Opening its doors in March 2006, Briggsdale provides permanent supportive rental apartments for individuals disabled by mental illness, substance addiction or histories of chronic homelessness. Developed, owned and operated by Community Housing Network, Inc., (CHN), this apartment complex, located at 1670 Harrisburg Pike, Columbus, Ohio, has 35 studio apartments, community space, a computer lab for residents and offices for 24-hour staffing. The Briggsdale Apartments location was selected, in part, because of its close proximity to public transportation, convenience shopping and employment opportunities.
Briggsdale is part of the nationally recognized Rebuilding Lives Program, a collaborative community-wide effort (coordinated by the Community Shelter Board) to end chronic homelessness in Columbus, Ohio, and throughout Franklin County. The total cost for the project was just under $4 million. Construction began in July 2005 and was completed in February 2006.
CHN partners with Southeast, Inc. (Recovery and Mental Health Care Services) to provide supportive services, including primary case management and mental health and chemical dependency counseling services; individual and group programming, such as goal setting, physical fitness, basic life skills, budgeting, addiction education, job preparation, family reconciliation and leisure activities; and linkage to medical, dental, legal, and employment services and entitlements. Group and individual support services are based on the Stages of Change Model. CHN's Placement Center provides residents with job preparation, placement and retention services.
CHN is committed to responsible and comprehensive property management, and oversight of its apartments is far greater than most property management organizations. In addition to daytime operations and social service staff, Briggsdale has staff present in the building 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to assure a safe and secure living environment and to monitor building operation. Staff members limit entrance to the building to residents and registered guests, provide assistance to residents and monitor the common area and building grounds. The building is also equipped with video security and intercom systems for added safety.
Community Housing Network and its partners would like to thank the following organizations for their funding and support of this project:
- Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Board of Franklin County – operations and services funding
- City of Columbus, HOME funds
- Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority – rental subsidies
- Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
- Franklin County, HOME and CDBG funds
- Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing – tax credit syndication
- Ohio Department of Development – operations funding
- Ohio Housing Finance Agency
- United Way of Central Ohio
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits – operations funding