Message from the President
Welcome! I am very proud of the many accomplishments of the CMHA team, with guidance from our Board of Commissioners, in 2015 and look forward to working with you to build on these successes in 2016. Implementation of our HUD Choice Neighborhoods Grant—in partnership with the City of Columbus, Ohio State, Columbus City Schools, PACT and numerous community organizations—is well underway. With the completion of 104 units of senior housing at Poindexter Place, Phase 1 of the 449 units of new housing being built on the Poindexter Village site is complete. Construction has begun on Phase 2A, which will have 87 units of mixed-income housing, The Champion Intergenerational Center, located in the repurposed Poindexter Village community building, opened in 2015. It houses Columbus Early Learning Center, National Church Residences adult day center, and intergenerational programming provided by Ohio State. We are excited about our Choice grant’s progress and impact! We also continue to be actively engaged in implementation of the East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan.
CMHA project-based vouchers are supporting partner investments in Volunteers of America’s Van Buren Place permanent supportive housing development, the YWCA Griswold renovation, and Scholar House Phase II. These projects will provide a total of 228 units of new affordable housing for vulnerable populations. A major CMHA initiative is underway to improve the quality of our public housing stock. The Sawyer/Trevitt, Jenkins, and Worley communities have been approved to be part of the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD). This will enable us to generate $30+ million in new investment to improve the properties. In 2016 we are pursuing RAD conversion for our remaining public housing portfolio.
With support from the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation, Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, and the ADAMH Board, CMHA is able to offer after school and summer camp opportunities for our family communities. We are proud to be a founding member of the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, a collaboration of 13 organizations seeking to cut the deficit of 54,000 affordable housing units in our community in half over ten years by increasing local resources for affordable housing.
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