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Community Development Services

The following is a listing of services and programs offered by Community Development section of the Economic Development and Planning Department.

In order to receive Housing and Public & Social Services from the Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department, recipients must reside in Franklin County but outside the Columbus city limits.

For programs with an income-eligibility requirement, recipients must not exceed low-income limits, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For 2016, the yearly household income limits to qualify as “low-income” are as follows:


1 person

$39,000

2 persons

$44,600

3 persons

$50,150

4 persons

$55,700

5 persons

$60,200

6 persons

$64,650

7 persons

$69,100

8 persons

$73,550


Housing

Home Rehabilitation - Urgent Repair Grants
The Urgent Repair program provides grants for up to $6,500 to income-eligible homeowners to repair a major failing system in a household that threatens the occupants’ immediate health and safety as well as on-site sewage disposal systems and wells. Grants are also available for architectural modifications to the homes or rental units of handicapped residents.
Contact
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
111 Liberty Street, Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-228-2663
Website: http://www.morpc.org

Home Rehabilitation – Elderly & Disabled Minor Home Repair
This program provides income-eligible senior and/or disabled homeowners 55 years or older grants for up to $1,000 to rehabilitate their houses from conditions that could threaten their health and safety.
Contact
Economic & Community Development Institute
1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-559-0115
Website: http://www.ecdi.org

First Time Homebuyer Downpayment Assistance
The Down Payment Assistance program assists income-eligible first-time homeowners with down payments and closing costs for the purchase of a home in Franklin County (outside the Columbus city limits). First-time homebuyer counseling services are also available through this program.
Contact
Homeport
3443 Agler Road
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Phone: 614-221-8889
Website: http://www.homeport.org

Home, Ownership, Prosperity and Empowerment
Ohio State University Extension Office offers a pre-purchase homeownership workshop series to assist low-income residents in the cities of Whitehall, Reynoldsburg, and Grove City to reach their goals of becoming homeowners.
Contact
OSU Extension Office
175 E. Seventh Avenue, Suite 163
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: 614-247-1983
Website: http://extension.osu.edu/

 

Economic Development

Microenterprise Loan Program
This program funds a revolving loan program for low- and moderate-income business owners opening a new or expanding an existing business who employ 1-5 employees. To qualify, the owner-applicant household earnings must not exceed 80% of the area median income. A revolving loan program is also available for businesses to open retails shops in Franklin County’s retail corridors.
Contact
Economic & Community Development Institute
1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-559-0115
Website: http://www.ecdi.org

Microenterprise Business Development Program
This program is designed to assist low- and moderate-income individuals in Franklin County to develop a comprehensive business plan. The purpose of this program is to start, manage and grow microenterprises that will create products or services and jobs for underserved communities in Franklin County. Activities include: providing one-on-one assistance to beneficiaries to encourage start-up; providing professional one-on-one consulting on business-specific issues and concerns; providing certificates for successful course completion; and providing on-going coaching and mentoring to ensure success.
Contact
Increase CDC, Inc.
3433 Agler Road, Suite 2100
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Phone: 614-383-7750
Website: http://www.increasecdc.org

Fresh Foods Initiative
United Way of Central Ohio offers a program focusing on making healthful foods available to low- and moderate-income neighborhoods on the west side of Franklin County by working with local food businesses to stock such commodities on their shelves.
Contact
United Way of Central Ohio
360 S. 3rd Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-227-2798
Website: https://liveunitedcentralohio.org/

Lemonade Stand
The National CEO Leadership Institute offers Youth Lemonade Day, a youth entrepreneur initiative designed to teach youth how to start, own and operate their own micro-business by operating a lemonade stand.  With the assistance of business mentors the program helps youth set goals, develop a business plan, secure investors, create a product, make profit and give back to their community.
Contact
The National CEO Leadership Institute, Inc.
5078 Harbor Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio 43232
Phone: 614-806-5683

Employment Services for the Developmentally Disabled
Respite Connections provides employment services including job coaching to developmentally disabled Franklin County Residents.
Contact
Respite Connections, Inc.
5250 Strawberry Farms Blvd
Columbus, Ohio 43230
Phone: 614-890-4357
Website: http://www.respiteconnections.org/

 

Public & Social Services

Housing Retention Services
Community Housing Network provides housing retention services to low-income tenant households that have a history of mental illness, addiction and homelessness. Services include: training classes, the monitoring of tenants, financial counseling, conflict resolution, assistance with critical needs, advocacy, and referral to vocational services.
Contact
Community Housing Network
1680 Watermark Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-487-6724
Website: www.chninc.org

MOBILE - Equipment for the Hearing Impaired
This program provides income-eligible hearing-impaired homeowners with adaptive equipment, such as flashing alarms and other systems, to be installed in their residences.
Contact
MOBILE
690 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43206
Phone: 614-443-5936
Website: http://www.mobileonline.org

Lifecare Alliance - Nutritional Program
Funding is provided to Lifecare Alliance to provide nutritional services for individuals and families suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Contact
Lifecare Alliance
1699 West Mound Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
Phone: 614-278-3130
Website: http://www.lifecarealliance.org

Fair Housing Services
Funding is provided to the Columbus Urban League (CUL) to aid Franklin County residents in accessing fair and affordable housing opportunities. CUL provides fair housing services including education, advocacy, testing and enforcement of fair housing law as well as the implementation of the community Fair Housing Plan.
Contact
Columbus Urban League
788 Mount Vernon Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Phone: 614-257-6300
Website: http://www.cul.org

Tool Library
Rebuilding Together Central Ohio provides a mobile tool library to low-income residents seeking tools to make home improvements. The Tool Library loans over 200 different types of and over 4,500 individual hand and power tools to individuals and nonprofit organizations.
Contact
Rebuilding Together Central Ohio
2771 East 4th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Phone: 614-258-6392
Website: http://rtcentralohio.org/

Housing Counseling
Homes on the Hill provides housing counseling services to eligible homeowners and potential homeowners advising those clients in regards to purchasing a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures and credit issues.
Contact
Homes on the Hill
3659 Soldano Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio 43228
Phone: 614-275-4663
Website: www.hoth-cdc.org

Individual Development Accounts
East Columbus Development Company offers Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), which are special savings accounts that match the deposits of low- and moderate-income individuals. For every dollar saved in an IDA, clients receive a corresponding match. In return the clients contractually agree to complete financial education classes and to use their savings for an asset-building purpose – either for post-secondary education, job training, the purchase of a home or to capitalize a small business.
Contact
East Columbus Development Company
240 N. Champion Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Phone: 614-372-0884
Website: www.ecdcohio.org

Stepping Off to College
East Columbus Development Company provides college entry readiness skills to high school students preparing to enter college including the provision of a laptop computer upon successful completion of the program.
Contact
East Columbus Development Company
240 N. Champion Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Phone: 614-372-0884
Website: www.ecdcohio.org

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