Rutherford House Opens in Lancaster, OH

Rutherford 2A ribbon cutting ceremony held in early June, 2015 celebrated the first year of operation for the newest supportive housing development in Lancaster, Ohio. Named the Rutherford House, this 16 unit apartment complex houses families who previously experienced homelessness and all families include at least one person with a disability.

Families pay 30% of their income for rent and are able to access voluntary services such as financial and job counseling, referrals for healthcare, as well as services for people with mental health and substance use conditions.  Utilizing a housing first approach, this supportive housing program connects families with the appropriate level of support after they've been housed.

CSH provided technical assistance and a $50,000 Project Initiation Loan for pre-development support of this project. This is the second supportive housing development to open in Lancaster, both developed by the Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency.

Once utilized as the Fairfield County Children’s Home, this historic building was first developed in 1886 was rehabbed with a capital budget of $2.9 million dollars, financed though the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA).

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