North High Street

North High Street offers permanent housing and support services to formerly homeless individuals disabled by mental illness, long-term unemployment, substance addiction or dual diagnosis. Renovated in 2002, the brick apartment building provides 36 efficiency apartment units of quality, affordable, permanent supportive housing linked to social, health and employment services. Many residents are employed or working toward employment or receive disability benefits. The location of North High Street provides residents with easy access to public transportation and convenience shopping.

CHN's award-winning renovation of the existing 40-unit apartment building, which was designed by Urban Order Architect Steve Hurtt, included the creation of a new front facade with entry at grade level and handicap accessibility. On the first floor, four apartments were reconfigured to create a front desk entry and a large common area. Two additional first floor apartments were redesigned to be fully handicapped accessible. Additional building improvements included replacements and upgrades to the HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems; kitchen improvements; paint and floor covering. Landscaping was also added to improve the building’s street appeal. The building’s architecture compliments other buildings in the area. CHN will continue to protect its investment in this property through planned quality maintenance and attractive landscaping.

Resident services

Residents receive services through Concord Counseling and other service providers. Support services include ongoing assessment, case management, psychiatric services, medication monitoring, individual counseling, substance abuse treatment, assistance with daily living activities, skills training and referrals to community services. North High Street residents also have access to employment services through CHN's Employment Center. Employment services include job skills training, desk staff and cleaning employment training, resume assistance, education and job training referrals, job development and volunteer opportunities.

Project management

CHN developed, owns, manages and operates North High Street. Trained management staff are present in the building 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide general oversight and supervision to the building. Concord Counseling employs an onsite service engagement specialist who coordinates services and expedites linkages to treatment. Residents take pride in their home, performing all routine lawn and landscaping maintenance.

Community relations

Area residents participate in this program through the Community Advisory Council, which was formed in the planning stages of this project and meets quarterly to ensure continued community involvement. CHN works closely with the council, Concord Counseling and residents to ensure the success of supportive housing for both the residents and the neighborhood. Neighborhood leaders are active participants in this council. The council developed a Good Neighbor Agreement, which sets forth mutual expectations for the operation and success of the program. For more information about this supportive housing or to volunteer to serve on the Community Advisory Council, please contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at communications@chninc.org.

Sponsors

Community Housing Network and its partners would like to thank the following organizations for their funding and support of this project:

    • ADAMH (Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health) Board of Franklin County
    • City of Columbus, Department of Development
    • Columbus Foundation
    • Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (Section 8)
    • Community Shelter Board
    • Fifth Third Bank
    • Franklin County Commissioners
    • Ohio Housing Finance Agency
    • Ohio Department of Mental Health
    • United Way, anonymous donor
    • United Way of Central Ohio
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Supportive Housing Program)