• $29.7 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant awarded to PACT by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the 2013-14 cycle.
  • A+ PACT reached an agreement with Columbus City Schools to implement Health Sciences Academies within a pipeline of schools in PACT’s geography. Seven East High School feeder pattern schools will offer a vertically aligned curriculum with a theme of health sciences and a culture of high expectations in a seamless intertwined cluster with a common mission.
  • $10 million health care and housing funding provided to PACT by Ohio State University

Partners Achieving Community Transformation

PACT is a non-profit partnership comprised of The Ohio State University, City of Columbus and Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. PACT’s vision is to create a financially and environmentally sustainable, healthy community where residents can have access to safe and affordable housing, quality healthcare and education, and employment opportunities on the Near East Side of Columbus.

Building the Framework for a Stronger Community

A recent residential market analysis found the potential for housing is strong in the Near East Side. The data indicates the area could capture 700–900 new households over the next five years, with over 70% of the market seeking multifamily rental options. PACT has convened local partners to develop a cluster approach to addressing issues of vacancy and blight through intentional redevelopment.

A Blueprint for Success

By implementing its Blueprints for Community Investment, PACT will work to help residents of the Near East Side of Columbus create a healthy neighborhood of choice that can break the cycle of poverty in the area. Improving educational outcomes in this neighborhood is an important component of the comprehensive transformation of the area. PACT will successfully implement the Blueprint by focusing on its strategic goals.

A Healthy Outlook

PACT’s Blueprint for Community Investment has, from the beginning, been focused first and foremost on improving the health, wellness, and overall quality of life for residents of the Near East Side. Plans call for a community model for preventative and personalized healthcare. The strategy is to build a health and wellness system that will trigger a cultural shift in the residents’ personal health attitudes and behaviors by focusing on preventative and proactive care.