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Azul restaurant to anchor senior citizen development and neighborhood in Maineville

Polly Campbell of The Cincinnati Enquirer:

An intergenerational development is coming to Maineville that’s a first of its kind in Ohio.

Hopkins Commons will be a neighborhood designed to help senior citizens age in place and stay connected to the larger community. It includes both market-rate and subsidized housing and amenities for people older than 55.

It will be anchored, and partly funded, by Azul, an American comfort-food restaurant open to the public. Chef Nat Blanford will co-own it with Warren County Community Services, which is building Hopkin Commons. They hope to open by April 1, 2018.

Blanford says that the restaurant, open to the public, will be all about comfort.

Read more about this really cool and innovative project.


Working to end homelessness in Lima

Via Your Hometown Lima Stations:

“Work is continuing to address the homeless problem here in Lima Allen County.

The Lima Rotary Club is teaming up with the West Ohio Community Action Partnership to bring awareness, education, and hopefully a solution to the homelessness situation in our community. The Rotary Club has started a fundraising campaign to provide the help needed for the chronically homeless that want a way out. It’s essential to connect individuals with the resources available to them on a 24/7 basis.

CEO of West Ohio CAP, Jackie Fox says there will be a phone number that can be called that will connect to a live person that will help find the services needed, including a warm bed for the night.”

Watch the full news story, including the interview with Jackie Fox, here. 



County gets $1.55 million housing grant from state

Daniel Carson of The News-Messenger:

“Sandusky County has received a $1.55 million community affordable housing grant that will help homeowners and rental property owners fix up dozens of homes in the county.

The county’s Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program grant is funded by the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs, according to the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Sandusky County is one of 30 communities statewide to receive one of the grants.

County Administrator Theresa Garcia said WSOS is administering the community housing grant locally and has been doing so for at least a decade.

Garcia said the $1.55 million grant is for the next two years and is meant to assist residents with repairs that include installing new windows and other home upgrades.

She said WSOS takes and reviews applications for the grant funding and makes decisions on which homeowners will receive money for home repairs.

“They maintain the whole program,” Garcia said.

The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded the grant, which will be used to rehabilitate, repair and construct affordable housing for low-income Ohio residents as well as provide homeownership and rental assistance.”

Congratulations for the two year award, OCDCA member WSOS Community Action! This is a great acknowledgement of the benefit of OHTF, CDBG, and HOME.

Read the whole story here.


Local donations will soon head to Texas

Nancy Radcliff via Circleville Herald:

A beautiful story of a community coming together to aid another community.

“The Circleville City School District has teamed up with Pickaway County Community Action (PICCA) and Shears Barber Shop to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston, Texas area.

“I wanted to do something to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey,” said Kim Kroen, with Shears Barber Shop in Circleville. Together with owner Denise Huff, they contacted PICCA, and began organizing a truckload of donations to head to Texas. Kroen said donations have been pouring in at Shears and the community is really coming through. The items will be transported to Texas by Andy Bowen, of Bowen Trucking.

PICCA will be accepting donations until 3 p.m. Friday at their location, 469 E. Ohio Street. Shears Barber Shop, 216 Scioto St., will be collecting donations until 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Donated items needed are diapers, baby formula, baby food, non-perishable food, paper towels, toilet paper, bottled water, pet supplies, first aid materials, wheelchairs, Ensure drinks, adult diapers, hygiene products, disposable plates, cups and utensils. They ask that you do not donate glass materials.

e-Merge Real Estate is collecting items for Hurricane Harvey Relief on Sat., Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at two different locations. In Circleville, at 105 W. Mound St., and in South Bloomfield, and 5027 S. Walnut St.

Additional items they’re looking for include blankets, plain T-shirts (small child up to adult) sweatpants (small size up to adult), socks and underwear (all sizes, boy and girl), box fans, pet supplies, sleeping bags, and heavy duty bags for distribution.

All items collected by e-Merge will be distributed at The Word of God Christian Fellowship Church in Cypress, Texas, and the George Brown Convention Center in Houston.”

Read the whole story with photos in the Circleville Herald.