Community Housing Network Collaborating on the Development of Jefferson Avenue Apartments

Community Housing Network (CHN) is developing two new apartment complexes for persons whose lives have been impacted by mental illness or addiction disorders.


Jefferson Avenue Apartments, a collaborative development by Community Housing Network, The Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts, and Amethyst, Inc.

Opening this September, these new apartments, at 50 Jefferson Avenue in the Jefferson Avenue Historic District, will offer 39 units of supportive housing for single parents in recovery and their children. CHN's service partner, Amethyst, Inc., will provide and coordinate all referrals and services to meet the ongoing recovery and stability needs of residents.

Designed to complement the architecture of the historic district, the complex includes 12 one-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom apartments, and 3 three-bedroom apartments. Common areas provide a gathering room, community kitchen, meeting rooms, and a laundry with a playroom.

Dogwood Glen, 3237 Morse Road

Having a safe, supportive place to call home is a basic human need that is beyond the reach of too many persons with mental illness in our community. In response to this critical housing need as identified by the Franklin County ADAMH Board, CHN is developing Dogwood Glen to provide 42 units of quality, special needs housing for people disabled by severe mental illness. CHN will develop, own, and manage this property using its successful model that provides not only project-based rent-subsidized housing but also supportive services that link residents to treatment, social, health and employment opportunities. Construction will begin this fall, and first residents will move in October 2010.

The target population for this housing includes persons exiting Twin Valley Behavioral Health or coming from the community who need stable, independent housing with a supportive environment.

Funding - Jefferson Avenue Apartments represents an investment of $7 million, and costs for Dogwood Glen are projected to total close to $6 million. Funders for development include The Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County; the City of Columbus; The Columbus Foundation, including the Robert B. Hurst, and James W. Overstreet Funds; Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati; Franklin County Board of Commissioners; the Ohio Equity Fund; the Ohio Housing Finance Agency; and United Way - anonymous donor. The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing provides financial structuring and asset management services for these developments.