To strengthen neighborhoods by providing quality affordable housing, advocacy, education, and supportive services for individuals and families of primarily low and moderate incomes.
Housing Counseling & Education
A home is the largest purchase most families will make. Through our housing counseling and education, we aim to empower households with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed financial housing decisions, whether as a home owner or a renter. Our program includes four branches: an eight-hour HUD-approved homebuyer education class, credit and budget counseling, foreclosure prevention counseling, and rental counseling. All programs are delivered in English and Spanish. HOTH counselors have met training and certification guidelines for the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling, and we also have staff that maintains a Financial Capability Certification through NeighborWorks America.
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Affordable Housing Development
Since 1992, HOTH has developed or co-developed over 280 housing units on the west side for sale or rent to low- and moderate income families. Our target neighborhoods are the 43223, 43228, 43204, 43119, and 43123 Zip Codes. Almost all of our homes are rehabilitated based on the AWARE standards, which include green and handicap accessibility features. Rebuilding Together Central Ohio partnered with HOTH in 2013 and 2014 for their Building a Healthy Neighborhood Week, where critical repairs to 45 homes were made in target neighborhoods. In 2013 and 2014, HOTH collaborated with the City of Columbus to implement the Hilltop Homes Repair Program, which allocated over $1.5 million to home owners in need of home repair grants. In 2012, HOTH completed Hilltop Homes I in partnership with Buckeye Community Hope Foundation. This project has been so successful that we are collaborating with Homeport to complete Hilltop Homes II, a 39-unit scattered-site new-build project using vacant lots.
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Community Outreach and Development
HOTH works to strengthen the core neighborhoods in south-western Franklin County by supporting community groups and by collaborating to improve business opportunities. We serve as the fiscal agent for various neighborhood projects and community gardens; sponsor Hilltop’s National Night Out, an event designed to promote neighborhood safety; partner with for-profit companies to hold community meetings and gather demographic information regarding housing occupancy and ownership structure; and partner with the City of Columbus to provide home repair grants to homeowners. HOTH is implementing a green overlay on vacant lots in the Hilltop, experimenting with low-grow grass and other environmentally friendly, best next-uses on the lots. HOTH initiated the Landlord Engagement Action Network (LEAN) to connect and inform the westside rental community.
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