Fourth Street Towers
Fourth Street has a long-standing history of being committed to reinvesting in the community. One of the best examples in this effort is Fourth Towers, Inc., a subsidiary of the church designed to provide affordable housing for low to moderate income families.
Founded in 1972, the project was established to help restore the area surrounding the church following the move-out of many residents who formerly lived in the historic district. In 1994, the Towers received the status of Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). Currently, the development provides housing for 26 families, creating a home environment for more than 100 people.
In 1999, Dea. Franklin Douglass became director of the Towers where he is responsible for managing the property and supervising all projects including new constructions and renovations. He also oversees daily operations such as finances and resident services.
"Our goal is to assist displaced families and help them to gain self sufficiency and upward mobility,â€? said Dea. Douglass. "Our business is serving others.â€?
The development is the first and only CHDO in Columbus and the first to partner with the City in the Federal HOME program sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Fourth Street Towers has received four awards from the Historic District of Columbus for outstanding contributions in the area of Historic Preservation.
The project was also honored with the 2007 Hometown Hero Award from the Chamber of Commerce. Since its inception, the award winning housing initiative has developed 34 apartment units, 16 single family housing units and one 17-unit senior housing facility. Six of the single family homes have been sold and nine are now being leased.
Housing applicants must meet income limitations as specified by HUD. To learn more about the application process and qualifications for residency at Fourth Street Towers, call 706-321-0015 or email [email protected]