Mission: To strengthen neighborhoods by providing quality affordable housing, advocacy, education, & supportive services to individuals & families of primarily low/moderate incomes. Hoth achieves its mission by developing housing to eligible households & by providing housing counseling ser
Programs: Housing counseling: hoth prepares people to be successful homeowners and renters through its free hud-approved housing and financial counseling programs. In 2017, hoth provided counseling and education services to 743 central ohio households. 256 households completed homebuyer education workshops, and 233 households participated in one-on-one counseling to prepare to buy a house. 70 of these were documented home buyers in 2017. 82 households received one-on-one counseling to prevent foreclosure; 72 households received rental counseling; 24 households received post purchase counseling. Hoth provided homebuyer education via the telephone to 445 home buyers throughout ohio who were accessing programs of the ohio housing finance agency. Hoth also offers coaching as participants set their own financial goals, track their progress, and develop smart money habits. 392 households developed a sustainable household budget through all hoths programs in 2017. Hoth successfully promoted fair housing to 396 households by providing information about fair housing, fair lending, and/or accessibility rights. The landlord engagement action network (lean) provides education and networking opportunities for landlords owning properties in the hilltop neighborhood. Through lean, hoth works to improve the quality of rental housing in the area.
housing development: working primarily in the hilltop and westland areas, hoth provides low and moderate income households the opportunity to purchase or to rent a home that is safe, decent, and affordable. Hoth used two strategies to provide affordable houses for homeownership: completing comprehensive rehabs of existing houses and building new infill houses on vacant lots. During 2017, hoth sold 3 extensively rehabbed houses and 1 new build house. At the end of 2017, we were completing construction on 5 houses. The costs of the houses are subsidized with grant funds. All houses include features that improve energy efficiency, sustainability, and accessibility. Hoth and a development partner completed a 42-unit affordable senior rental housing project in 2017; the project is fully leased. Hoth owns 135 units of affordable rental housing in partnership with others. Hoth independently owns two units of affordable rental housing.
community programs: hoths community programs seek to improve quality of life on the hilltop. In collaboration with friends of the hilltop, hoth manages several vacant lots owned by the columbus land bank. Improvements to the lots include top seeding, fencing to prevent dumping, and planting trees. Hoth coordinates the belvidere healthy living garden. Cooperation with local volunteers has been instrumental in the gardens success. Hoth supports neighborhood groups in their activities such as the hilltop business associations annual bean dinner, south central neighborhood night out, and the westland area business associations annual auction event.
property management: hoth owns 4 rental units; 2 are rented to eligible low/moderate income households. 2 will be rehabbed in 2018 before renting to eligible low income households