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Transforming Lives and Lots

Councilmember  Announces Grant Program to Promote Workforce Development and Combat Vacant Housing

Building on its strong history of collaboration and partnerships, the City of Columbus is creating the Learning Skills to Lift Neighborhoods (LSLN) grant program to promote workforce development in the construction trades for youth or restored citizens. The program also focuses on transforming vacant and blighted structures or lots into productive parcels.

On Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:30am, Councilmember Jaiza Page, chair of the Housing Committee, will be joined by Council President Zach Klein, President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson and Councilmember Shannon Hardin at a City Land Bank property, 2228 Gerbert Rd., to announce the program.

“This is a great partnership between the City and non-profit organizations,” said Page. “The program not only provides job and skill building opportunities but also gives our community partners another tool in the toolbox to fight against the issue of vacant housing.”

Grantees can be awarded up to $20,000 per worksite, with a maximum of two sites per applicant.

Any award granted must solely be used for implementation of the proposed project. Priority will be given to those utilizing parcels from the Land Bank.

“As we continue to look for new ways to revitalize our neighborhoods, I am excited about this new program that will not only utilize Land Bank properties, but will also create job training opportunities,” said Development Director Steve Schoeny. 

Applicants must be a not-for-profit organization, be able to sign a contract and lease/purchase agreement if utilizing a Land Bank lot and obtain insurance and partner with a legally incorporated 501c(3) with the capacity to act as a fiscal agent if necessary.

Previous experience and capacity in the area of workforce development training for youth or restored citizens is required. Applicants must demonstrate site control for each parcel included in the application.

Applications are due November 28, 2016 at noon. Questions about the program or application can be sent to Hannah Jones, Deputy Director of Community Development, at (614) 645-7125 or HRJones@columbus.gov.

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