Media Advisory: A special day for a Nationwide Childrens Hospital family as they prepare to move into newly built home

October 19, 2011

A special day for a Nationwide Children’s Hospital family as they prepare to move into newly built home
Nationwide Children’s Hospital partners with City of Columbus, United Way to build home near hospital to accommodate family’s needs
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
10 a.m. – media opportunity

847 Carpenter St.
Columbus, OH 43206
*street parking available
*additional houses renovated by Healthy Neighborhood, Healthy Families on Carpenter St. will be open for viewing

-City of Columbus, Mayor Michael B. Coleman
-Columbus City Councilmember, Hearcel F. Craig
-Janet E. Jackson, President and CEO, United Way of Central Ohio
-Rev. John Edgar, Community Development for All People
-LaQuita Long, homeowner
-Steve Allen, MD, CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman alongside City Councilmember Hearcel Craig, United Way of Central Ohio President and CEO, Janet Jackson and Nationwide Children’s Hospital CEO, Steve Allen, MD, will celebrate the completion of an in-fill residential property created to address the specific housing needs of a Nationwide Children’s patient family.

Homebuyer LaQuita Long has two children, one of whom is wheelchair bound and makes frequent visits to the hospital. Due to the on-going treatment her daughter requires, Ms. Long was eager to find a home in the area. As she assessed her housing needs, it was determined there was a need for an ADA compliant home. With the support of Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families (HNHF), United Way of Central Ohio and the City of Columbus, a once vacant and blighted lot was turned into a home that made Ms. Long’s dream a reality.

Funded partially by the United Way and Nationwide Children’s, with the lot donated by the City of Columbus, Ms. Long and her family will move into their new home that accommodates their needs with a wheel chair ramp, interior hand rails and larger turning radii throughout the home for accessibility. This is the first home where the homebuyer and builders worked hand-in-hand to address the specific needs of the family.

HNHF, first announced in September 2008, is a five-pronged, public-private collaborative focused on neighborhood revitalization in Columbus’ South Side, which creates tangible outcomes through a broad-based effort that is responsive to the needs and desires of the community.  In collaboration with area non-profit partner, Community Development for All People, renovating and selling homes in Columbus’ South Side is the goal of the Affordable Housing prong. By addressing vacant and abandoned properties, offering programs like home buyer education and homeowner grant repair, HNHF-Healthy Homes is revitalizing the neighborhood. To date, the program has impacted 70 homes through full rehab and home repair grants.

Erin Pope
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Media Relations
Office: (614) 355-0495
Cell: (614) 562-1382

Dan Williamson
Mayor’s Office
(614) 645-5300

John Ivanic
Columbus City Council
(614) 645-6798

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at