Since 1999, the North Cassady Avenue Recovery Enrichment program has provided 10 efficiency apartment units of quality affordable permanent housing for formerly chronically homeless men recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. The program combines a supportive environment with responsibility. To live at Cassady Avenue, residents must engage in outpatient drug and alcohol abuse treatment or have an established recovery program and pay rent. Residents are linked to community-based social, health and employment services, which enable residents to find work and maintain recovery. Many residents have reunited with estranged family members. Cassady Avenue is located in the suburban community of Bexley, which provides residents with easy access to bus service, shopping and potential employment opportunities. Access to treatment facilities and to 12-Step meetings was also a consideration.
Available services include drug and alcohol treatment, case management, vocational rehabilitation, client assistance, rent subsidies and employment assistance. Care Coordinators from the Columbus Neighborhood Health Center's Health Care for the Homeless program provide case management services—including referrals to healthcare providers, AOD treatment services and mental health agencies—and assist residents in obtaining entitlements or benefits and assistance for which they are qualified.
CHN developed and owns Cassady Avenue, provides property maintenance and arranges for residents to sign permanent leases and appropriate addendum for recovery housing. CHN also works with residents to obtain subsidies from Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. A live-in CHN resident manager coordinates building management, engages and assists residents in life skills activities, and facilitates house meetings. CHN continues to protect its investment in this property through planned quality maintenance and attractive landscaping. CHN manages the Cassady building and employs a resident manager who provides general building and resident oversight.
CHN, the City of Bexley and surrounding neighbors enjoy a very positive and cooperative working relationship. Bexley residents have generously supported the Cassady Avenue housing project and its residents. Residents have helped design and implement landscaping improvements, provided employment opportunities to residents and have involved residents in community activities. A group of Bexley residents have also participated in the Community Advisory Council, which was formed in the planning stages of this project. The council developed a Good Neighbor Agreement that sets forth mutual expectations for the operation and success of the program. Community members also host periodic "Meet and Greet" celebrations for residents in the parish hall of St. Thomas Church at Fifth Avenue and Cassady. For more information about this supportive housing or to volunteer to serve on the Community Advisory Council, please contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Housing Network and its partners would like to thank the following organizations for their funding and support of this project:
- Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Board of Franklin County
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Community Shelter Board
Fifth Third Bank
Franklin County Board of Commissioners
Ohio Development Services Agency
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Care for the Homeless