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Home Is Sweet For UC Administrator

Date: May 3, 2002
By: Carey Hoffman
Phone: (513) 556-1825
Archive: General News
Photos by Dottie Stover

After almost three years in the city, Jeff Kaplan was ready to call Cincinnati home.

To do that, he wanted to own his own home. That goal was more easily attained, thanks to UC's Walk to Work program.

"I'm absolutely happy," says Kaplan, a senior space management analyst in UC's Office of Space and Asset Management. "I'm no longer living the vagabond life, renting and moving from place to place. I've set down some roots."

Kaplan moved into his home in North Avondale eight months ago. He learned of Walk to Work from the Human Resources web page in August, and used it to help move his house-hunting rapidly forward.

He started the loan process at the same time that he applied for Walk to Work, and within a period of five to six weeks, he was moving into his new house. "The program wasn't a deal-maker or breaker, but it certainly helped," Kaplan says.

Kaplan had lived as far away from campus as Sharonville, but as a native Californian not keen on commuting, wanted to live no more than five miles from campus. The choices he found available as he looked in Clifton, Avondale and Northside thrilled him.

"The neighborhood is great. It's a diverse neighborhood, both economically and socially," Kaplan says. "The people in my immediate vicinity are very much like me. Many are professional workers or in professional environments. There are a couple of people who work for UC or are associated with UC, including a doctoral candidate and another who works in the UC administration. It's definitely a UC-friendly neighborhood."

Kaplan's experience mirrors the kind of positive outcome first envisioned for the Walk to Work program. "This is a very good feeling. I'm very happy," he says. "Being a homeowner, the tax benefits have been good, the sense of community attachment has been wonderful and, no longer being a renter, I've gained the ability to live as I want to."

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