Message from the President
Welcome! I am very proud of CMHA’s many accomplishments in 2014 and look forward to working with you to build on these successes in 2015. At the top of this list is the award of a $29.7 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grant for redevelopment of the Poindexter Village public housing site as a catalyst for transforming the historic Columbus Near East Side neighborhood. This truly was a community effort! Our many Choice partners, including the City of Columbus, The Ohio State University, PACT, Columbus City Schools, United Way of Central Ohio, the Columbus Foundation, and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, and $225 million in local leveraged resources, were key to securing the grant and will be vital in implementing the transformation plan.
In 2014, ground was broken for Poindexter Place senior housing and Hawthorne Grove and Van Buren Place permanent supportive housing developments. CMHA and partner investments in these projects will produce 244 units of new affordable housing units. Grand openings were held to celebrate 100 units of new permanent supportive housing at Franklin Station and 40 affordable family units at Trabue Crossing. We continue to be first in the country in utilization of VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) rental assistance vouchers for homeless veterans, enabling nearly 300 veterans and their families to have a place to call home. With support from the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation, CMHA provided summer camp programming for more than 250 children.
None of this would be possible without our dedicated staff and strong partnerships with a wide array of local, state, and national organizations. We look forward to continuing to collaborate and innovate in order to stretch scarce resources to provide affordable housing and improve neighborhoods.
Charles D. Hillman
President & CEO