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Dear Friends,

Community Housing Network has developed supportive housing since 1987 – longer than any other local organization. Today, CHN serves close to 2,200 individuals in nearly every corner of Franklin County. For people with long histories of housing instability, a CHN apartment is the platform to recovery and wellness. Working with our community partners, we engage residents in managing their own health and well-being through high-quality behavioral health care, employment readiness, community engagement, and childhood enrichment.

By addressing the physical, social and economic needs of vulnerable people – going beyond housing – CHN helps to reduce high public health costs and improve health outcomes. This year, CHN also made internal changes to improve our residents’ experience and use resources efficiently. For instance, we increased the number of housing coordinators to improve interaction and communications with residents, and stepped up our response to residents’ maintenance issues. Last year, CHN celebrated 25 years of providing stable housing for low-income, disabled adults and children in Franklin County. In the coming year, we will expand our capabilities to meet the growing need for affordable, safe housing – and engage our residents with life-altering services beyond housing.

Susan Weaver cited as a housing “pioneer” Susan Weaver, CHN founder and Chief Executive Officer, was honored as a Pioneer in Supporting Housing by the Corporation for Supportive Housing. CSH recognized her “unmatched commitment to high-quality affordable housing and serving the most vulnerable people.” Susan is a trusted advisor on affordable housing, currently serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing. In addition, she is a member on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati’s Advisory Committee, the Joint Columbus Franklin County Housing Advisory Board, and Franklin County Community Development Advisory Committee.


We continue to appreciate and earn your support, as together we realize the promise of the great work Community Housing Network began 25 years ago.


Charles H. McCreary Board Chairman

Susan Weaver Chief Executive Officer

Our mission

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.

Beyond Housing Community engagement

Community Housing Network broke ground on our latest development – Hawthorn Grove, located in Columbus’ urban core, at 550 E. Rich Street. We recognized our invaluable investors and government officials during a community event in June.

Breaking new ground in the lives of vulnerable people

Hawthorn Grove will be a state-of-the-art residence echoing the grand homes that once graced the downtown neighborhood, now called the Discovery District. The central location enables residents to engage with the neighborhood and enjoy parks, universities, museums, and the Columbus Metropolitan Library. All 40 units will be rent-subsidized by the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. ADAMH system providers will offer supportive services on the site, including recovery, wellness and employment-related programs. “Hawthorn Grove will offer 40 men and women a new start in life and make positive contributions to a historic neighborhood,” said Susan Weaver, CEO of Community Housing Network. Of the total $6 million investment, nearly half will come from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the ADAMH Board of Franklin County. We’re proud that Hawthorn Grove is the first housing project to receive ADAMH capital investment, after voters authorized the agency to expand the county’s housing options. Other project partners are: The Arlington Bank, City of Columbus, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Huntington National Bank, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, and Ohio Housing Finance Agency.


Beyond H Behavioral health care

“This place has saved me.” Patricia, East Fifth Avenue Apartments

I’ve lived in Columbus most of my life and earned an associate degree in theology. I have four children, six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Things unraveled for me when I got divorced after 30 years of marriage. Looking back, I’d say that mental illness affected my marriage. But the way my family brought up my illness to me was abusive and hurtful. I was working in customer service in 2012 when I had a total meltdown on the job. I lost my job and my car. Without medical insurance from work, I couldn’t get medications. I was in a psychiatric hospital for weeks.

Then I moved in with close family, who were emotionally and verbally abusive. There were three adults and three children in a two-bedroom apartment. One night I just wanted to leave, but they stood against me and restrained me. I just wanted to die. I couldn’t handle it any more. I was taken to Netcare Access and referred to Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare, where I was for three weeks. I was homeless and bounced around again, ending back at Twin Valley hospital for a three-month stay. I moved back in with my family, but the abuse was still there. I felt so beaten down that many times death looked easier than living. Then my case manager referred me to East Fifth Avenue Apartments last year. I was unsure how I’d handle things, but the building is staffed 24/7, the doors are locked, and there are families visiting everywhere, so I thought I would be safe. I had access to medications, counseling and the SOAR peer support group at Southeast. I continue to receive psychological services from Concord Counseling on site. Here I’m not alone, other people are going through what I’m going through. I feel stronger and more in control. Without this home at East Fifth Avenue, I would probably be dead. I would have taken a boatload of pills. My grandchildren and the other children visiting here keep me young and give me something to smile about. That brings a lot of peace to me. My plans are to own my home someday. I would love to go back to school and work toward becoming a teacher at the collegiate level.

Nowhere to Go Although Patricia’s story is one of hope, it also sounds the alarm for better ways to help people who are discharged from psychiatric hospitals. Like Patricia, too many people have no place to go after typically short hospital stays, which can reverse recovery gained through daily psychotherapy and medication dosing. This year, the ADAMH Board of Franklin County teamed with CHN on a pilot program to find homes for people discharged from hospitals. Successful transitions involve a collaborative approach that assumes discharge planning begins the moment a person is admitted to the hospital. Case managers in CHN’s intake department guide consumers into housing and link them to community support, including counseling and access to medications. Results of the ongoing pilot show promise for the future: since January, CHN and ADAMH have touched 96 individuals who were homeless, had no income, and were leaving local hospital facilities. To date, CHN has found safe and affordable housing for 55 of these individuals; 26 have found permanent housing, and 29 are in transitional placements until long-term housing can be located for them.


Housing Employment readiness

Jobs rebuild lives and renew spirits

Preserving housing for future generations Until there’s a supportive housing apartment for everyone who needs one, not one unit can be safely taken out of the housing stock.

CHN resident Cherrelle Harris

For residents in CHN’s employment program, every paycheck comes with a bonus – a boost in self-esteem and well-being. Through its service partners, CHN launched an employment program in 2013 to match employers with residents who are eager to enrich their bank accounts and their lives. Of the 46 people who were placed during holiday hiring events, 25 percent are still on the job. This is a remarkable outcome, considering that tenants struggle with mental illness, substance addiction, and gaps in employment. CHN’s employment specialist pursues opportunities with companies of all types and sizes, from mom-and-pop shops to Fortune 500 corporations. Residents have been hired for positions in customer service, maintenance, landscaping, painting, and warehousing. A fall Job Fair drew residents to meet with eight area employers, including Donato’s, A1 Staffing, and CleanTurn. Job prospects introduced themselves to company representatives and submitted employment applications.

CHN resident Cherrelle Harris attended the event “not just to find a job, but to find a career that I can have for years to come” to support her family. To help prepare residents for the workforce, CHN and the Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA) provide employment readiness, life skills training and computer keyboarding.

That’s why CHN embarked on a rigorous, multi-year Preservation Plan to rehabilitate 414 apartments in 81 buildings. These structures, most built in the mid-1900s, were in great need of repairs and upgrades to make them serviceable far into the future. Although the units are safe, they lack contemporary features that improve energy efficiency, security and appearance. Modern kitchens and bathrooms, landscaping and new coats of paint give the scattered-site apartments a new lease on life. In 2013, CHN rehabbed 90 apartments and closed on the construction financing for 133 units in the University District and west side of Franklin County, putting CHN well on track to rejuvenate all units by the end of 2015. CHN will invest $55 million in construction on sites in six Columbus-area neighborhoods. Financing has come from the Ohio Preservation Compact, the Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County, City of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio Department of Mental Health, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, ADAMH Board of Franklin County, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing. CHN negotiates short-term leases with private landlords for residents temporarily displaced during the construction. Housing coordinators identify individuals who may need extra support to minimize stress and link them to case managers who facilitate access to services. With our sights set on the future, CHN will maintain the value of our properties and preserve homes for residents now and for years to come.

More than ever, CHN residents are finding value in meaningful employment; 23 percent more residents are working than when the pilots began.


Beyond Childhood enrichment

Fun and fundamentals mix to give kids strong starts

CHN provides homes to 400 children under 18 years of age. Many of them have experienced homelessness or witnessed substance abuse.

This year, CHN launched educational and enrichment programs to equip children with the skills they need to make positive choices, succeed in school, and grow up into healthy adults. Thanks to funding from Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, 22 youngsters from Southpoint Place Apartments attended YMCA Hoover Park Camp. Over nine weeks, they participated in swimming, science lessons with hands-on experiments, painting, and a talent show that showcased their creative abilities.

Transforming lives Stable housing is the first step toward improving health, maintaining recovery, finding work, and keeping families united. Years in CHN housing

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CHN provides a high return on investment Consumer setting

Avg. daily public cost 2013

CHN housing 1


Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Hospital (Columbus) 2

$ 634.91

Ohio regional psychiatric hospitals 2

$ 584.76

Ohio correctional institutions 3


Ohio Capital Corporation continued its support for CHN’s children’s services yearlong through a grant funded by KeyBank.


After school, kids get extra attention on site at Southpoint. Concord Counseling collaborated with Buckeye Ranch this year to provide homework help, along with reading, individual study time, and group activities such as cooking and painting.


1 Rent subsidy, based on October monthly rate 2 Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services 2014 Annual Report 3 Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction 2014 Annual Report

Buckeye Ranch staff help parents reinforce what children learn in the classroom by providing information about community programs offered at the Columbus Public Library and other accessible locations.


291 with dependant children

845 adult females

893 adult males

409 children under 18

84.5% homeless / at risk of homelessness

100% disabled / special needs

Other: 2%

White: 34%

Black: 64%

Of our 2,147 residents

“When we work together to help children break the cycle of poverty, instability or homelessness, we also strengthen the greater Columbus community,” said Susan Weaver, Chief Executive Officer of Community Housing Network.

Housing Statements of Financial Position

Statements of Activities & Changes in Net Assets

12/31/13 12/31/12 Assets


Current Assets Cash $ Cash - designated Accounts receivable: Trade, net Tax credit projects Grants and subsidies, net Prepaid expenses

1,864,997 $ 318,489 3,896,955 3,214,646 190,327 1,500,000 240,864 101,903 7,795,046

208,511 1,227,553 188,550 116,933 5,274,682

Property and equipment, net 17,506,551 20,409,829 Other assets 20,591,403 18,025,822 $ 45,893,000 $ 43,710,333

Liabilities Current Liabilities Accrued expenses and liabilities $ Deferred rental income Notes payable Long-term Liabilities, less current maturities Tenants' security deposits Line of credit Notes Payable

1,151,807 $ 1,071,541 225,011 108,862 1,896,618 1,091,132 3,273,436 2,271,535 173,682 0 3,740,703 3,914,385

218,841 375,365 7,392,257 7,986,463

Net Assets Unrestricted Net Assets 19,508,238 15,051,312 Temporarily restricted net assets 19,196,941 18,401,023 38,705,179 33,452,335

$ 45,893,000

12/31/13 12/31/12

Support: Supportive Services $ Rental subsidies Other Revenues: Rental Income Development & Management fees Forgiveness of debt Other income Pass thru Revenues Grant income passed to tax credit projects Capital grants passed to tax credit projects

4,933,648 2,970,968

$ 5,002,264 3,231,846

1,306,264 1,431,627 2,331,843 2,786,195 34,773 261,000 563,999 882,478 12,141,495 13,595,410 2,433,930 748,000 2,400,038 1,454,593 16,975,463 15,798,003


Program Services: Supportive services 6,782,803 6,593,657 Independant housing 1,535,991 2,583,120 Property management 685,535 139,690 Real estate development 611,919 460,192 Management and general 749,103 747,217 Depreciation and interest 1,259,064 1,320,294 Impairment loss-investment 98,204 209,630 in project entity 11,722,619 12,053,800

Net assets

Change in Net Assets, (Net Income) Beginning Net Assets

$ 43,710,333

5,252,844 3,744,203 33,452,335 29,708,132 $ 38,705,179 $ 33,452,335


Unit Density 0 - 4 units 5 - 8 units ALBANY 9 - 12NEW units 13 - 16 units 17 - 80 units GAHANNA group homes

Certain amounts in the December 31, 2012 financial statements have been reclassified to conform with the current year presentation. Total net assets and the change in net assets did not change due to these reclassifications.




CHN owns and operates more than 1,700 units of supportive housing in the City of Columbus and suburban communities throughout Franklin County.





Partners & Collaborators

The Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County

A1 Staffing

Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) of Franklin County City of Columbus The Columbus Foundation Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Community Shelter Board Donations and Contributions Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati Franklin County Board of Commissioners The Harry C. Moores Foundation Nationwide Insurance Foundation Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Ohio Development Services Agency Ohio Housing Finance Agency Ohio Preservation Compact Osteopathic Heritage Foundations The Reinberger Foundation Robert Wood Johnson Foundation U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development United Way of Central Ohio

Programs with Community Advisory Committees Briggsdale Apartments Dogwood Glen Apartments East Fifth Avenue Apartments Hawthorn Grove Apartments Holt Avenue Apartments Inglewood Court Apartments

Access Ohio AIDS Resource Center Ohio Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County Amethyst, Inc. The Arlington Bank

Homeless Families Foundation Huckleberry House, Inc. Huntington National Bank IMPACT Community Action KeyBank Kleingers

Lutheran Social Services Center on Vocational Alternatives (COVA) Lutheran Social Services - Faith Mission of Southeast, Inc.

Organizations Represented on Community Advisory Groups & Other Community Advisors Campus Partners for Community Urban Development Children's Academy City of Columbus

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Lutheran Social Services - Nancy's Place

Children's Academy


City of Columbus City Neighborhood Liaisons Program


Maryhaven Engagement Center

Columbus, Ohio Division of Police


Maryhaven Women's

Columbus Public Health

Columbus Area, Inc./Pathways

MCR Services

Columbus Urban League

Columbus Coalition for the Homeless

Mental Health America of Franklin County

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

Metropolitan Community Services: T.O.U.C.H.

COMPASS Program, Broad Street Presbyterian Church

Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.: Health Care for the Homeless

Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competency

Columbus, Ohio Division of Police

NAMI Franklin County

East Columbus Civic Association

Columbus Urban League


Community Properties of Ohio

Netcare Access

East Fifth Avenue Business Association, Inc.

Community Research Partners

North Central Mental Health Services

Community Shelter Board

North Community Counseling Centers, Inc.

Community Support Network

The Open Shelter, Inc.

COMPASS Program, Broad Street Presbyterian Church

Park National Bank

Concord Counseling Services

Rebecca's Place

Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC)

Southeast Inc., Friends of the Homeless

The P.E.E.R. Center

Council of South Side Business Organizations Driving Park Area Commission

Eastfield-Westfield Block Watch F&W Properties Franklinton Pride Center Gladden Community House Greater Hilltop Area Commission King Lincoln Bronzeville Association Krumm Park Recreation Center The Long Street Business Association

Fifth Third Bank

Southeast Inc., Recovery and Mental Health Care Services

Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services


Mt. Vernon Avenue District Improvement Association, Inc.

Scioto Southland Civic Association

Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare

Near East Area Commission

Shenandoah Partnership

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Near East Pride Center

South Side Pride Center

Goodwill Columbus

Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio

North Central Area Commission

South Side Settlement House

HandsOn Central Ohio

YMCA of Central Ohio

North Linden Area Commission

Southside Neighbors Against Crime

Hamilton Local School District

YWCA Columbus

Northeast Area Commission

Southwest Area Commission

Parsons Avenue Merchants Association

St. Mary of the Springs

Franklin County Veterans Service Commission

Hina Environmental

Starr Columbus, Hannah Neil Center for Children

Parsons Baptist Church

North 22nd Street Apartments

Reeb Hosack Area Planning Committee/Steelton Village

North High Street Apartments Parsons Avenue Apartments

University Area Commission

Scioto Community Nursing Home

Safe Haven Apartments

University Community Business Association

Southpoint Place Apartments St. Clair Hotel Apartments

Board of Trustees Charles H. McCreary Chairman Bricker & Eckler LLP Blaine Brockman Vice Chairman Brockman Legal Clark L. Lloyd Secretary/Treasurer Nationwide Investments Adam Heeter Lightwell, Inc.

Robert Oakley Retired CFO Nationwide Insurance John Royer Kohr Royer Griffith James C. Shaw Wagenbrenner Development Mari Sunami Retired CEO South Side Settlement House G. Gary Tyack Judge, Tenth District Court of Appeals Dean Weinert Mutual Federal Savings Bank

Senior Management Susan Weaver Executive Director/CEO Ryan Cassell Development Director Samantha Shuler Property & Asset Management Director Larry Martin Finance Director Cynthia Mercer Human Resources Director Kathy Hatfield Grants & Data Management Director

1680 Watermark Drive Columbus, Ohio 43215 614 487 6700 |

CHN 2013 Annual Report  
CHN 2013 Annual Report  

Community Housing Network is based in Columbus, Ohio. We address the physical, social and economic needs of vulnerable people – going beyond...