With inflation on the rise and the cost of almost everything rising, a new housing project hopes to make housing more affordable for people.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As inflation rises and the cost of just about everything rises, a new housing project hopes to make housing more affordable for people.

The community housing network is aiming to tackle long-term and chronic homelessness through a multi-stage approach with its new Touchstone Field Place housing project. This is the seventh affordable housing project recently developed by CHN in Franklin County.

Touchstone has 56 units in Phase I, with Phase II slated to begin construction in 2023 and create 44 additional units of affordable housing. The units serve as a new permanent home of support for those previously housed at the downtown YMCA.

“I can really say that I’m very proud that this is my home now,” said Carol Ford, one of the residents.

Ford said she’s grateful to stop moving as she goes from shelter to shelter. Now she can call a new affordable housing project her long-term home.

“It’s dedicated to people affected by homelessness and other conditions, mental health, addiction, trauma-related issues,” said Samantha Schuler, CEO of CHN. “If you can provide both housing and on-site support that they need help their mental health or addiction problems, they are much more likely to remain stable, recover and thrive.”

“As we continue to grow, more projects like this will be absolutely necessary to ensure that this dynamic growth is also inclusive,” said Mayor Ginter.

According to CHN, the chain has more than 160 properties throughout Franklin County and currently houses more than 1,800 residents. 96% of the residents of ChN have permanent housing.

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