who we serve
CPO Impact's primary service recipients are residents of the CPO Initiative, a portfolio of scattered-site project-based section 8 housing in central Columbus, Ohio. This portfolio was purchased in 2003 by Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) and underwent $133 million in physical rehabilitation from 2004 to 2009. Since 2003, the portfolio has been managed by Community Properties of Ohio Management Services (CPO Management), a company created to transform the housing through mission-oriented property management.
The CPO Initiative currently consists of 982 affordable housing units in Columbus & Portsmouth, including units in senior and disabled buildings and 843 scattered-site multifamily units. All units are project-based Section 8 housing, which means that applicants must meet strict income eligibility guidelines. Residents then pay approximately 30% of their gross income in rent.
The CPO Initiative is home to approximately 2,500 individuals, over half of whom are children less than 18 years old. Although we have a wide range of residents, the typical CPO household consists of a single, African-American, female head of household parenting one or more children aged 5 or younger.