applied for federal funds to work on three projects related to public housing and slum clearance: English Woods, Winton Terrace, and the Kenyon Barr urban renewal project in the West End. the plan was to tear down “the slums” in the West End and move displaced residents to the English Woods and Winton Terrace projects. “the slums” is in parentheses because even though there were some slum conditions in the West End, a majority of the neighborhood did not have slum conditions.
Winton Terrace was the first housing project in the city of Cincinnati. it first opened in 1940 and did not accept black residents. eventually in the late 50’s Winton Terrace started to allow black Cincinnatians to move in, but a newly built housing project next door named Findlater Gardens remained white only. eventually housing projects across the country integrated, and flipped to majority black as white americans were able to find opportunities that allowed them to purchase homes and live elsewhere that weren’t available to black americans.
like Villages at Roll Hill, Winton Terrace was left to its own devices. crime became a big problem, and the neighborhood is considered to be a food desert. many residents have even moved away due to safety issues. even though Winton Terrace has its share of issues, Winton Hills is a community of active residents who fight for the continued improvement of the neighborhood and to make sure each resident has access to education, transportation and healthcare.