A complete “gut/rehab” is done on each house. This means the interior walls are removed down to the studs. The house is remodeled with new electrical wiring, plumbing, central heating and air conditioning. Redesigned kitchens feature new cabinets, sinks, countertops and energy efficient appliances. New wall to wall carpet is installed throughout each house.
You may qualify to purchase one of these homes, even if you've never been able to afford a home before or need to work on your credit. Several major grants help subsidize the cost of each home so they can be offered below market value. There are trained professionals available to help people through the process of applying for these homes. Assistance is also available to help with down payments and closing cost. Buyers who sign purchase contracts while the renovations are underway can be involved in determining the layout of the kitchens as well as selecting colors for interior walls and carpeting.
Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families (HNHF) Realty Collaborative
Community Development for All People teamed up with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2008 to form the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families (HNHF) Realty Collaborative; with the intent to rehabilitate and repair homes within a 38 block area to the immediate south and east of the Hospital’s main campus. With funding provided by Nationwide Children’s, the United Way of Central Ohio and the City of Columbus’ Department of Development, to date 25 homes have been renovated, 3 new homes have been built on formerly vacant lots, and 35 homeowners have received grants for exterior home improvements.
The goal of HNHF is to generate a net community gain of 65-75 homes within the next 3 to 5 years, by renovating houses and with the creation of a Home Repair Program for area homeowners.
For more information on homes completed by HNHF Realty Collaborative, visit the Healthy Homes website at www.healthyhomesCO.org.
South Side Renaissance Homesis a non-profit housing initiative that focuses on housing rehabilitation and home repair. Community Development for All People has partnered with South Side businessmen Don Kelley, Jim Williams, Jim Grote and Bob Yoakam to start the initiative. Healthy Homes will provide project and construction management support.
South Side Renaissance (SSR) has committed to providing new-build infill homes in the impact area within the next year. These affordable homes, available for homeownership, will have open floor plans and energy-efficient features. All properties will benefit from tax abatement. The target price on all homes is not to exceed roughly $80,000.00.
In addition, individuals who live within the South Side Renaissance Impact Area and currently own and live in their home may qualify for the Home Repair Program. The program is provided to homeowners for exterior repairs including: painting, siding, windows, doors, porch repair, roofing, siding, concrete work, and landscaping. Over the next year SSR will provide 50 home repair grants to homeowners in the Impact Area.
The Home Repair Program now includes special emphasis on locating veterans within the impact area. These additional grants are made possible by the Columbus City Council.
To apply for the Home Repair Program contact:
Phone: 614.445-7342 ext. 25
Address: 946 Parsons Avenue PO Box 6063 Columbus, OH 43206