HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD Region V No. 11-43
April A. Brown
(202) 708-0685
For Release
May 3, 2011

Ohio housing development among 14 model programs named nationwide

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is recognizing Franklin County's Commons at Buckingham project with its coveted "Doorknocker Award" for their outstanding work in producing affordable housing. From creating a stable living environment for those with disabilities to providing rental assistance to homeless veterans, each community represents a model for developing innovative housing solutions to meet their specific needs.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the awards to 11 local communities and three state agencies for their exceptional use of funding provided through HUD's HOME Investment Partnerships Program. The announcement of the "Doorknocker Awards" coincides with the 20th anniversary of the HOME Program, the largest federal block grant program dedicated to producing affordable housing at the state and local level. Since 1992, HOME produced more than one million units of affordable housing through the U.S.

"Whether it's saving a homeless veteran from a life on the streets or designing a transit-oriented, energy efficient development that revitalizes a blighted neighborhood, these governments prove that working together we can make a real difference," Secretary Donovan said.  "Producing affordable housing is hard work but these jurisdictions are building better communities and creating opportunities for people most in need."

HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development Mercedes Marquez presented the awards during HUD's HOME Program 20th Anniversary Conference in Bethesda, Maryland.

Ohio's award winning project is:

Franklin County
The Commons at Buckingham
(New construction rental -single room occupancy housing)

Completed in 2010, Commons at Buckingham is a 100-unit, single-room occupancy rental project developed by the National Church Residences and located in the Discovery District of downtown Columbus. All units are affordable, with 75 units available to individuals participating in the Rebuilding Lives initiative administered by the Community Shelter Board. Ten units are accessible.

The objective is to help end the cycle of homelessness by creating permanent supportive housing and linking tenants to services, such as social, educational, therapeutic, vocational, and health care support. The Commons at Buckingham has been distinguished by its provision of continued and varied services on-site. The project has also been characterized by outstanding community outreach and the neighborhood has embraced its services. The community support that it gained allows for qualified prospective tenants to have access to supportive housing. The building itself is high density, amenity enriched and transit-oriented; and it is the first LEED Platinum-certified affordable housing project in Ohio and the Midwest.

For more information contact:
Amanda King
Program Coordinator
Franklin County
150 South Front Street, Suite 10
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-7302

HUD's HOME Program

The Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act created the HOME Program in 1992. HOME provides formula grants to States and localities that communities use-often in partnership with local nonprofit groups-to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people.

Each year, HUD allocates approximately $2 billion to more than 600 State and local participating jurisdictions to increase the stock of affordable housing and provide tenant-based rental assistance for low- and very low-income households. Since the program's inception, the HOME Program has completed more than one million units of affordable housing and provided more than 240,000 families with critically needed rental assistance. Each dollar of HOME funds leverages nearly $4 in other public and private investment and has leveraged more than $78 billion over the life of the program.

Each award-winning project demonstrates how the flexibility provided by the HOME program is used by State and the local governments to meet the specific needs of low-income families and underserved populations in their areas. These projects and programs serve as models for other jurisdictions to replicate throughout the country in four categories of innovation -producing producing sustainable housing, promoting long-term affordability, reaching underserved populations and building CHDO (non-profit) capacity.


HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at and You can also follow HUD on Twitter at @HUDnews or on Facebook at, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv.

National HOME Doorknocker Award Winners
State Community Project Name
California City of Los Angeles The New Carver Apartments
California Los Angeles County Casa Dominquez
Massachusetts City of Somerville St. Polycarp Village Apartments
Massachusetts City of Springfield/
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Worthington Commons
Massachusetts Commonwealth of Massachusetts Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community Village
North Carolina City of Asheville Pathways to Permanent Housing
New York City of Mount Vernon Grace Towers Housing
Ohio Franklin County Commons at Buckingham
Pennsylvania Allegheny County Consortium Woodcrest Retirement Residences
South Dakota State of South Dakota Sir Charles Apartments
Vermont City of Burlington King Street Housing
Vermont State of Vermont CHDO Capacity Building Program
Washington City of Seattle Broadway Crossing
Wisconsin City of Madison Robert L. Beilman House


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