Code Enforcement Division  
757 Carolyn Ave.  
Columbus, OH 43224-3218  
(614) 645.2202 
(614) 645.2462 [FAX] 

Office of the Director 
50 West Gay Street 
Columbus, OH 43215-9040 
(614) 645.7795 
(614) 645.6295 [FAX]

Economic Development Division 
150 South Front Street
Suite 220 
Columbus, OH 43215-4418 
(614) 645.8616 
(614) 645.2486 [FAX] 

Housing Division 
50 West Gay Street 
Columbus, OH 43215-9040 
(614) 645.7795 
(614) 645.6675 [FAX] 

Land Redevelopment Office 
50 West Gay Street 
Columbus, OH 43215-9030 
(614) 645.5263 
(614) 645.3092 [FAX]

Neighborhood Pride!
757 Carolyn Avenue
Columbus, OH 43224
(614) 645.0837
(614) 645.2462 [FAX]

Neighborhood Services   
50 West Gay Street   
Columbus, OH 43215-9040   
(614) 645.7795   
(614) 645.6295 [FAX]  

Planning Division  
50 West Gay Street  
Columbus, OH 43215-9030  
(614) 645.8664  
(614) 645.1483 [FAX]

Vacant Properties Rehabilitation

Vacant and Abandoned Properties Initiative

On February 23, 2012 Mayor Coleman and various elected officials and community leaders announced the creation of a new Initiative that is targeted at addressing the blight and nuisances that are created by vacant structures throughout our City. In previous years, through the Mayor’s Home Again program, federal housing funds and other programs, the City of Columbus has addressed approximately 2,000 vacant and abandoned properties. However, given the increasing need, Mayor Coleman declared Columbus must and will do more to combat a crisis that has outpaced the city’s efforts to deal with it. Elements of the new initiative include:

Enforcement:
The Vacant and Abandoned Property unit consists of representatives from the City Attorney’s Office, Code Enforcement and the Building and Zoning Services which meet regularly to focus solely on the enforcement and management of the 6,200 vacant and abandoned houses in Columbus. Additionally, the VAP team will publish the names of those who own neglected vacant and abandoned properties.

Removal:
The city will invest $11.5 million in Capital Improvements Funds over four years to demolish approximately 900 properties over the next four years. These properties have been identified as a hazard to the health, safety and welfare of neighborhoods.

Restoration:
The city has created programs that will offer assistance to neighborhoods in restoring homes as well as lots where vacant and abandoned homes once stood. Homeowners and rental property owners will be provided assistance in vacant property prevention. Development organizations will be provided with funding to address vacant property rehabilitation. A land care program enlisting neighborhood groups to take care of vacant parcels has been developed.

Listing of Negligent Property Owners Dispatch Publication: http://development.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Development/VAP_list.pdf

REPORT A NUISANCE PROPERTY: To submit an address for consideration by the VAP Team please fill out this form: http://development.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Development/VAP Referral Form.doc and email the completed form to vap@columbus.gov .

Please Note:  This email is for referrals only, senders should not anticipate a response. 

Assistance for Homeowners:

Vacant Property Prevention Program :
The mission of the Vacant Property Prevention Program is to assist individuals and families to remain in their homes and live independently in a safe and sound environment. Applicant and property criteria for participation in this program is available by clicking on the link below.

Please review the full guidelines for eligibility requirements.
http://development.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Development/VPP_2012_Guidelines.doc

Mow to Own Sideyard Program:
The Mow to Own program continues and strengthens the City of Columbus Land Bank's purpose by improving Columbus neighborhoods and returning vacant, abandoned and underutilized properties into productive community assets. Additionally, the Mow to Own program strengthens existing community investments by transferring ownership of vacant and abandoned parcels acquired by the City of Columbus Land Bank to adjacent property owners and nonprofit neighborhood stakeholders.

For a full description of the program and application, please visit
http://development.columbus.gov/landredevelopment/content.aspx?id=26210

For questions regarding the program please call 614-645-LAND or email landredevelopmentoffice@columbus.gov 

Assistance for Rehabilitation, New Construction and Rental Properties:

Vacant Properties Rehabilitation Program:
The Vacant Properties Rehabilitation (VPR) Program is designed to foster homeownership and return neglected properties to productive use within the City of Columbus. The program provides development gap financing up to $40,000 per unit in the form of a forgivable loan. This provides an incentive for developers and/or builders to rehabilitate or construct houses for income qualified homebuyers to be able to afford homes in established portions of the City.

The City receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to conduct activities that are in compliance with the HOME Investment Partnerships Program with regulations at 24 CFR Part 92.

Please review the full guidelines for eligibility requirements.
http://development.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Development/Capital_Bond_Home_NSP_Funds_guidelines.pdf

For additional information and the program application, please contact Randi Arnett by phone at 614-645-7277 or email rlarnett@columbus.gov 

Rental Rehabilitation Program:

*** This program is not currently accepting applications ***

The Rental Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide necessary funding for repairs to  smaller rental projects in the central city. The program provides financing of up to $40,000.00 per unit in the form of a grant. This provides an incentive for owners and/or investors to rehabilitate rental property for low and moderate income qualified renters and keep units online.

The program dollars for this program will be from Councilmanic Bond funding.

Please review the full guidelines for eligibility requirements
http://development.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Development/RRH_Program_guidelines.pdf 

For additional information and the application please contact Jillian Bolino by phone at 614-645-8621 or email jebolino@columbus.gov

Pilot Program: Old Oaks Homeownership Program

Promote the redevelopment of residential homes and residential properties in the Old Oaks Historic District as homeownership opportunities, returning neglected properties to productive use.

The City receives funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the annual allocation of Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) and Columbus City Council in the Capital Improvements Budget.

The homebuyer will serve as the property owner in all homeownership projects. The homebuyer will be required to sign the City of Columbus’ agreements and will be subject to the terms set forth therein.

Please review the guidelines for full eligibility information

Old Oaks Guidelines
http://development.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Development/Old_Oaks.pdf

For additional information and the application please contact Randi Arnett by phone at 614-645-7277 or email rlarnett@columbus.gov 

 

General information on the Vacant and Abandoned Properties Initiative, please contact Hannah R. Jones by phone at 614-645-7125 or email hrjones@columbus.gov

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