In the News - 2019
Recap of Housing Development Activities
In 2019, we completed comprehensive rehabs of 5 housing units. Of these, three were single-family units that were sold, and one is a duplex that is rented (as of February 2020). We also completed construction of a new house in Prairie Township, which was also sold. At the end of 2019, HOTH-CDC had two single-family rehab projects ongoing, with an additional rehab and one new-construction project scheduled to begin in Q1 2020.
Together with Riverside Mill Development and Lowenstein Development, we initiated construction of the Hilltop City Cottages, a development that will consist of six new four-bedroom homes for rent in the North Hilltop. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2020.
Finally, Woda Cooper Companies and Mid-Ohio Food Bank recently began construction on Wheatland Crossing II, a 64-unit new construction development located on Wheatland Avenue. Unlike Wheatland Crossing I, which is adjacent and age-restricted, this second phase will consist of general tenancy.
HUD Housing Counseling Certification
Homes on the Hill housing counselors Mark Easterling and Daniel Ruggiero passed the HUD Housing Counseling exam on their first try, a year before the compliance deadline, and are now both officially HUD Certified Housing Counselors.
In the News - 2018
Recap of Housing Development Activities
In 2018, we completed comprehensive rehabs of 3 houses, all of which were sold. We also built and sold 2 new homes. We acquired 2 homes and began their renovations. These will be completed and sold in 2019. Prairie Township donated a vacant lot to us, where we began construction of a 2-bedroom house.
Together with Riverside Mill Development and Lowenstein Development, we received funding to build Hilltop City Cottages, six new 4-bedroom homes for rent north of West Broad Street on Wheatland, Eureka, and Oakley Avenues. Construction begins in 2019.
Wheatland Crossing II, 64 units of family housing to be located on Wheatland Avenue, also received funding approval in 2018. This project is a collaboration with Woda Cooper Companies and Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
Homes on the Hill’s LEAN program received the Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award from the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations. The Excellence Awards recognize creativity, execution, achievement, and overall quality of a specific project or program completed by an Ohio nonprofit.
In the News - 2017
We were sad to say goodbye to our LEAN consultant Katelyn Jackson. Katelyn has been an invaluable member of HOTH-CDC and has helped expand our LEAN program to where it is today. Luckily, she has not gone far and is continuing this work on the East side as a rapid rehousing specialist.
Program Director Daniel Ruggiero has assumed management of LEAN. The website has been changed and updated. The address is now www.westsidelean.org. Please explore what our new site has to offer. We are in the midst of scheduling education seminars and landlord networking events. If you have any topic suggestions, please go to the website for submission directions.
Wheatland Crossing Opening
December 8, 2017
A new 42-unit affordable senior housing community apartment building officially opened on the Hilltop in Columbus. Wheatland Crossing Senior Apartments was built by The Woda Group for residents 55 and older who earn 60% or less of the area median income. At the ribbon cutting, Mayor Ginther noted that the population of those 65 and over will double in the next 35 years. Affordable senior housing is a critical investment for Columbus. Homes on the Hill is a proud co-developer, with an ownership stake in the project. We also will be offering our supportive services to the residents of Wheatland Crossing.
Single Family Housing Development
Homes on the Hill is nearing completion on two new homes. We also are wrapping up rehabilitation construction on two existing homes. Additionally, Homes on the Hill is starting rehabilitation construction on yet another existing home. All five houses will be sold to income eligible households. They are all located in Prairie Township.
Founded in 1992, Homes on the Hill had its 25 anniversary this year. Since its inception, Homes on the Hill has developed more than 100 single-family affordable homes, co-developed more than 140 units of senior and family housing, co-developed more than 30 single-family homes with Habitat for Humanity, and counseled more than 10,000 families. We are proud of the work that we have accomplished and look forward to the next 25 years. HOTH-CDC will officially celebrate the anniversary in 2018 at its October Gala.
In the News - 2016
HOTH-CDC Homeownership Staff Recognized by OHFA
August 24, 2016
Homes on the Hill CDC was recognized recently for its outstanding work in providing homeownership counseling to Ohio Housing Finance Agency clients who are purchasing a home using an OHFA lending product. OHFA requires a phone counseling session for all borrowers. Marilyn Pritt, HOTH-CDC housing counselor, completes the phone counseling sessions. Marilyn brings an extensive combination of real estate and lending experience to the position. Her personal communication style and detailed knowledge has been frequently noted by clients. She has counseled more than 650 OHFA clients in the last year while also counseling HOTH-CDC’s regular pre-purchase clients. HOTH-CDC was recognized as the second highest producer of homeownership counseling clients for OHFA in the state. HOTH-CDC Program Manager Daniel Ruggiero and Marilyn were on hand at a recent OHFA meeting to receive the award.
Homes on the Hill Recognized by the National Council of La Raza
August 15, 2016
The National Council of La Raza has awarded Homes on the Hill an award for outstanding work in the local community. HOTH-CDC is a member of the NCLR homeownership network and received this award at the recent NCLR Homeownership Network Meeting. HOTH-CDC was selected from a group of more than 50 organizations that participate in the NCLR homeownership network. HOTH-CDC program Director Daniel Ruggiero was in attendance to receive the award. The award recognizes HOTH-CDC’s work in the community. HOTH-CDC provides both housing development and financial/counseling services. The counseling services consist of pre-purchase, foreclosure, rental, and credit counseling combined with financial literacy. HOTH-CDC has long been recognized as an innovator in program development. NCLR recognizes both the excellent work of the housing counseling and support staff but also recognizes the contribution HOTH-CDC makes in promoting and supporting overall housing policy and programs.
“This award is important to us because it recognizes the contribution that our staff has made over the last several years,” said HOTH-CDC executive director Stephen Torsell. Our staff works hard and has helped literally thousands of households become homeowners, find good rental housing, refinance their homes, and learn how to more effectively manage their finances. HOTH-CDC is a relatively small agency when compared to some but has always managed to achieve significant results in all areas of operations. “We began our partnership with NCLR more than 12 years ago, and this recognition is much appreciated. We have taken on a major task in responding to the needs of our community and this is something that all of HOTH-CDC can take pride in," said Mr. Ruggiero.
Kick-Off Event for April Financial Capability Month
March 9, 2016
Homes on the Hill CDC is holding a Financial Capability workshop in support of April Financial Capability month. Financial Capability Month was passed as a resolution by the Senate in 2004 making April Financial Literacy month. Many non-profits and financial institutions around the country use this month to promote programs aimed to help people become money smart. According to the White House in a 2015 press release, "During national Financial Capability Month, we renew our efforts to support the informed financial decisions that will open doors into the middle class and help ensure economic security for all." Today, nearly half of American homes are in a state of financial insecurity. These workshops will give people in our communities a good handle on where they stand financially as well as simple, hands on tips to make progress toward their goals. At Homes on the Hill, we believe that everyone can benefit from smart money habits and learning to be financially resilient.
Director Steve Torsell Accepted into National Training Program
Homes on the Hill Executive Director Stephen Torsell has been accepted into a national training program for nonprofit housing organizations designated as Community Housing Development Organization (CHDOs) by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This competitive selection process has selected 30 representatives from a national pool to be included in 15-week advanced training for housing developers.
The course has been developed to provide guidance and instruction to CHDO executives in response to many regulatory changes implemented in the last several years. CHDO funding is allocated as a portion of HUD funding provided to state and local governments with the express purpose of promoting the development of affordable housing. HOTH has received CHDO funding from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Board of Commissioners, and the State of Ohio funding through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. It is an integral part of its housing program.
In the News - 2014
HOTH-CDC Receives Funding from PNC Bank
HOTH-CDC received funding from PNC to continue its Spanish Homebuyer Club in 2015. Being a bilingual (Spanish) housing counseling agency, HOTH-CDC directly provides Spanish-speaking households home buyer education classes and budget and credit counseling through this Club. We thank PNC for their continued support to empower Spanish-speaking home buyers.
HOTH-CDC Receives Funding from Bank of America
Homes on the Hill was awarded funding from Bank of America's Community Development Grant to provide support for the direct costs of its Homeownership Education and Counseling Program. Bank of America is proud to support efforts to address issues related to affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization, areas vital to helping people build better financial lives. HOTH-CDC thanks Bank of America for their generous support. As a result, we will continue to be able to help families plan to be financially responsible through budget and credit counseling, foster successful homeownership through homebuyer education workshops and keep families in their homes through foreclosure prevention counseling.
In the News - 2013
HOTH-CDC Receives Spirit of Homeownership Excellence Award
Press Release - June 20, 2013
The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) Board celebrated National Homeownership Month with a proclamation from Governor John R. Kasich and presented two organizations with the 2013 Spirit of Homeownership Excellence Awards (SHEA). The OHFA Board meeting was ... more
HOTH-CDC Hires Daniel Ruggiero
Press Release - April 26, 2013
Housing Counseling and Education Program Director Ruggiero brings with him 11 years of experience in mortgage lending, education, and community development. He holds a B.A. from Davidson College and a M.A. from The Ohio State University. Ruggiero was instrumental in ... more
Hilltop Revitalization ... New Office Faces ... Stepping into Spring ... more
In the News - 2012
2012 Holiday Greeting
The holiday season has arrived, which is a time where we give thanks and appreciate the good around us. We are reminded daily of your selflessness, compassion, and commitment to our community. This has been a strong year for Homes on the Hill, and we would like to ... more
Staff Spotlight - Benjamin Von Blon ... Getting Financially Fit ... Is your home ready for winter? ... more
HOTH-CDC Board Appoints New Members and Elects New Officials
Press Release - October 20, 2012
At the monthly Homes on the Hill board meeting, new members and officers were elected, creating a new board for the organization. Member Mark Diemer, Pastor of the local Grace of God Lutheran Church, introduced Daryl Hennessy, Assistant Chief of the Business Services ... more
From the Ground Up ... That Dream Home ... What is the Home Repair IDA Program? ... more
OCDCA Board Members Recognized
Press Release - August 31, 2012
On August 8, 2012, Ohio Community Development Corporation Association Board members were recognized for their leadership, dedication, and commitment to the organization at the OCDCA retreat. Our own Homes on the Hill Executive Director and President Stephen ... more