"I just want to be here. This is my home," Carter said. "I've made it a home and I want to keep it my home."
The building recently gained new management and improvements like a new mail room, new elevators and improved electrical wiring throughout the building. Some members of the city council fear that improvement isn't being fully recognized by HUD.
"Instead of helping us to solidify this housing and help people have decent affordable housing, they're saying, 'Screw you, Cincinnati. We're going to shut it down,'" Councilmember Kevin Flynn said.
Regardless of the outcome of the pending lawsuit, members of the council said the goal is to make sure the same mistake doesn't happen again.
"It needs to be that we don't have an owner take over and strip it, because obviously that's what happened here, is people have been receiving compensation and not investing those dollars," Councilmember Chris Smitherman said.
As for Carter, she said this is much more than an Alms Hill issue. It's a human issue.
"I'm fighting for the cause of not just the people at the Alms, but anyone, anwhere who is on low-income housing," she said. "This is a necessary institution that we need to keep open."