Housing Accelerator

With funding from Key Bank, the Columbus Urban League created the Housing Accelerator Program to help with ongoing recovery from the devastating impact of the pandemic. As the COVID-19 assistance dollars dry up, many still face deep rental debt and fear of eviction and the loss of basic housing security. COVID-19 exacerbated affordable housing issues that predated the pandemic and that still has deep disparities that threaten the strength of an economic recovery which must work for everyone.

Housing is a basic human need and CUL strives to create relevant programming that expands equal access to affordable housing for renters and buyers. CUL’s Housing Accelerator answers the housing instability issues of our community by blending access to tools and information that promote generational wealth, affordable housing, career services/workforce development, and wrap-around case management to help motivated clients/change the trajectory of their household’s success.

By aligning multiple human services systems, we maximize the impact of this short-term intervention to provide mid-term financial independence and long-term self-sufficiency.

CUL’s Housing Accelerator pairs clients with a Housing Counselor, Wealth Navigator and Job Coach to help identify the support needed to successfully complete the housing education program and start their new career. Among other program aspects:

  1. Individuals experiencing homelessness will build skills to heal from trauma, restore hope, and end the cycle of homelessness through a trauma-informed and housing-first approach.
  2. Housing Accelerator provides an online eight-hour education class (in two (2) four hour sessions) quarterly to participating clients. The focus is to build generational wealth and housing stabilization efforts.
  3. Continued and new partnerships with property owners/managers, agencies, Grant funders, inspection agencies, agencies, or companies upon referral.
  4. Continue to receive referrals and expand relationships with different entities for 2023, to increase positive rental statistics
  5. Supports a wide range of efforts to promote family economic stability. The programs that promote job and housing readiness through education and training; aid with economic and financial wellness or other services that support entrepreneurial activities, which improves family and community strengthening.
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Questions? Contact CUL's Housing Accelerator Team at 614-257-6300

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