“When it comes to economic development, there is, as they say, more than one way to skin a rabbit. ECDI’s Minor Home Repair Program, funded by the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the State of Ohio, is an example of a program that provides a layered type of economic and community development that isn’t predicated on investing capital. Senior and disabled residents in Central Ohio receive needed home repairs to address safety hazards, substandard features and accessibility issues, preserving their dignity, comfort and independence, while also providing contracting opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
“The work is steady with help from ECDI and Lifecare Alliance,” says Alex Dashkovsky, owner of Quality Paint, an ECDI-approved contractor. “It’s much easier… I don’t have to worry if I’m not on one job. My guys are constantly out there and I can pull them away to do some projects as they appear.”…”