History

The Buckeye Community Hope Foundation (BCHF) was chartered in 1991 as a 501©(3) non-profit corporation with the mission of developing and facilitating affordable housing for low-income families. BCHF is in good standing and qualified to do business in the States of Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennesee, South Carolina and Virginia.

In meeting this mission, BCHF has created, owns, or operates more than 1,500 units of affordable housing across the six states previously cited. More than 500 additional units of housing are under development. BCHF has also carried out numerous affordable housing and social service programs, successfully administering more than $25 Million in Federal, state, or local grant initiatives either for itself or in its capacity as consultant for other organizations.

In 1994, BCHF expanded its mission to include the provision of educational services. It developed and serves as lead agency for the YouthBuild Columbus program, a comprehensive education and vocational training program for Columbus’ dropout youth. YouthBuild Columbus, originally a GED-track academic and construction training initiative, combines education, life and leadership training, construction skills instruction, and job/college placement. Students gain vocational skills by building and rehabilitating houses that are sold to low-income families for below market price.

In September 2001, BCHF opened the YouthBuild Columbus Community School to offer high school vocational and diploma-track education to YouthBuild Columbus students. BCHF also operates GED-track Youthbuild programs serving Columbus and Hamilton , Ohio.

In 2004, BCHF was approved as a community school sponsor by the Ohio State Board of Education. Believing that community schools are an innovative and progressive approach for developing high quality educational options, BCHF seeks to foster and nurture productive relationships with Ohio community schools, providing ongoing guidance and professional oversight geared toward the success of community schools and their students. Realizing that community schools must be both educationally and fiscally sound, BCHF brings to its sponsorship role an unparalleled understanding of both teaching and the business of teaching. It is uniquely qualified to assist operators of community schools in creating educational systems that are both effective and self-sufficient.