Hotel St. Clair

Hotel St. Clair was developed from the historic St. Clair Hotel in the Near East neighborhood of Columbus. The former hotel was a prominent landmark since its days as a home-away-from-home for African American musicians and entertainers performing in Columbus. Vacant for decades, the structure was renovated as housing for seniors using Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing asked Community Housing Network (CHN) to become the replacement general partner and manager of Hotel St. Clair.

CHN developed a 31-unit, mixed tenancy building, which continues to serve individuals aged 55 or older who meet the LIHTC income requirements. Twenty-six of the units also provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless seniors in recovery from substance addiction or with other disabilities or special needs, such as mental illness, dual diagnosis, physical challenges and long-term unemployment.

Renovations included repairs to the HVAC system, roof, storm water drainage, alarm system, and front steps; painting; new carpeting and new unit doors and windows. To accommodate the supportive housing program, a new camera-monitored security system, unit intercom system, and controlled-access entrance were installed. In addition to the 31 apartments (mainly efficiency, one-, and two-bedroom units), the building provides office space for onsite service staff and a large community room for resident association meetings, group activities and social gatherings.

CHN decided to undertake this project to serve the community by keeping the St. Clair property operational and to serve older chronically homeless persons—a population that was not served in any systematic way in Franklin County. The location is central to numerous community resources, including public transportation, shopping, employment opportunities, supportive services and cultural and recreational facilities.

Resident services

Residents receive services offered by  Concord Counseling Services. These services include: outreach, substance abuse treatment, case management, health care, material assistance, mental health services, accessing benefits and rental subsidies, vocational training, employment services and legal assistance, depending on individual resident needs.

Project management

CHN is committed to responsible and comprehensive property management. CHN's oversight of its apartments is far greater than most property management organizations. CHN has 24-hour on-call capacity and a constant presence at its buildings. Support service staff are on site between eight and 12 hours per day. A supportive housing supervisor oversees building operations and coordinates resident services. Resident assistants monitor security and maintenance within the building and assist the housing supervisor with meeting residents’ needs.

Community relations

CHN welcomes community participation in the Community Advisory Council which helps guide plans for the St. Clair project. This council executed a Good Neighbor Agreement, which addresses the community's expectations. 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:

    • Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Board of Franklin County
    • City of Columbus
    • Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (Section 8)
    • Community Shelter Board
    • Franklin County Board of Commissioners
    • Ingram-White Castle Foundation
    • JP Morgan Chase Bank
    • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
    • Ohio Housing Finance Agency
    • Rebuilding Lives Funder Collaborative
    • United Way of Central Ohio
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)