After 25 years, the Creative Housing│Creative Renovations team, in Partnership with The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, has reached the 1000 home mark and is regarded as a national model of success.
[COLUMBUS, Ohio ~ February 2, 2017] Creative Housing│Creative Renovation was started as a solution to a difficult problem faced by parents of adult children with disabilities; “Where will my child live and thrive when they become an adult or after we are gone?” This extraordinarily hard question looms in the minds of every parent that has a child with developmental disabilities . In the past, this meant that parents had to make alternate and more impersonal arrangements, such as group home or institutional living, to ensure that their child would have a place to call home for the rest of their lives. Then, Creative Housing came along…and changed everything.
Today, hundreds of adults with developmental disabilities have their own safe and accessible homes throughout Franklin County. One such story is that of Clifford and Isabelle. They met and married more than 20 years ago at a work training program. The two have been living independently in a Creative Housing home for their entire marriage. They are just one of the many stories that would not be possible without the Creative Housing network of homes.
Through a combination of 516 subsidized private market apartments, 243 Creative Housing owned single-family homes, 104 duplex units and 189 Creative Housing owned apartments, we are now providing housing in 1052 locations across Greater Columbus
“The 1,000-house milestone is an indicator of an extraordinary community commitment to support people with disabilities and their families in our neighborhoods in the Columbus metropolitan area,” Creative Housing President & CEO Patrick Rafter said. “Our work to develop housing that is specially adapted to meet the needs of people with disabilities and integrated into the fabric of our neighborhoods has shown that providing independence and quality housing options, sets the foundation for a well lived life.”
Across the country there is a growing movement to respond to the need for safe, accessible, and affordable housing for people with disabilities. A number of states and community agencies have contacted Creative Housing to better understand how they can recreate a similar network of homes. Rafter notes, “we are happy to serve as a catalyst to help other communities become housing activists for people with disabilities.”
In addition to providing housing for people with developmental disabilities, this year Creative Housing │Creative Renovation expects to complete another 300 home accessibility renovations projects for seniors and others with physical disabilities.