Highland Terrace Transformation Plan

Below is the executive summary of our Transformation Plan for Highland Terrace in Columbus, GA.

Completing a Transformation Plan alone is not enough to achieve transformation. While there is a lot of work ahead to implement this plan, We expect innovation and creation to spur as a result of aligning the many efforts that are underway in the Defined Neighborhood. This plan is a representation of the work being done and a guide of the work ahead.

Through meetings with community partners and public engagement processes, it is apparent that the residents of the Defined Neighborhood face challenges in the form of lack of adequate housing for the elderly, lack of easy access to health and wellness services, and lack of interconnectedness and fellowship. Thus, the Transformation Team’s goals are to eliminate those challenges. As a result, the Transformation Team (comprised of community partners) is confident that the addition of a low-income elderly housing development would be of paramount benefit to the residents of the target community, and the addition would be instrumental in overcoming or at a minimum mitigating the community’s elderly housing challenge. For that reason, we propose the approval of funding for the elderly housing development Highland Terrace.

In pursuance of meeting the goal of overcoming the Defined Neighborhood’s lack of easy access to health and wellness services, the Transformation Team plans to implement the Healthy Housing Initiative Program. We have partnered with MercyMed of Columbus (MercyMed) to meet that goal. MercyMed is located in the Defined Neighborhood, and its doctors and staff have agreed to come on-site once a month to perform screenings for various diseases, health risk assessments, and to assess future health risk factors. We have also partnered with the River Valley Area Agency on Aging to provide a wide variety of wellness services such as Medicare explanations, health insurance explanations, and wellness classes to the residents of Highland Terrace and the Defined Neighborhood. And lastly, on this initiative, we have partnered with the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) in order to monitor and evaluate the success of the Healthy Housing Initiative Program at Highland Terrace.

Being successful in the endeavor of creating easier access to health and wellness services means much more than folks just being physically well, it means having a community whose members support one another.

In pursuance of meeting the goal of overcoming the Defined Neighborhood’s lack of interconnectedness and fellowship challenge, we have partnered with Fox Elementary School (Fox Elementary). That partnership will result in a volunteer reader program and opportunities for children to come on-site and display their artwork, have choral concerts, and participate in craft activities with seniors. We have also partnered with Little Bit Farm. Little Bit Farm is a family-owned sustainable fruit, vegetable and livestock farm. The owners of Little Bit Farm have agreed to set-up a farm fresh produce stand at Highland Terrace twice per month. We hope this will be a catalyst for a greater farmer’s market.

Transformation Team members and Community Quarterback Truth Spring have already been working toward increasing interconnectedness and fellowship in the Defined Neighborhood for many years. On the same path, the Transformation Team thinks that the community inclusive activities that it will implement in order to overcome the Defined Neighborhood’s health and wellness and will have a positive externality of increasing interconnectedness and fellowship among residents within the Defined Neighborhood.

The Transformation Team members have been engaged in community development and improvement through various initiatives for over ten years; this development and transformation plan will aid in those efforts. The Transformation Team is deeply committed to creating opportunities to transform the Defined Neighborhood into an overall healthier place to live, work, learn and play, and it aspires to build a culture of fellowship, health and wellness within the target community; it invites you to help.

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The RAD Guide to CHAP Amendments

The Office of Recap has created the attached “Overview of RAD CHAP Amendments” guide to assist PHAs who wish to make changes to their initial RAD CHAP award. The purpose of the guide is to provide an overview of the CHAP amendment process, a comprehensive listing of reasons CHAPs might be amended, including permitted changes to contract rents, updating utility allowances, and modifying the units that will be converted. It also provides additional clarity regarding the information the PHA must include in their amendment request in order for the amendment to be processed. HUD’s intent in producing this document is to ensure that PHAs are fully aware of the options available to them and to reduce the overall number of instances in which a CHAP may need to be amended.

All CHAP amendment requests must be submitted via email to your assigned RAD Transaction Manager 60 days prior to your Financing Plan submission. Waiting to submit a CHAP amendment request after this time may result in significant processing delays.

We encourage you to continue to work closely with your assigned RAD Transaction Manager on any changes to the proposed conversion.

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Join the National Women’s Business Council’s Public Meeting Via Webcast

You are invited to join the National Women’s Business Council for their next public meeting – United We Thrive: Sustaining Our Momentum in Corporate and Private Arenas on Wednesday, March 8, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET, via web conference. As the current administration comes to a close, we have the opportunity to reflect on the progress that we have made and the path forward.

You can RSVP for the meeting here through Eventbrite or via email at [email protected] with your name and “RSVP for 3/8 Public Meeting” in the subject line. Further details will be provided upon RSVP. If you experience any problems, please contact the NWBC at (202) 205-3850.

Women’s entrepreneurship has evolved from a ‘growing trend’ to a vital part of our nation’s economy. According to the 2012 U.S. Census’ Survey of Business Owners (SBO), 36% of privately-held businesses in the U.S. are owned by women – approximately 10 million firms. These firms generate over $1.4 trillion in sales and employ over 8 million people. Despite the inroads made, there are still significant road blocks.

Access to capital continues to be a challenge; on average, men start their businesses with nearly twice as much capital as women – $135,000 to $75,000. And, fewer than 2 percent of women-owned businesses exceed $1 million in receipts, though many indicate a desire to scale up. Corporate supplier diversity programs, the formal efforts made by corporations to include underrepresented businesses into their supply chains, have been heralded as opportunities for businesses to scale up by securing high-value and sustainable contracts. We’ll be discussing supplier diversity, in depth, at our Public Meeting!

We encourage entrepreneurs, business-owners, policymakers, researchers and officials to tune in to learn about the Council’s latest research, receive updates on Council activities, and hear from White House, Congressional and Small Business Administration representatives on major accomplishments and future priorities.
Thank you again for all that you do and your continued support on issues of impact to women business-owners and women entrepreneurs across the country. We are grateful to be doing this work alongside all of you, and we do hope that you can join in.