Marsh Brook Place

Marsh Brook Place is a 40-unit apartment building that will be located at 5981 Chatterton  Road, just west of Brice Road. The three-story  building will provide supportive housing for  transition-aged youth (ages 18-24) who may struggle with homelessness, have aged out of foster care into unstable housing, are experiencing mental health conditions and substance use disorders, or have been victims of domestic violence or human trafficking. Community Housing Network will develop and manage the property, and Huckleberry House will provide on-site, youth-focused supportive services.

Marsh Brook Place is part of Community Shelter Board’s Community Plan for Youth initiative, which is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. For more information about the initiative, please visit

The Need for Youth Housing in Central Ohio

More than 1,300 youth age 24 and younger were served in Columbus shelters in 2017.1


More than 900 unaccompanied youth between the ages of 14 and 24 visited Star House--a drop-in center for youth in Columbus--in 2017.2


Columbus youth report the following compounding reasons for homelessness:3

  • Child abuse

  • Family conflict

  • Neglect

  • Generational poverty

  • Inadequate job training opportunities


Permanent Supportive Housing Community Impact


CHN adheres to the Housing First model, in which people experiencing homelessness are provided with permanent supportive housing (PSH) directly and with few to no treatment preconditions, behavioral contingencies, or barriers, according to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. CHN provides housing to individuals first, then provides linkages to supportive services that help residents maintain housing stability and flourish in all other aspects of their lives. 

Consumers in a Housing First model are more likely to remain stably housed.4


PSH has a long-term housing retention rate of up to 98 percent.5

Clients using supportive services are more likely to participate in job training programs, attend school, discontinue substance use and have fewer instances of domestic violence.6


The addition of PSH may change the dynamics of the surrounding community, but research shows that the impact is overwhelmingly positive due to increased housing stability, which is strongly correlated to reduced community costs by millions of dollars, according to The Supportive Housing Network of New York. The combination of permanent affordable housing and support services is seen as key to providing a stable environment in which individuals can address the underlying causes of their homelessness—at far less cost than placing them in a shelter or treating them in a hospital.8 PSH substantially reduces community costs by providing housing stability with linkages to resources for people who typically use more expensive community resources (i.e. psychiatric hospitals, emergency rooms, shelters and correctional facilities), because they lack access to services to meet their basic needs.

Property Values

Diminishing value of property is a common concern for neighbors--both commercial and residential--located near PSH. However, "research finds little evidence to support neighbors’ fears that supportive housing developments will reduce the price of surrounding properties over time. To the contrary, we find that the opening of a supportive housing development does not have a statistically significant impact on the value of the properties within 500 feet of the development," according to New York University Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy. 8 'In the five years after completion, we find that the prices of those nearby properties experience strong and steady growth"


The building of PSH has been shown to typically have no impact on crime risks and crime incidents in surrounding communities, but when there has a correlated impact, crime incidents were reduced.9

The following reports provide more information about the positive community impact of PSH:

"No young person in our community should be living without stable and supportive housing."

-Mayor Andrew Ginther,

City of Columbus

Hope and Support: Huck House Transitional Living Program

Community Relations


Community Housing Network's philosophy is to be open and honest with its neighbors. CHN strives to overcome concerns and reassure people that residents are committed to improving their lives. Residents want what everyone else in the neighborhood desires —a sense of community and a place to call home. A stable living environment is their step toward improving health, maintaining recovery, finding work and keeping families united. CHN forms a Community Advisory Councils in communities prior to the development of properties to assure responsiveness to community concerns. CHN encourages councils to enter into a Good Neighbor Agreement—a framework for mutual expectations and ongoing communications.Click here to access the draft Marsh Brook Place Good Neighbor Agreement.


  1. Community Shelter Board. New Solutions for Youth Facing Homelessness in Columbus & Franklin County, Ohio.

  2. Community Shelter Board. New Solutions for Youth Facing Homelessness in Columbus & Franklin County, Ohio.

  3. Star House. (2018, September). About Us. Retrieved from

  4. Tsemberis, S. & Eisenberg, R. Pathways to Housing: Supported Housing for Street-Dwelling Homeless Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities. 2000.

  5. Montgomery, A.E., Hill, L., Kane, V., & Culhane, D. Housing Chronically Homeless Veterans: Evaluating the Efficacy of a Housing First Approach to HUD-VASH. 2013.

  6. Clients using supportive services are more likely to participate in job training programs, attend school, discontinue substance use and have fewer instances of domestic violence.

  7. Corporation for Supportive Housing.  (2018, September). FAQ’s about Supportive Housing Research: Is Supportive Housing Cost Effective? Retrieved from

  8. New York University Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy. The Impact of Supportive Housing on Surrounding Neighborhoods: Evidence from New York City. November 2008.

  9. Arch City Development and Urban Decision Group. National Church Residences Permanent Supportive Housing Impact Analysis. September 2013.

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