Groundbreaking Held for New Permanent Supportive Housing Development in Columbus


(Van Buren Village is the new construction of 100 units of permanent supportive housing developed by Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio and Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority.)

October 2, 2014 – An investment of $14.7 million will add 100 units of permanent supportive housing designated for Franklin County ADAMH clients and participants of the Rebuilding Lives program to the South Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. A groundbreaking ceremony was held today to commemorate the start of construction. Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority have partnered in this project to provide quality housing and ensure quality mental health and wellness services are available to all residents of Van Buren Village. Supportive service partners will also provide education, job retention, and health/wellness programs to residents.

Van Buren Village is designed to provide on-site management, supportive services, 24-hour staffing, a community room with kitchen, office spaces, and a counseling room. The property will feature a laundry room, additional storage, a computer/business center, a library, and video surveillance for safety. Resident units will be furnished and contain a full kitchen with microwave oven and garbage disposal. Units will also provide air conditioning, window blinds, emergency call buttons, and an intercom system. The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority has committed to providing project based vouchers for all 100 units.

Van Buren Village was developed using a combination of low-income housing tax credits and a Housing Development Loan administered through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, a construction loan through Huntington National Bank, funding from the Columbus/Franklin County Affordable Housing Trust and the City of Columbus. Equity investment was provided by Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing. Investment partners include Huntington National Bank and Fifth Third Community Development Corporation. Community Properties of Ohio Management Services, an affiliate of OCCH, will provide property management.

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