East Fifth Avenue provides supportive housing for formerly homeless women. Since opening its doors in February 2004, the program has provided residents with affordable housing through rent subsidies, and services to help those recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. The property features 38 efficiency apartments, one handicapped-accessible apartment, one apartment designated for residents with sight/sound disabilities, a common area, community kitchen, laundry facility, office space monitored entrances and 24-hour onsite staffing. East Fifth Avenue is in close proximity to public transportation, employment centers, Port Columbus International Airport and Easton Town Center.

To develop the East Fifth Avenue project, two existing apartment buildings were renovated and a new common building, entry and connecting solarium were constructed.

East Fifth Avenue

Resident services

East Fifth Avenue responds to housing needs identified in the Community Shelter Board’s Rebuilding Lives initiative and to housing needs identified by the Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board of Franklin County. The female homeless population in Columbus has been historically underserved. Many chronically homeless women have been victims of domestic violence have been separated from their children or suffer from substance abuse. CHN provides services through its community partners to help residents cope with and overcome the aforementioned circumstances. A full-time service engagement specialist from Concord Counseling provides residents with mental health and drug/alcohol services, and also links residents to entitlements, medical, dental, employment and job training services.


Project management

CHN developed and owns East Fifth Avenue, provides property maintenance and arranges for residents to sign permanent leases and appropriate addendum for recovery housing.


Community relations

The Community Advisory Council, which consists of area residents, businesses and organizations, meets quarterly to foster open communication with the community regarding the operation of East Fifth Avenue. CHN works closely with the council and Concord Counseling to ensure the success of supportive housing for both the residents and the neighborhood. A Good Neighbor Agreement sets forth mutual expectations for the operation and success of the program. The East Fifth Avenue Community Advisory Council consists of the following:

  • Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board of Franklin County

  • C & S Lounge and Restaurant

  • Community Shelter Board

  • Concord Counseling Services

  • Corinthian Baptist Church

  • Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs

  • East Columbus Block Watch Association

  • East Columbus Civic Association

  • East Fifth Avenue Business Association

  • Krumm Park & Recreational Center



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 communications@chninc.org.



Community Housing Network recognizes support from the following organizations that helped make East Fifth Avenue possible:


Capital development

  • Anonymous Donor

  • City of Columbus

  • Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs

  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati

  • Fifth Third Bank

  • Jeffrey Family Foundation

  • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing

  • Ohio Development Services Agency 

  • Ohio Housing Finance Agency

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • United Way of Central Ohio

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Service and operations financing

  • City of Columbus

  • Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

  • Community Shelter Board

  • Franklin County Commissioners

  • United Way of Central Ohio

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Service partners

  • ADAMH of Franklin County

  • Concord Counseling Services

  • Shelter providers and outreach workers


Development team

  • Al Unetic - Owner's Representative

  • Carlile Patchen and Murphy - Ownership Structuring Counsel

  • CBIZ Accounting, Tax and Advisory - Project Audit

  • Community Housing Network - Developer

  • John Haytas, Architects - Architect

  • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing - Financial Structuring

  • Shuler Plank and Brahm - Zoning Counsel

  • Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease - General Counsel

  • Wallick Construction - General Contractor