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04/16/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/16/2021 11:03

614 for Linden Provides Update on 1st Steps for Implementing 'One Linden Plan'

This weeks #GOPCThread takes a closer look at the 614 for Linden and its first steps in implementing the City of Columbus' One Linden Plan.

Not on Twitter, the thread is available online , as well as below.

In 2019, The 614 for Linden received a $5 million grant as a national winner of JPMorgan Chase's PRO Neighborhoods competition. Columbus was 1 of only 7 winning submissions, out of 75 applications covering 49 cities. #GOPCThread#onelinden#the614forlinden

The 614 for Linden began as 4 CDFIs & 6 nonprofits: @OCCHstrong, Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus & Franklin Co, @FinanceFund, @ECDIoh, Nationwide Children's, Healthy Homes, Community Shelter Board, @AffordHouse_OH, @4AllPeople4, @SSCH1919, & Community of Caring #GOPCThread

The 614 for Linden explicitly seeks to address the following 4 of the One Linden plan's big ideas: 1) Stabilize & Expand Housing Options, 2) Develop Business & Support Entrepreneurs, 3) Build Community Investment, and 4) Support Resident Health #GOPCThreadhttp://www.ourlinden.com

In its 1st year, The 614 for Linden established a nearly $20M fund pool for affordable housing & utilized it to preserve 230 affordable housing units. It also stabilized 88 individuals at-risk of homelessness through rental & security deposit assistance & counseling. #GOPCThread

The 614 for Linden assisted 73 potential small business clients & closed on six small business loans. It also conducted a grocery store feasibility study and started conversations to identify potential operators for the grocery in Linden. #GOPCThread#the614forlinden

The 614 for Linden offered grants for residents' exterior home renovations in targeted areas, provided wraparound health services, & supported the redevelopment of an vacant market into a fresh food market & charitable pharmacy. #GOPCThread#the614forlinden

During COVID-19, The 614 for Linden reallocated $50,000 to help @SSCH1919 & Community of Caring Development Foundation address food & housing insecurity; $ helped purchase fresh food & refrigeration equipment & provided emergency rent & utility assistance. #GOPCThread

The 614 for Linden also facilitated various community engagement activities in its 1st year: community engagement events with over 255 attendees, monthly zoom meetings with neighborhood leadership, & 1-on-1 stakeholder interviews. #GOPCThread#the614forlinden