Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing Celebrates Partners at Annual Luncheon

OCCH was pleased to host 600 affordable housing partners at its annual Partner Luncheon May 21st at the Columbus Renaissance Hotel. OCCH marked 26 years investing in the development of affordable housing in communities throughout Ohio and Kentucky.

In a little over two decades, OCCH has raised $3.25 billion, resulting in more than 35,000 units of affordable rental housing in 700 developments. The Partner Luncheon recognizes the many investors, developers, lenders, management companies, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and government entities that partner with OCCH in the development of affordable housing.

The highlight of the luncheon is the Awards of Excellence, which honors partners for their outstanding work in the affordable housing industry. Jack Kukura, Chief of Acquisitions, Tony DiBlasi, Chief of Asset Management, and Isabel Toth, President of Community Properties of Ohio, an OCCH affiliate, presented the 2015 Awards of Excellence to the following partners:

Excellence in Permanent Supportive Housing to Pearl House, Fairfield County, Ohio.Partners recognized in the project include: Fairfield Homes, Inc.; Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency; The Recovery Center; Gorsuch Management; and Kontogiannis and Associates.
Excellence in Affordable Housing Preservation and Neighborhood Redevelopment to Losantiville Apartments, Hamilton County, Ohio.Partners recognized in the project include: The Model Group, Inc.; Over-the-Rhine Community Housing; Brickstone Properties, LLC; CR architecture + design; and City Studios Architecture.
Excellence in Affordable Senior Housing to Riverside Landing at Delaware Place, Delaware County, Ohio. Partners recognized in the project include: Miller-Valentine Group; City of Delaware; M + A Architects; The Kleingers Group; and The EDGE Group.
Excellence in Public Housing and Neighborhood Redevelopment to Sheppard Square, Jefferson County, Kentucky. Partners recognized in the project include: Louisville Metro Housing Authority; Howell & Howell Contractors, Inc.; and Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects.
Excellence in Permanent Supportive Housing Property Management to Christie Tatman-Stroh. Partners recognized include: Emerald Development & Economic Network, Inc. (EDEN)
Excellence in Crisis Management and Response to Laynecrest Manor of Medway. Partners recognized in the project include: Homeland Property Management, Inc.; Wabuck Development Company, Inc.; and Clayton Watkins Construction Company, Inc.
Excellence in Resident Growth to Karia Karia. Partners recognized include: Community Properties of Ohio Management Services.


An emotional highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of the award for resident growth to Karia Karia, resident of Community Properties of Ohio. Karia’s moving speech detailing his struggles with autism and his success becoming an Eagle Scout and starting college in the fall provided inspiration to all.  

Jeanne Golliher, OCCH Board Member and President  & CEO of the Cincinnati Development Fund, presented the 2015 Carol Mount Peterson Resident Development Fund Awards (RDF) for summer camp to several partners. The RDF program allows OCCH to provide grants to its nonprofit partners in order to help residents access educational and employment programs, and support activities designed to increase residents’ ability to live more satisfying and productive lives. To date, OCCH has awarded 425 grants totaling more than $7,771,619 to partners.

The RDF funding for summer camp will provide for activities that include youth summer camp scholarships, pool passes, children’s play areas, educational programs, transportation services, academic and program scholarships, and computer learning centers.

RDF recipients include: Building for Tomorrow; Buckeye Community Hope Foundation; CAC of Fayette County; Homeport; Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority; Community Housing Network; Community Properties of Ohio Management Services; Frontier Community Services; Housing and Neighborhood Development Service; The Model Group; NRP Group, LLC; Omni Management Group; and Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. 

A special highlight of the luncheon was the recognition by Hal Keller of current OCCH Board Member and longtime friend, Susan Weaver, who recently retired from Community Housing Network—the organization she founded over 20 years ago.

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