Giving more people access to affordable housing — by eliminating vacant, blighted properties and increasing homeownership— is the cornerstone of HNHF. Through this initiative, we strengthen the neighborhood one home at a time.
Affordable housing is coordinated through Healthy Homes, a nonprofit housing organization and collaboration between Community Development for All People and Nationwide Children’s. The goal is to revitalize the neighborhood adjacent to Nationwide Children’s and Columbus’ South Side.
Since 2008, Healthy Homes has impacted more than 350 homes on the South Side, which includes:
- Full-gut renovations
- New builds with energy efficient and green features
- Grants to current residents through the Home Repair Program Healthy
Homes typically feature tankless water heaters, rain barrels, solar tubes, low VOC paint, recycled carpet, levered door handles and energy efficient windows.
Home Repair Program
The Home Repair Program offered by Healthy Homes provides grants to homeowners in the HNHF area to make exterior improvements to their home. Repair items include roofs, windows, doors, porches, siding, painting, gutters, fences, walkways and landscaping. The program encourages residents to stay in their homes for at least three years after the repairs are made.
The Residences at Career Gateway
The Residences at Career Gateway, located at Whittier Street and Heyl Avenue, provides 58-units of apartments and townhomes, along with on-site career development training.
Tenants must be earning at or below a certain income level, which is $44,640 a year for a family of four. Classes offered on-site will train tenants and other neighborhood residents for specific local job openings, as well as teach skills necessary for success in any position.
Learn More About Heathy Homes
Contact Gretchen West at (614) 355-0344 or Gretchen.West@NationwideChildrens.org.
The South Side Renaissance Fund
In 2018, the nonprofit Ohio Capital Finance Corporation, an affiliate of Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, announced the creation of the South Side Renaissance Fund. The $20 million loan fund will provide long-term funding for acquiring, constructing and permanent financing of up to 170 units of multifamily rental housing, serving families with incomes between 60 and 80 percent of area median income, or $45,840 to $61,100 for a family of four.
The fund is made up of a $15 million loan and $5 million in grant funding. It will allow Healthy Homes to expand. The funders include Fifth Third Community Development Corporation, First Financial Bank, First Merchants Bank, Huntington Community Development Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank, The Union Bank, The Affordable House Trust for Columbus and Franklin County and Ohio Capital Finance Corporation.