|Welcome! I am very proud of the many accomplishments of the CMHA team, with guidance from our Board of Commissioners, in 2016 and look forward to working with you to build on these successes in 2017.Over the past year CMHA: leased up all 104 units at Poindexter Place; selected “Legacy Pointe at Poindexter” as the new name for our redevelopment of Poindexter Village, neared completion of the first phase of new family housing at Legacy Pointe, and began construction on the second phase; moved forward with the conversion of our first three properties through the HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program; transitioned to private property management across our public housing portfolio; worked with the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio to produce an in-depth report on the affordable housing crisis in central Ohio; and was one of the leading advocates for the passage of the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act (HOTMA).
In 2017, CMHA will continue our development of over 1,000 units of affordable and mixed income housing throughout the community. We will begin lease-up of the first phase of Legacy Pointe this spring and we will complete construction of the second phase by the end of the year. While we move full speed ahead with new housing at Legacy Pointe, we will also continue to work with the Ohio History Connection (OHC) and the city to preserve the two remaining Poindexter Village buildings as OHC’s newest state historic site.
CMHA will also continue the process of converting all our public housing properties to be assisted through the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program using RAD. The first three properties—Jenkins Terrace, Worley Terrace, and Sawyer Manor & Trevitt Heights—will convert to PBV this spring, and we will submit the next five properties—New Village, Eastmoor Square, Glenview Estates, Ohio Townhouses, and Indian Meadows—for final approval by HUD this summer.
With support from the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation, Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, and the ADAMH Board, CMHA will able to continue offering after-school and summer camp opportunities for our family communities in 2017. And we will continue to be actively involved in the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, a collaboration of 13 organizations seeking to increase local resources for affordable housing to address the 54,000 unit-deficit of affordable housing in our community.
We also believe 2017 provides a unique opportunity for positive change to affordable housing policy at the federal level. In Washington, we have the Opportunity to make our case to policymakers who support the flexibility to pursue unique and innovative approaches to retain and increase the amount of affordable housing in our community. Therefore, CMHA will continue advocating for policies that will strengthen and grow the affordable housing options in our area.
None of this work would be possible without our public and private partners in the community. The city of Columbus is one of our most durable partners, providing support year after year to our new development projects. We will also continue to work with the city, OSU, PACT, and other partners across the city to implement our Choice Neighborhoods Grant. We look forward to strengthening these partnerships further in 2017.
We look forward to continuing to collaborate and innovate in order to stretch scarce resources to provide affordable housing and improve neighborhoods.
Charles D. Hillman