Creating partnerships for good Dear Friends: For 25 years, CHN has built healthy communities by helping people who face severe challenges locate quality homes, integrate into stable neighborhoods, and rebuild the foundation of their lives. We could never have imagined from modest beginnings as a housing development organization of the ADAMH Board of Franklin County that Community Housing Network would earn a reputation as one of the nation's leading providers of permanent supportive housing. Yet today CHN serves nearly 2,200 individuals in nearly every corner of Franklin County. Back in 1987, communities were ill-prepared to offer care in the community to individuals released from mental health hospitals. The nation's largest health-care philanthropy, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, chose CHN to pilot a local solution to deinstitutionalization. What we created together became a national movement for supportive housing for people disabled by mental illness, substance addiction and homelessness. Since then, CHN has grown into an independent, not-for-profit organization holding real estate assets worth $43 million. As a pioneer in affordable housing, CHN has had a tremendous impact: • For clients – recovery and independence • For the community – high-quality housing and reduced need for high-cost emergency care, homeless shelters and institutionalization. Through the years, more than 50 agencies and non-profit organizations have provided the social, health and employment services that enable us to achieve our mission. It gives us great pride to know that with their help, men and women are now leading fulfilling lives. Children who grow up in our housing enjoy nurturing starts in life thanks to CHN housing communities. Community Housing Network ends our first quarter-century with a solid strategy to meet new challenges and serve the next generation of residents. You will read more about our strategic plan on page 5.
I hope you share our pride in reaching our 25th anniversary because we could not have done it without you. It's astonishing how much we do together to serve our clients and community. We look forward to many more successful years together. Sincerely,
Susan Weaver Chief Executive Officer
Number of residents now living in CHN housing 2
Number of apartments owned or managed by CHN
Charles H. McCreary Board Chairman
Number of CHN housing locations
Millions of dollars in total corporate assets
Community Housing Network develops, owns, and manages housing across Franklin County, Ohio. We rent affordable apartments to people disabled by mental illness, substance addiction and who have histories of homelessness. CHN strategically engages with service agencies that connect residents to the services they need. Our goal is to help people with special needs keep their housing and have access to employment programs.
Second chances open doors to independence Community Housing Network believes that everyone deserves a second chance. CHN’s former resident, Chaundra Epps, turned her second chance into first-rate opportunities. She is a graduate of Capital University and has a good job as a claims representative for a government agency. Her 11-year old son, a math and science wizard whose sights are set on a career in engineering, attends a private, college-preparatory academy. Chaundra exudes self-confidence and determination. Yet her successes were far from assured. Nearly 20 years ago, her life was unraveling. She suffered depression so severe that she lost her job. Unable to earn a living, she fell behind in rent and lost her apartment. This woman who grew up in a nice home in a middle-class family was now homeless. “When I lost everything, I thought ‘I am officially in hell,’ “ she said. After seeking help at a local mental health center, she was referred to Community Housing Network. That's when Chaundra's life turned around. CHN staff and service providers “helped me to have stability and confidence.”
“They helped me take on more challenges,” Chaundra said. “I had a safe place to come home to even if I felt bad. The housing coordinator checked on me, and if I wasn't doing well would reach out to my case manager. I knew there was someone caring and watching over me.” That support enabled Chaundra to work through her recovery and become strong enough to work, raise her son, and go to school. Armed with a diploma, Chaundra landed her first full-time job in two decades. Before long, she was earning too much money to remain in CHN housing. “When they said I had to move, I was devastated.” Now she resides happily without CHN's support. Chaundra traces her good fortune to CHN. “I enjoy getting up every day. Where I have travelled to get here has made me more appreciative and made me more aware of others' needs,” she said. When you support CHN, she said, “You're helping individuals, whether struggling with mental illness, drug dependency or everyday financial hardship, to get into some place stable that they can afford and lead a productive life.” Chaundra's second chance has become her son's first chance. “That opportunity wouldn't have been there without the door to stable housing. It opened up everything.”
1987 Community Housing Network is founded by Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County.
1989 First tenant moves into CHN housing at 115 Belvidere Ave.
Expands mission to provide supportive housing to those with addictionrelated disabilities and histories of homelessness.
2007 Led change in state laws to permit use of mental health housing funds in tax credit projects, paving the way to renovate 414 units.
New homes and helping hands at Inglewood Court Community Housing Network's latest endeavor, Inglewood Court apartments, opened in spring 2013 on the west side of Columbus. As a Rebuilding Lives project supported by the Rebuilding Lives Funder Collaborative, Inglewood is reserved for people disabled by mental illness and histories of homelessness. CHN partners with Maryhaven to provide a full range of support, including counseling, basic life skills, budgeting, and employment services.
The wooded site provides a secluded, peaceful living environment.
The site has easy access to public transportation, convenient shopping and employment areas. The building is designed in the American lodge style and provides 60 one-bedroom apartments and common space for 24/7 security, on-site support staff, and tenant services. Amenities include a community room with a full kitchen; computer center; fitness center; entertainment room; patio and picnic shelter; group meeting room; and offices for social workers and a nurse. Funding was provided by City of Columbus, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Franklin County, U.S. Department of HUD, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, KeyBank, ADAMH Board of Franklin County, and Community Shelter Board.
CHN builds on history with latest development When Community Housing Network's latest building rises at 550 E. Rich Street, it will evoke the last half of the nineteenth century, but offer the amenities of a state-of-the-art supportive housing development.
We will break ground on Hawthorn Grove in summer 2014 and be ready to welcome residents the following year. Located in Columbus' East Town Street Historic District, the apartment building will replace a surface parking lot with a beautiful structure that echoes the neighborhoods' brick Italianate and Queen Anne dwellings that were once home to the city's prominent business owners, political figures and professionals. Major funding for the $6 million project will come from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, ADAMH Board of Franklin County, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, City of Columbus, Federal Home Loan Bank, Franklin County, and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing. All 40 units will be rent-subsidized by the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. The one-bedroom apartments will house an on-site manager. To encourage recovery and employment, Hawthorn Grove will feature a computer room, TV lounge, exercise area, community kitchen and lounge, and bike storage. ADAMH system providers will offer on-site supportive services to residents, including recovery and wellness-related programs. The urban location is ideally situated near public transportation, parks and community resources, including the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Southpoint Place opens: the first supportive housing development for both individuals and families in Franklin County.
Begins massive preservation plan to rehabilitate over 400 units.
2009 Moved office to a single location in the Grandview Heights area to accommodate more than 100 staff and resident training sessions.
2010 Dogwood Glen opens, the first new-construction housing project to receive capital funds from Ohio MHAS along with housing credits.
From the classroom to the community: Better consumer care Community Housing Network is helping to raise the professional standards and quality of care in supportive housing through a new collaboration with Columbus State Community College. In spring 2013, the college launched a supportive housing course to bridge the gap between classroom knowledge and practical experience for students interested in a career in mental health and addiction services. Taught by a staff member at CHN, the course engages students with residents of supportive housing communities, with crisis intervention programs at Netcare, and with the Columbus police's Crisis Intervention Team of uniformed officers. So far, 30 students have enrolled in the program.
Over time, more people coming into the workforce will be better prepared, and that translates to better consumer care. Beginning in early 2014, community organizations will collaborate in designing a certificate program to train residents of supportive housing. Graduates of the certificate program will be ready for entry-level supportive housing positions. Consumers benefit from peer-support counselors who have successfully dealt with mental health problems themselves, and this new program will align with the best practices in mental health and recovery treatment. In addition to CHN, organizations providing input into the curriculum with the CSCC faculty are: Goodwill Columbus, Volunteers of America, Concord Counseling, Amethyst, COVA, National Church Residences, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Community Properties of Ohio, The PEER Center, and Community Shelter Board.
Getting better at doing good For 25 years, CHN has been a leader in providing safe, affordable housing linked to supportive services for people with disabilities and other special needs. Our housing model is considered among the industry's best practices. But to continue being an innovator required us to seize opportunities arising from market trends, including explosive demand for housing at a time of shifting funding policies. This year CHN management undertook a strategic planning process that assessed and adjusted our organization's direction in response to these challenges. During the months of planning that involved our Board of Trustees, staff, residents and stakeholders, we reaffirmed our business model: focusing on developing and expanding the community's supportive housing assets, while engaging service providers to connect our residents to essential services.
Most important, we want our residents to experience the highest-quality services delivered in a manner that is easiest for them to access. To accomplish this, we are working closely with our partner agencies to provide best-in-class services, establish clear performance outcomes and ensure accountability. Other strategies will enhance our organization's technological, financial and human resources infrastructure to grow efficiently and effectively. Implementing these strategies will take us to the next level of growth to achieve our mission for years to come.
Housing preservation halfway to completion
Aging CHN units have been given a new lease on life. We have now rehabilitated one-half of the units in our six-year plan to preserve 414 apartments in 81 buildings. Critically, this year CHN also received tax credit financing on the final phase to start in late 2014. We have owned many of our apartments for more than 15 years. They require major rehabilitation to protect the community’s initial investment. CHN renovations to apartment buildings include new roofs, windows, HVAC systems and landscaping. In addition, security features and energy efficiency are enhanced. Inside, modern kitchens and bathrooms, new flooring and fresh painting complete the total make-over. To enable CHN to complete the preservation in phases over multiple competitive funding rounds, the affordable housing and special needs community funders came together to support the project with financing commitments. In particular, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency determined that because the project had such strong community support, it could receive commitments from a special set-aside source, allowing CHN to rely on several rounds of funding in an otherwise competitive process.
These assurances also enabled CHN to obtain bridge financing from the Ohio Preservation Compact and the Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County. Ours was the first loan from the Compact’s loan fund. The project’s unique complexity and multi-year duration represented a risk for the loan fund and CHN. Yet with good-faith commitments from all parties, the loan will be repaid on schedule in October 2014. The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority granted new subsidy contracts and extended existing contracts for 15 years. Additional funding came from the City of Columbus, Franklin County, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, and from numerous private enterprises investing through the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing. Through the end of 2015, CHN will invest $55 million in six Columbus-area neighborhoods. Remarkably for a project of such scale, the renovation is on schedule and on budget, a reflection of our staff’s capabilities and contractors’ dedication. Materials have been meticulously selected to ensure durability and reduce expenses.
The investment is already paying off in lower maintenance costs. Housing preservation is an investment in the community asset of affordable housing – and in residents' quality of life.
Units rehabilitated and preserved
Statements of Financial Position Assets
Statements of Activities & Changes in Net Assets
Current Assets Cash $ 318,489 $ Cash - designated 3,214,646 Accounts receivable: Trade, net 208,511 Tax credit projects 1,227,553 Grants and subsidies, net 188,550 Prepaid expenses 116,933 5,274,682
12/31/11 564,771 2,027,970 36,738 457,835 248,861 93,065 3,429,240
Property and equipment, net 20,409,829 20,980,531 Other assets 18,025,822 15,780,785 $ 43,710,333 $ 40,190,556
Current Liabilities Accrued expenses and liabilities $ 1,071,541 $ Deferred rental income 108,862 Notes payable 1,091,132 2,271,535 Long-term Liabilities, less current maturities Tenants' security deposits 218,841 Line of credit 375,365 Notes Payable 7,392,257 7,986,463
Unrestricted Net Assets 15,051,312 Temporarily restricted net assets 18,401,023 33,452,335
1,134,293 197,788 172,914 1,504,995 231,863 375,365 8,370,201 8,977,429 12,158,225 17,549,907 29,708,132
Rental Income $ Grants from government and other agencies Rent subsidies Supportive services Investment in project entities: Forgiveness of debt Development and Management fees Other income
261,000 2,786,195 882,478 15,798,003
0 1,371,934 1,006,481 13,964,202
Program Services: Service enriched housing Other housing models Property management Real estate development
7,252,729 3,230,928 140,197 460,734 11,084,588
6,746,243 3,596,324 178,182 322,567 10,843,316
Management and general Impairment loss-investment in project entity
759,582 209,630 12,053,800
765,316 324,526 11,933,158
Change in net assets
Net assets, beginning of year 3,744,203 2,031,044 Net assets, end of year 29,708,132 27,677,088 $ 33,452,335 $ 29,708,132
Copies of the audited financial statements are available upon request.
$ 40,190,556 WORTHINGTON
Unit Density – – – – – – – – – – –
0 - 4 units 5 - 8 units ALBANY 9 - 12NEW units 13 - 16 units 17 - 80 units GAHANNA group homes
2,178 Total residents 100% Disabled / special needs 66.8% From homeless situations UPPER ARLINGTON
33.2% Non-homeless situations HILLIARD
WHITEHALL GRANDVIEW Heights
$6,902 Average income
$4,367 Average income at move-in
859 Adult females
959 Adult males
360 Children under 18
OBETZ GROVE CITY
Hispanic, Asian, or other
CHN owns and operates more than 1,700 units of supportive housing in the City of Columbus and 6 suburban communities throughout Franklin County.
Partners & Collaborators
The Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County
Hamilton Local School District
Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) of Franklin County
AIDS Resource Center Ohio
Homeless Families Foundation
Campus Partners for Community Urban Development
The Columbus Foundation
Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County
Huckleberry House, Inc.
Community Shelter Board
IMPACT Community Action
City of Columbus
City of Columbus
Center on Vocational Alternatives (COVA)
City of Columbus City Neighborhood Liaisons Program
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
Lutheran Social Services
Columbus, Ohio Division of Police
Donations and Contributions
Lutheran Social Services - Faith Mission
Columbus Public Health
Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
Lutheran Social Services - Nancy's Place
Columbus Urban League
Franklin County Board of Commissioners
Columbus Area, Inc./Pathways
COMPASS Program, Broad Street Presbyterian Church
Nationwide Insurance Foundation
Columbus Coalition for the Homeless
Maryhaven Engagement Center
Council of South Side Business Organizations
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Driving Park Area Commission
Ohio Development Services Agency
Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.: Health Care for the Homeless
East Columbus Civic Association
Mental Health America of Franklin County
East Fifth Avenue Business Association, Inc.
Columbus, Ohio Division of Police
Metropolitan Community Services: T.O.U.C.H.
Eastfield-Westfield Block Watch
Columbus Urban League
Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competency
Community Properties of Ohio
NAMI Franklin County
Franklinton Pride Center
Community Research Partners
Gladden Community House
Community Support Network
Greater Hilltop Area Commission King Lincoln Bronzeville Association
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
COMPASS Program, Broad Street Presbyterian Church
North Central Mental Health Services North Community Counseling Centers, Inc.
Krumm Park Recreation Center
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Concord Counseling Services
The Open Shelter, Inc.
The Long Street Business Association
Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC)
The P.E.E.R. Center
Mt. Vernon Avenue District Improvement Association, Inc.
Near East Area Commission
Southeast Inc., Friends of the Homeless
Near East Pride Center
Southeast Inc., Recovery and Mental Health Care Services
North Central Area Commission
(formerly Ohio Department of Development)
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Ohio Housing Finance Agency Ohio Preservation Compact Osteopathic Heritage Foundations The Reinberger Foundation
United Way of Central Ohio
Dublin Counseling Center Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services Franklin County Veterans Service Commission
Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
HandsOn Central Ohio
Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio YMCA of Central Ohio
Organizations Represented on Community Advisory Groups & Other Community Advisors
North Linden Area Commission Northeast Area Commission Parsons Avenue Merchants Association Parsons Baptist Church Reeb Hosack Area Planning Committee/Steelton Village Scioto Community Nursing Home Scioto Southland Civic Association
Programs with Community Advisory Committees Briggsdale Apartments
North High Street Apartments
Dogwood Glen Apartments
Parsons Avenue Apartments
East Fifth Avenue Apartments
Holt Avenue Apartments
Southpoint Place Apartments
Inglewood Court Apartments
St. Clair Hotel Apartments
North 22nd Street Apartments
Shenandoah Partnership South Side Pride Center South Side Settlement House Southside Neighbors Against Crime Southwest Area Commission St. Mary of the Springs Starr Columbus, Hannah Neil Center for Children University Area Commission University Community Business Association
Board of Trustees
Charles McCreary Chairman Bricker & Eckler LLP
John Royer Kohr Royer Griffith
Susan E. Weaver CEO
Blaine Brockman Vice Chair Brockman Legal Services
Jay Shaw Wagenbrenner Development
Anthony Penn Chief Operating Officer
Mari Sunami Retired, South Side Settlement House
Sue Greenway Finance Director
Judge G. Gary Tyack Judge, Tenth District Court of Appeals
Samantha Shuler, Esq. Development & Asset Management Director
Dean Weinert Mutual Federal Savings Bank
Kathy Hatfield Grants & Data Management Director
Susan E. Weaver CEO, Community Housing Network, Inc.
Cynthia Mercer Human Resources Director
Clark L. Lloyd Secretary/Treasurer Nationwide Investments Adam Heeter Oxford Consulting Group, Inc Robert Oakley Retired, Nationwide Insurance
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Community Housing Network's 2012 Annual Report