Projects Under Development
Preservation Project Purpose Statement
CHN is a nonprofit agency in Franklin County created specifically to provide housing to individuals disabled by mental illness. CHN owns 1,141 units, of which 413 have been owned for about 16 years on average. These 413 units need capital reinvestment and subsidy contract extension to be preserved. In concert with State and local government agencies, CHN has created a Preservation Plan to renovate all 413 units. CHN intends to implement this plan in phases over the next four years so that the public and private funds allocated to the project are effectively and efficiently used. CHN North is the first phase of the Preservation Plan and targets 72 units in Columbus North Central and Northeast areas. Each phase will target specific geographic areas so that the investment in each phase has a concentrated geographic impact.
Every tenant's kitchen will be furnished with new floors, cabinets, counter tops and appliances. Every tenant's bathroom will also be furnished with new floors, sinks, toilets and fixtures. Tubs will either be replaced or refurbished. Sinks with vanities for storage space will also be installed. Lighting throughout the unit and on the exterior will be upgraded with matching, stylish fixtures. Any unit or building with inadequate lighting will have it added. All floor coverings will be replaced and synthetic wood floors installed in major living areas. New exterior and interior paneled doors will be installed. Drywall will be repaired and the entire unit repainted.
CHN also intends to replace all mechanicals, including furnaces, air conditioners, and water tanks. CHN will provide air conditioning for the units using energy efficient central air wherever possible. All the units will receive air conditioning, but in some instances the buildings' age and structural challenges will prevent central air conditioning from being added.
Finally, CHN plans to make major improvements to the building exteriors, including repairing, improving or replacing as necessary landscaping, windows, porches, sidewalks, roofs, gutters, fascia, downspouts, storm water drainage, brick exteriors, siding, and parking lots. These improvements will not only extend these buildings' usefulness, they can also improve neighborhood safety.
Renovating these units as CHN plans will provide every tenant a unit that feels brand "new". These more modern amenities will improve the tenants' quality of life; but more importantly, CHN hopes the renovation lets them know their quality of life matters.
Recognizing the imperative of preserving housing that plays such a critical role in serving very low-income and disabled citizens, every major participant in the affordable housing and mental health community has agreed to support CHN's phased plan to preserve its housing, including the Ohio Housing Finance Agency; the Ohio Preservation Compact; the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority; the City of Columbus; the Franklin County Commissioners; the Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus/Franklin County; the Ohio Department of Mental Health; and the Franklin County ADAMH Board. CHN has also received financial support from the Arlington Bank and Key Bank.
1142 South High Street
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Inglewood Court Apartments
CHN plans to develop a new apartment building on vacant land located at 3720 Sullivant Avenue. CHN chose this location because it provides easy access to public transportation, convenience shopping and employment areas.The development will be called Inglewood Court and will provide 60 one-bedroom apartments for people disabled by mental illness and histories of homelessness. The building will also include common space for 24/7 security, on-site support staff, and tenant services. The estimated project cost is $8.7 million. CHN will manage the property and is partnering with Mary Haven to provide mental health services for tenants.
Inglewood Court will provide its tenants with what is known as Supportive Housing. The housing model provides a stable living environment that "wraps" the tenants in whatever services they need to become successful. By doing so, tenants receive treatment, find work, maintain stability and give back to the community. Success is measured by length of stay in housing, becoming connected to supportive services, and by increased income through employment.
CHN is partnering with Maryhaven to provide a full range of support services including mental health and recovery services to residents. Although Maryhaven is known primarily for its addiction recovery services, it is certified by the Ohio Department of Health to provide mental health treatment services including psychological and psychiatric evaluations.
Inglewood Court will provide on-site offices for three trained social workers and a Licensed Practical Nurse. This service staff will provide mental health counseling services as well as other programming, such as goal setting, physical fitness, basic life skills, budgeting, job preparation, accessing benefits, family reconciliation, and leisure activities. This service staff also links tenants to off-site medical, dental, legal, employment, and entitlement services. The on-site nurse will offer medical services.
Inglewood Court is a Rebuilding Lives project supported by the Rebuilding Lives Funder Collaborative. The Collaborative is a group of public and private organizations that provide funding and other resources to supportive housing projects. CHN will apply for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits funds as well as funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of Columbus, Franklin County, the Federal Home Loan Bank and the Columbus Foundation. Construction will begin in early 2012 and will be completed in mid 2013.
In addition to the service staff, Inglewood Court will also have operations and security 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 will limit entrance to the building to residents and registered guests, provide assistance to residents, and monitor the common area and building grounds. The building will have a camera security system both inside and out to supplement staff monitoring.
CHN plans to develop a new apartment building on vacant land currently being used as a surface parking lot located at 546-558 Rich Street in downtown Columbus. The building will provide 39 one-bedroom units of housing for people disabled by mental illness and one resident manager's unit. All forty units will have a rent subsidy to limit the rent burden on our resents to 30% of their income. The project's total cost is projected to be approximately $6 million. CHN will manage the property and coordinate with community providers for tenant services.
Hawthorn Grove will have a Live-In Resident Manager who will work up to 20 hours a week. In addition, CHN employs Housing Retention Specialists who facilitate and coordinate interaction among the tenants. ADAMH community support workers, the neighborhood, and the community to assist tenants in remaining stable and maintaining their housing.
This property's location offers many services and amenities. Bus service connects the location to all parts of the City. The apartments are also within walking distance to a variety of employment and educational opportunities that might significantly benefit the residents of Hawthorn Grove. The area also offers abundant access to restaurants, banks, hospitals, parks, libraries, post offices, life safety services, and other amenities.