STATUS OF AREA OF FOCUS: SOUTH SIDE OF COLUMBUS
The South Side of Columbus is an area plagued with issues, including: blighted, vacant homes, poverty, low education rates and foreclosed homes.
The South Side was one of the areas highlighted in the 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan for Columbus and Franklin County in October 2009.
Per the Columbus and Franklin County Consolidated Plan 2010-2014 (published in October 2009):
According to the 2002 American Housing Survey (the most recent source of data on housing conditions for city and county), Franklin County had 21,300 housing units with physical condition problems. Of these, 73.3% were renter units. Franklin County’s main housing issues are lead exposure, foreclosure and affordability.
Areas of low-income concentration are defined as tracts with 2008 household poverty rates that are equal to or greater than the poverty rate of Older Columbus (24.4%).
These 2008 household poverty rates are defined as percentage of households with annual income below $15,000. All but one of the tracts in the Near East area have high rates of poverty, as do most tracts in Franklinton, the Near North, and parts of the Northeast and Southside of the city.
There are over 44,000 renter households and nearly 22,000 owner households paying more than 50% of their income for housing. The market analysis shows a deficit of about 31,000 affordable rental units for extremely low-income renter households (<$15,000) in Franklin County.
Columbus citizens’ survey results on top housing and community development priorities: Affordable Housing, Neighborhood Revitalization, Economic Development and Supportive Services.
Rebuild and Renew Community Development Corporation is a 501(c)3 faith-based, non-profit community development organization that is working to improve the housing, health, educational and spiritual needs of residents in South Columbus.
Rebuild and Renew CDC finds inspiration for its mission in Luke 4:18: " . . . to heal the brokenhearted, to bring deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”
Rebuild and Renew Community Development Corporation was formed in August 2012 and has an ultimate goal of uplifting and enriching the lives of those within the Columbus community, as well as restoring the vitality of the neighborhoods in which they reside.
Rebuild and Renew areas of focus include: Rehabilitating and revitalizing acquired properties to provide affordable housing in the community and restore neighborhood pride; and providing and/or facilitating support services for those who take part in one of our programs.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jerry Revish delivers the nightly news to Columbus viewers as anchor of the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. editions of 10TV News.
Orvell Johns is Director and Administrator for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile and Domestic Branch.
Danielle Revish has been a leading fashion professional in Columbus and Central Ohio for four decades.
Jay Revish is Vice President of Pricing Services at Cardinal Health where he leads enterprise pricing programs.
Tony Landis manages federal, national organization, and state higher education initiatives at the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
Keith King is an Air Force veteran, retired career U.S. Postal Worker, and an ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ
Beverlyn Johns is the Director of Public Relations for the Franklin County Auditor’s Office and has over eighteen years of experience in county government.
DR. TERRELL STRAYHORN
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn is an acclaimed higher education researcher and policy analyst, with a highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education.
Unity House is a program of Rebuild and Renew Community Development Corporation, a 501c3 non-profit organization affiliated with Unity Temple Church of God in Christ.
Unity House is a transitional housing refuge for homeless women and provides safe, clean, emergency shelter and referrals to supportive services.
Through collaboration with existing community agencies in Columbus, Unity House will help stabilize these women through access to medical care, referrals to mental health and child care services, job training, parenting classes, personal development, educational support, spiritual guidance and assistance in developing the tools to meet the demands of everyday living.
Classic Impressions: The Show is the primary annual fundraiser to benefit Unity House and raise awareness and funds to reduce homelessness amongst women.
Classic Impressions is an exclusive, premiere event featuring fashions from both local and nationally acclaimed designers.
This year's event will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Villa Milano in Columbus, Ohio, at 6 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at classicimpressions2019.eventbrite.com