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$100 Million Allocated to Affordable Housing in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans $100 Million Allocated to Affordable Housing in Columbus

Central Ohio is lacking in affordable housing (ie: low-income housing), but a new fund hopes to change that. Local civic and business leaders announced today that a $100 million Housing Action Fund would help address that need. “We know that more than 54,000 people in central Ohio live at or near poverty and spend more […]

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Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op Finds New Ownership, Builds Infant Mortality Initiatives

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op Finds New Ownership, Builds Infant Mortality Initiatives

After hosting their third community baby shower, Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op announced some changes in store for the social enterprise. Owners and sisters Victoria Calderon Nunes and Virginia Nunes Gutierrez are doubling down on the Co-op’s ongoing infant mortality initiatives and taking a step back from day-to-day operations of the coffee shop. Stepping in for […]

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Pilot Program Helps Low-Income Moms Relocate to Suburbs

Brent Warren Brent Warren Pilot Program Helps Low-Income Moms Relocate to Suburbs

Ten families will be moving from “low opportunity” neighborhoods to suburban apartments this August as part of the initial pilot of the Move to Prosper program. An initiative of the City and Regional Planning program at Ohio State University, the program will provide rental assistance and personal coaching to the families to support their transition. […]

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NEXT: When Columbus’ Population Doubles, Which Neighborhoods Will Prosper or Languish?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: When Columbus’ Population Doubles, Which Neighborhoods Will Prosper or Languish?

I was driving up Sawmill a few months back, allowing the retail stores, doctor’s offices, schools, child day care centers, apartments, and M/I Homes to glide by me. Although not exactly where I’d like to live, this part of Columbus is pleasant enough, perhaps a stereotypical suburban setting. As a futurist, I frequently rely upon […]

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Keeping Gentrification Out of Revitalizing Communities

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Keeping Gentrification Out of Revitalizing Communities

On May 17, the Columbus Foundation held a day of community conversation, dubbed The Big Table. Around the city, hundreds hosted and participated in these conversations, some open-ended, and some targeting specific issues and ideas relevant to community connectivity and growth. At Columbus Underground, we hosted three of our own Big Table discussions, bringing together […]

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Program Takes New Approach to Providing Affordable Housing

Brent Warren Brent Warren Program Takes New Approach to Providing Affordable Housing

A group of local academics and affordable housing advocates are working on a unique response to the issue of economic segregation in the region. The plan is to help 100 low-income families move to “high opportunity” neighborhoods, providing rental assistance, coaching, access to educational resources, and other types of support to the families for three […]

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The Urban Living Tour returns (with strict safety guidelines) on Aug 30!

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