National Church Residences is holding an event at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Abbey Church Village to celebrate the completion of its $8 million renovation and the introduction of full-time services to help families link to services.
Abbey Church Village, a 160-unit family affordable housing community, is located at 6003 Abbey Chapel Drive off Sawmill Road in the City of Columbus and the Dublin City School District. The 13-acre community, originally built in 1996, now has a new 5,000-square-foot community building, as well as numerous building improvements.
Families at the property are benefitting from the Strong Families Fund initiative. Using affordable housing as a platform to ensure access to social services for low-income families is the core of the initiative. The 10-year initiative is supported by the Kresge Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, the Community Development Trust, Goldman Sachs and National Affordable Housing Trust (NAHT).
The program provides long-term funding for a full-time on-site service coordinator dedicated to working with resident families to link them with local resources, ESL programs and after-school tutoring. This gives the residents opportunities to improve their lives, increase the success of their children in school, and live independently and with dignity.
“At National Church Residences, we focus on leveraging the value of our quality housing in conjunction with resident service coordination for improved health outcomes,” said Michelle Norris, executive vice president of external affairs and strategic initiatives. “So many organizations are heroes in the Strong Families Fund, and we are proud to be part of it.”
The $8 million property renovation as funded by federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, a construction loan from Huntington National Bank, a loan from the City of Columbus, equity from NAHT and Goldman Sachs, and various other funders. Berardi + Partners Inc. is the architect, and the contractor is Corna Kokosing.