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Low Income Housing Institute and Central District church collecting feedback on plan for 22nd and Union development

The Low Income Housing Institute and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd are seeking community feedback on their plan for Good Shepherd Housing, an affordable housing development at 22nd and Union with 75 of its 100 units reserved for homeless residents.

The remaining 25 apartments are hoped to “serve the needs of low wage workers at risk of displacement from the Central Area.”

LIHI and the church previously hosted a tiny home village at the site.

The housing provider says it will use affirmative marketing “to ensure that the neighborhood residents experiencing homelessness and who are at risk of displacement are aware of the rental opportunities the building offers.”

Runberg Architecture Group will design the project.

You can learn more and add feedback in the early stages of the development process at

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6 months ago


6 months ago

Finally some affordable housing in the CD! Love it!


6 months ago

The neighborhood certainly welcomes affordable housing in the CD and has worked with the developers of Liberty Bank and Midtown to ensure livable designs for the neighborhood. Liberty Bank Building is all affordable housing, Midtown will add 125 affordable units + the Africatown development of all affordable. The other developers have come early to the neighborhood with the plans and have been very transparent with the process and proposals that generally fit the zoning, and where they did need a rezone worked with neighbors. Here LIHI is planning a 75 foot (7 story) building zoned small residential lot and with a bit of low rise. The church is not willing to build up on the lot with the church and parking lot where the zoning is not 75 feet, but is a little closer and instead propose this site and are not sharing the details of the plans with the neighbors. Therefore it is very difficult for neighbors to give feedback. For instance, this information does not disclose the actual height, rezone need, and size of units. Exactly what type of feedback are they soliciting and from whom? Their secrecy probably has intensified neighborhood scrutiny of the proposal. Remember recent neighborhood rezoning (upzoning) has been intense with many working hard to create a variety of housing and commercial stock intended to enhance each other. The neighborhood supports the stated mission of the church and LIHI and expect a bit more transparency and sharing.