Featured Project: Columbus Scholar House

Celebrating the Grand Opening for Columbus Scholar House

Union Square

August 30, 2017 - Columbus Scholar House is a unique affordable housing program designed to improve the lives of low income college students with children. Situated within four miles of ten local colleges, Columbus Scholar House provides thirty-eight units of affordable housing with Section 8 rent assistance. The project was co-developed by Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and CPO Management Services (CPO), an affiliate of Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing.

Highly motivated Columbus Scholar House residents are at-risk students who face barriers in completing their education. To address these needs, Columbus Scholar House supports participants in completing their education. Students receive direct support through CPO’s partnership with The Ohio State University’s ACCESS Collaborative. A Family Service Coordinator works with participants to develop goals and promote success.

The children of these families need essential early childhood development experiences to prepare for future academic success. An on-site childcare is provided for the children of these students through a partnership with the YMCA of Central Ohio at the “Future Scholars Community Learning Center.” The Columbus Scholar House Program provides quality, affordable housing and services tailored to support parents and their children concurrently, applying a twogeneration approach to break the cycle of generational poverty.

This development contributes to and supports the revitalization efforts of the Near East Side neighborhood and the initiatives of Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT), a partnership between the City of Columbus, CMHA and The Ohio State University.

The Columbus Scholar House Program requires participants to apply for and be accepted into a scholastic program in order to qualify for the housing component. Program Qualifications include:

  • Student parents with primary custody of at least one child
  • Full-time students (12 hours per semester/quarter) enrolled at a State of Ohio accredited institution of higher learning
  • Must have at least one additional year (24 credit hours) of coursework remaining
  • Must maintain full-time status and a GPA of 2.5 or higher throughout the program
  • All applicants subject to credit and criminal background check
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