Pat Tiberi Speaks at Georgetown Senior Apartments’ Grand Re-Opening

Georgetown Senior Apartments welcomed Congressman Pat Tiberi to its grand re-opening and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 29.

Guests included:

  • Tim Swiney, SVP, Development, Wallick Communities
  • Rochelle Twinning, Executive Director, BRIDGES Community Action Partnership
  • Ferzan Ahmed, Delaware County Administrator
  • Vice Mayor Kent Shafer, City of Delaware, Ohio
  • Tom Homan, City Manager, City of Delaware, Ohio
  • Andrew Brenner, State Representative 67th District
  • Alicia Fannon, Closing Coordinator, City Real Estate Advisors
  • Justin Marshall, Assistant Vice President, Fifth-Third Bank
  • Donna Hyder, Resident, Georgetown Senior Apartments

Originally built in 1977, Georgetown is a two-story congregate building with 50 one-bedroom apartments. In 2015, Wallick was awarded Low-Income Housing Tax Credits for the community’s rehabilitation. Georgetown’s $7.4 million transformation included:

  • All new roof and Energy Star rated vinyl windows
  • New Energy Star split system HVAC
  • All new kitchen counter tops, cabinets and appliances
  • New bathroom fixtures and accessories
  • Upgraded hard surface flooring throughout
  • Remodeled 8 unit to meet UFAS and 504 Standards
  • New resident computer center
  • Newly created Resident Service and Health Care Assessment Offices
  • New security camera system
  • New gazebo, raised garden plots and accessible route
  • Enlarged and enhanced entry vestibule

2017 Jack Wallick Memorial Scholarship Recipients Announced

Every spring, the Jack Wallick Memorial Scholarship program awards several Wallick residents with up to $2,500 each year to cover the cost of college or technical school. This endowment fund was established in memory of Jack Wallick, founder of Wallick Communities, and supports his mission to build a better future for people of all walks of life.

We’re excited to announce that the following residents have been awarded the Jack Wallick Memorial Scholarship for 2017:

  • Aaliyah Anderson, Parkview Estates, University of Illinois at Springfield, Accounting
  • Aleah Cumberbatch, Carriage Hill, Ohio University, AA Transfer Degree
  • Brenda Muyonga, Riverside Commons, Wright State University, Nursing
  • Deanna Parsons, Fair Parks Apartments, Southern State Community College, Applied Arts & Sciences
  • Dennell White, The Meadows, Columbus State Community College, Associates of Social & Human Services
  • Khaila Netters, Parkview Estates, University of Kentucky, Nursing (BSN)
  • Praise Tangbe, Carriage Hill, Ohio University, Public Health

By developing this scholarship program, Wallick is helping residents achieve their dreams and pursue the career they’ve always wanted. It also brings our mission statement of “opening doors to homes, opportunities and hope” to life.

“Ever since I was a small child, I’ve dreamed of attending nursing school. Since being named a recipient of the Jack Wallick Memorial Scholarship, my dream is finally becoming a reality.” 

–Brenda Muyonga, 2017 Jack Wallick Memorial Scholarship Recipient  

Congratulations to our 2017 scholarship recipients. Good luck with your studies!

Wallick Welcomes John Leonard, SVP, Construction

Wallick Communities is pleased to welcome John Leonard, Senior Vice President, Wallick Construction.  In this position, John will be responsible to effectively manage all construction-related projects and activities at Wallick.

Prior to joining Wallick, John was Vice President of the NRP Group, most recently responsible for overseeing construction of NRP’s Affordable Housing projects, which in the last 18 months comprised eight developments totaling $50 million. Prior to that, John oversaw construction for NRP’s Eastern Division, including affordable and market-rate developments, averaging 22 projects annually and more than 60 construction employees.

John has also worked with the Zaremba Group and attended Lakeland College studying business management. John is from Broadview Heights (near Cleveland) and is married with three kids. He is a big Cleveland sports fan and an OSU football fan.

Welcome, John!

Wallick Welcomes Joe Hall, Development Manager

Wallick Communities is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Development Team, Joe Hall. Joe will assume the role of Development Manager, and will be responsible for further preserving and adding to Wallick’s affordable housing portfolio by securing new LIHTC allocations. Joe will be a member of Tim Swiney’s origination team, which is currently responsible for LIHTC production in Ohio and Michigan.

Joe is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), with over seven years of experience within the affordable housing industry. His past areas of focus include acquisitions, refinances, LIHTC syndication, investment modeling, construction accounting and asset management. Prior to joining Wallick, Joe worked as the Director of Acquisitions for National Church Residences. He has also served as a Tax Manager within the Real Estate and Partnership taxation practice at Deloitte.

Joe received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Ohio State University, as well as his Master’s in Taxation from Capital University. Joe, his wife Carmen and their two children (Lucas, age 6 and Marianne, age 3), reside in Gahanna and are members of the New Albany Presbyterian Church.

Welcome, Joe! We look forward to working with you.

Ryan Herchenroether Joins Wallick Communities as VP of Senior Living Development

Please join us in welcoming Ryan Herchenroether, the new Vice President of Senior Living Development. In this role, Ryan will lead the Senior Living Development team on a variety of projects, including the expansion of Wallick’s assisted living and memory care channel.

From serving a 150-year old nonprofit in New York to working for Maplewood Senior Living in Connecticut, Ryan has established a successful career within development and senior living over the past eight years. Prior to his work within the senior living industry, Ryan served as a planner for the City of New York and worked for AKRF, Inc., a planning and environmental consulting firm.

“Rather than solely serving the luxury market, which is what many providers do, I’ve joined Wallick to bring quality housing and care services to everyday older adults. It’s easier said than done, but should be fun along the way”  

–Ryan Herchenroether, VP of Senior Living Development 

Ryan is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C) and received his master’s degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College (City University of New York). He completed graduate coursework in real estate from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. Currently commuting from Connecticut, Ryan, his wife Sara and their three children will relocate to the Columbus-area within the next year.

Dig In! Wallick Communities Officially Breaks Ground on 2nd Memory Care Community

On May 17, Wallick Communities welcomed nearly 50 guests to the grounds of Oakleaf Village of Columbus, where construction for its second memory care community, The Grove, has already begun.

Among the groundbreaking attendees, were guest speakers Jean Thompson, Ohio Assisted Living Association; Vince McGrail, Alzheimer’s Association Central Ohio; Ellen Short, Office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown; Larry Seward, Office of Congresswoman Joyce Beatty; Hon. Michael Stinziano, Columbus City Council; Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann, The Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center; Reverend Leroy Troy, Resident at Oakleaf Village; Dawn Nero, Executive Director of Oakleaf Village; Howard Wallick, Principal of Wallick Communities; and Tom Feusse, CEO of Wallick Communities.

With each passing minute, one person in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s disease.  By officially breaking ground on this state-of-the-art memory care community, Wallick is contributing to the growing effort to help those affected by age-related dementias.

The Grove will be composed of four neighborhoods that can support up to 56 residents total. Each neighborhood will feature a living room, open kitchen, sun room, private dining area, secured courtyard with a covered patio and walking path. These neighborhoods are designed to accommodate residents as they progress through the different stages of dementia.

This $7.1 million memory care community will create approximately 40 full-time employment positions for those in the Columbus-area and is expected to be completed by Spring 2018.

We want to thank everyone who attended the groundbreaking event and showed their support for The Grove at Oakleaf Village of Columbus. As the number of people affected by age-related dementia increases, Wallick will continue to provide person-centered care that will foster independence and enhance the quality of life for its residents.

Let’s Get Healthy! Roll Hill Kicks-Off 6th Annual Health Fair with 1 1/2 Mile Power Walk

Residents of Villages at Roll Hill had a healthy start to their day on Thursday, 3/16 when they were joined by community leaders for a 1 ½ mile power walk, which was a lively start to their 6th annual Health Fair. Nearly 300 residents attended the event to get tips on how to lead healthier lifestyles and improve their overall well-being.

The need for a community health fair was recognized by Lisa Hyde-Miller, Service Coordinator at Roll Hill, when she noticed a majority of mothers struggling with high blood pressure. To make the situation more complicated, the local grocery store and only source for fresh produce in the area, closed its doors. Due to a lack of resources in the neighborhood, Lisa decided it was time to bring health organizations to the Villages at Roll Hill.

“The greatest benefit of hosting a health fair is that people learn how to take care of themselves. I always say, your body is your temple and you only get what you put in it.”

-Lisa Hyde-Miller, Service Coordinator, Villages at Roll Hill

The community welcomed over 20 vendors, which included Buckeye Health Plan, Cincinnati Fire Department and a mammography van. Several new vendors were in attendance as well, such as Moving Beyond Depression and Health Care Access Now (HCAN). Moving Beyond Depression, a program developed by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, will be conducting a workshop at Roll Hill within the near future.

Among the more popular vendors was Miami Heights Chiropractic Center, who provided free back massages. Cradle Cincinnati was also present to spread the word about Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, a nonprofit that has delivered over 30,000 diapers this year to babies in Greater Cincinnati.

Raffle prizes included two admission tickets to Kings Island, 24 comforters from Bed, Bath & Beyond and five tickets/free skate rentals from The Skatin Place. Donations included a $500 mini grant from Baby1st Network and 3,000 canned goods from Childhood Food Solutions.

In view of Lisa Hyde-Miller’s hard work at Roll Hill and Childhood Food Solutions, the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce has invited her to speak at Cincinnati City Hall on Wednesday, April 5th. Congratulations, Lisa! You have inspired great changes at Villages at Roll Hill and we appreciate everything that you do.

Thank you to all businesses and organizations, who participated in Roll Hill’s 6th Annual Health Fair.

 

Complete list of organizations/businesses present at the health fair:

The Talbert House

Family Solutions

Mammography Van

Healthy Moms & Babes

Cincinnati Fire Department

Cincinnati Police/Crime Stopper

Primerica

Miami Heights Chiropractic Center

Cincinnati Hearing Center

Walgreens Pharmacy

Healthy Skin the Natural Way! Allie Bio Derma

Cincinnati Association for the Blind

TriHealth: Nutrition, Natal Care & Smoking Doll

Newcomer Funeral Services

Buckeye Health Plan

Moving Beyond Depression

Health Care Access Now (HCAN)

Caring Transitions: “Seniors Support System”

Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati

Clear Captions

Cradle Cincinnati/Reproductive Life Planning

Dr. Dan Buchanan Kenwood Rehabilitation

Westwood Library

 

Complete list of organizations/businesses that contributed donations:

Kings Island- 2 admission tickets

The Skatin’ Place- 5 admission ticket/skate rentals

Talbert House- $20 gift card

Health Care Access Now (HCAN)- $25 Kroger gift card

Bed, Bath & Beyond- 24 comforters, 1 Mr. Coffee & 2 pressure warmers

Miami Heights Chiropractic Center- 1 icepack

Dr. Dan Buchanan Kenwood Rehabilitation- Protein drinks for all attendees

Baby 1st Network- $500 mini-grant

Cradle Cincinnati- $500

President Drive Church- Hats & gloves

Childhood Food Solutions- 3,000 canned goods

Congratulations! Jessica Smith, Wallick Resident & Jerry Grier Scholarship Recipient, Graduates from Morehead State University

The Jerry Grier Scholarship Program was founded in 2014 by the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation (OCIC), an affiliate of the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH). The program was named after longtime OCCH board member, Jerry Grier, and is administered by the nonprofit organization, I Know I Can. Applicants have the opportunity to apply to both a tuition and performance-based scholarship. The tuition scholarship can award up to $8,000 per academic school year to help cover tuition costs. While the performance-based scholarship, can award up to $2,000 per academic school year to assist with student-related expenditures, such as textbooks, laptops and other course requirements.

Jessica Smith, Wallick resident and Jerry Grier Scholarship recipient, recently graduated from Morehead State University with a 4.0 GPA and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Read more about Jessica’s college experience and her plans for after graduation in her personal statement below.

My name is Jessica Smith and I am a 39-year-old divorced mother of two wonderful teenage children, Kaitlyn and Kaleb. I just recently graduated from Morehead State University (MSU) in December 2016 with my Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). My journey with higher education started shortly after my divorce in 2011. I originally wanted to study to be a Respiratory Therapist, but after taking two biology classes, I started to question my career choice. I went to my college advisor at Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) and told her about my concerns. I was also worried about the commute to Morehead State University’s main campus in Morehead, KY, which I had to make in order to complete the respiratory therapy program. My advisor then told me about MSU’s Ashland Campus and their social work program. So, I signed up for a couple of social work electives, loved them, and then smoothly transitioned into MSU’s social work program after my graduation at ACTC in May 2014, when I obtained my Associate of Arts (AA). I chose social work because social services helped me get to where I am today. Yes, I needed social services, but I didn’t take them as a handout, I used them as a hand up. Living here at Lawrence Village apartments gave me the ability to give my children safe and affordable housing, which alleviated a lot of stress. I worked very hard to make sure I got this degree, not only to become more self-sufficient myself, but to also learn how to effectively help others reach self-sufficiency as well. It’s just as rewarding to me to see others achieve self-sufficiency and reach goals, as it is for me to reach those same things.

In January 2015, I was officially accepted, after a challenging selection process, into MSU’s Bachelor of Social Work Program at their Ashland campus. I was one of 36 individuals chosen out of 70-some that applied for the program. We were the first group to go through this selection process and were called “The Chosen Ones”. Knowing that alone, boosted my confidence even more and motivated me to do the best I could in this program. My GPA soared from a 2.8 to a 4.0 after my first two semesters in the program. I had a close knit cohort and amazing faculty and professors to help get me through this program. With all the assignments we had, my cohort got to practice the skills we were learning together, on each other. We got constructive criticism not only from professors, but also from each other and it was the best learning experience I’ve ever had. Getting my Bachelor of Social Work was by far one of the most rewarding experiences of my life other than having my two children. They were one of my main motivations to make this change in my life.

Throughout my college experience I received several awards: Graduate Dean’s Scholar, Lola Crosthwaite Scholarship, and the Jerry Grier OCIC Scholarship. The Jerry Grier Scholarship was a huge help and covered all of my tuition my last semester plus my books. It was a huge relief to not have to add more debt onto what I had already incurred. Now that I have graduated, I am currently working on obtaining my social work licensure (LSW) and also waiting for an assessment to potentially obtain employment with the state of Ohio, working for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, which helps Ohioans with disabilities obtain employment and reach self-sufficiency. I’ve also interviewed with several other jobs as well. I would also like to obtain my master’s degree in social work (MSW) after I get a couple years of work experience. My ultimate goal is to eventually become a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW).

–Jessica Smith, Morehead State University Graduate & Resident at Lawrence Village

Carriage Hill Receives Great Deal of Support After Fire Destroys Building 12

On Sunday, February 26 at approximately 4 p.m., a fire was reported at Building 12 of Carriage Hill Apartments in Athens, Ohio. The building’s roof and third floor were destroyed, while the rest of the building sustained extensive water damage. The fire was contained by 8:30 p.m., however, Athens Fire Department remained on the scene through the night to maintain flare-ups. Unfortunately, the building and its contents are at a total loss and will be demolished in the coming weeks.

Thankfully, no serious injuries occurred, although one person was treated for smoke inhalation. Ohio University (OU) opened the doors of Baker University Center to serve as a warming station on Sunday evening. On Monday, OU and Athens’ communities rallied to collect food, clothing and other essentials for the residents, who lost their possessions to the fire.

American Red Cross also extended their services by providing food, clothing, temporary shelter and emotional support to the residents of the 24 apartment homes that were lost. Additionally, OU’s Housing and Residence Life will work with the students, faculty and staff member affected by the fire, while the American Red Cross will continue to assist the rest of Building 12’s residents.

We would like to recognize Wallick team members Rowe Shockley, Layne Hurst, Mitch Rubin, Ashley Castle and others for their quick actions.

We would also like to thank Ohio University, American Red Cross of Southeast Ohio, the Athens Fire Department and everyone else who tirelessly helped during this time of need. We will keep those affected by the fire at Carriage Hill in our thoughts, as we continue to assess damages and plan for the future.

Amy Albery and Bill Hinga Represent Wallick Communities at Annual Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition Meeting

At the end of January, Amy Albery, Senior Vice President, Asset Management, and Senior Vice President Bill Hinga represented Wallick Communities at the annual Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC) meeting.

 

The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition is a trade organization made up of developers, investors, lenders, and for-profit and nonprofit attorneys and accountants, who use legislative outreach and education to advocate for affordable rental housing, financed through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit). The Housing Credit is a public-private partnership that addresses the nation’s affordable housing needs. Since 1986, the Housing Credit program has financed nearly 3 million low-income units nationwide for families, seniors, veterans, and those with special needs. Over 128,000 of those units are located in Ohio.

 

On the meeting’s first day, Amy served as a panel member for the session “Promoting the Housing Credit in the New Congress and Administration”. During the discussion, she described the strategy behind Wallick’s grand re-openings of tax credit communities and the efforts used to attract Congressional members to participate in these events. The photo above, shows Amy Albery along with a presentation depicting U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan, of Ohio’s 4th District, at Fostoria Townhomes.

 

“During grand re-opening events, the inclusion of all business partners, who worked together to make these communities a reality, is the most successful way of fully explaining the importance of affordable housing to federal representatives. It’s about creating a story, that ends with a resident settling into their new home.”

 — Amy Albery, SVP of Asset Management

 

The AHTCC annual meeting covered several other relevant topics as well, such as the latest issues impacting tax credit investors, how the outcome of the election could affect the Housing Credit program, and how to handle challenging questions from members of Congress, media and other sources.

If you would like to learn more about the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, please visit www.taxcreditcoalition.org.

Thank you Amy Albery and Bill Hinga for representing Wallick Communities at the AHTCC annual meeting. All of your efforts and dedication toward advocacy are greatly appreciated.

Mothers of Roll Hill Community Come Together to Tackle Infant Mortality in Hamilton County

On February 13, the Villages at Roll Hill opened the doors of their community room to nonprofit organization, Cradle Cincinnati, to assist with the creation of billboards promoting safe sleeping habits for infants. Cradle Cincinnati nurses, staff from children’s hospital and mothers from Roll Hill all came together to develop these billboards, which will be placed in 52 neighborhoods across Hamilton County.

Cradle Cincinnati is a nonprofit organization funded by the Hamilton County Health Department. The program began 3 years ago, when Hamilton County was rated as one of the United States’ 231 counties with the highest infant mortality rate. On average, for every 1,000 live births in Hamilton County, around 9 infants do not survive to see their first birthday. To achieve their goal of decreasing the infant mortality rate in Hamilton County, Cradle Cincinnati focuses on promoting safe sleeping arrangements for babies, reducing tobacco use and other substance abuse during pregnancy and encouraging the expansion of time between each woman’s pregnancy to prevent prematurity. The Villages at Roll Hill were one of the very first communities to welcome Cradle Cincinnati, when the program first started. Roll Hill will continue to work with Cradle Cincinnati by hosting educational monthly workshops at their community.

Cradle Cincinnati also works to provide pack n’ plays, so mothers and fathers-to-be can setup a safe sleeping space for their baby. The organization operates a diaper bank as well, which distributes diapers to community centers across Hamilton County and even delivers diapers straight to the homes of parents.

If you would like to learn more about Cradle Cincinnati, please visit www.cradlecincinnati.org. Thank you to everyone who participated in the creation of the billboards. Your efforts to promote the wellness and safety of infants are greatly appreciated.

Also, if you are in the Cincinnati area, don’t forget to look out for the Safe Sleep Billboards that will be located in the following areas from March 6 to April 2.

  • Central Parkway & Western Hills Viaduct
  • Hopple & Beekman Street
  • Ashtree Drive & Hamilton Avenue
  • Este & Center Hill Avenue
  • Mehring Way & Freeman Avenue
  • Colerain Avenue & Elmore Street
  • Hamilton & Roosevelt Avenue
  • Montgomery & Smith Road
  • Colerain & Compton Road
  • Crookshank Road & Glenway Avenue

Grand Re-Opening and Renovations of Taylor Ridge Apartments

Independence KY – Federal, state and local officials and development partners gathered on Thursday to cut the ceremonial ribbon at Taylor Ridge, an affordable apartment community in Independence, Kentucky.

Attendees included: Shane Noem on behalf of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell; Chris Moriconi, Independence City Administrator; Howard Wallick, Co-Owner of Wallick Communities; Jeremy Ratliff, Managing Director of Multifamily Program at Kentucky Housing Corp.; Stephanie Brown, Vice President of City Real Estate Advisors; Jeffery Banker, Vice President, Lancaster Pollard; and Kevin Donovan, Vice President, Fifth-Third Bank.

The $14 million rehabilitation includes energy efficiency improvements throughout; new kitchen cabinets, countertops and appliances; new bathroom vanities, cabinets and flooring; new patios, sidewalks and landscaping; new ENERGY STAR® windows and roof system; new bus shelter and playground equipment; new picnic patio area and new community room with kitchen and computer center.

“The Taylor Ridge renovation represents a reinvestment in the community and a commitment that the residents of Taylor Ridge, and families in the Independence area, continue to have decent, safe, affordable housing,” said Wallick.

Taylor Ridge consist of 99 units of project-based Section 8 Housing. The property was originally built in 1982. The project was financed through federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, administered by the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

The Housing Credit is the primary source of financing in the country for creating affordable housing opportunities. The program provides tax incentives for private companies to develop, preserve and invest in affordable rental housing. In exchange for the credits, the property must remain affordable and available to households at or below 60% of the area median income.

Grand Re-Opening and Renovations of Falcon Woods

Holland, MI – U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga and other federal, state and local officials gathered today to commemorate the renovation of Falcon Woods, an affordable apartment community in Holland, Michigan.

Along with Representative Huizenga, attendees included: representatives for Senator Gary Peters and Senator Debbie Stabenow; Kevin Elsenheimer, Executive Director of Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA); Al Vanderberg, Ottawa County Administrator; Vince Bush, Holland Charter Township Treasurer; Michael Murray, Senior Vice President of City Real Estate Advisors; and Howard Wallick, Co-Owner of Wallick Communities.

“MSHDA is proud to provide financing toward this renovation and expect these changes will contribute greatly to a better quality of life for the individuals and families who call Falcon Woods home,” Elsenheimer said. The $5.5 million rehabilitation included new siding, roofing, windows and doors; new bathroom and kitchen fixtures and appliances, new playground, landscaping and parking lot, and energy-efficient improvements throughout.

The project was financed through federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, HOME funds, MSHDA Preservation Fund and MSHDA permanent debt financing.

“The Falcon Woods renovation represents a reinvestment in the community and a commitment that the residents of Falcon Woods, and families in the Holland area, continue to have decent, safe, affordable housing,” said Wallick.

Falcon Woods consists of 144 units in 18 buildings. The property was originally developed using Housing Credits in 1995. Wallick Communities acquired the property in 2011, and was awarded Housing Credits to renovate the property in 2014. Partners in the project include: Wallick Communities, MSHDA, City Real Estate Advisors and Hooker De Jong.

Wallick Receives Housing Credits for 3 Kentucky Communities

This spring, Wallick Communities received $1.2 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the Kentucky Housing Corporation to rehabilitate three of our apartment communities in Kentucky. This is the first time Wallick has been awarded three deals from Kentucky in the same round.

The communities that will be rehabbed include:
Bedford Village – 40 apartments in Bedford, KY
Locust Ridge – 72 apartments in Dry Ridge, KY
Highpoint – 44 apartments for seniors in Ludlow, KY

These awards exemplify Wallick’s commitment to reinvesting in our communities and improving living standards for our residents.

Great job to Bonnie Harbage, Matt Shoemacher, Alexis Dunfee and others who committed time and effort into structuring these deals and putting these applications together.

Wallick Adds 10 Columbus MHA Properties to Management Portfolio

Earlier this month, Wallick Communities began providing property management services for ten Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) communities.

Wallick was one of seven companies competing for the contract, acquiring 2/3 of the total business available. We are very excited to be partnering with CMHA and look forward to a long and successful relationship. The CMHA properties add 969 units to our management portfolio, and we are pleased to welcome 24 new employees. The new communities include:

  • Eastmoor Square, 53 units
  • Glenview Estates, 50 units
  • Indian Meadows, 72 units
  • Kenmore Square, 56 units
  • Ohio Townhouses, 80 units
  • Post Oak Station, 148 units
  • Rosewind, 230 units (pictured above)
  • The Meadows, 95 units
  • Thornwood Commons, 86 units
  • Worley Terrace, 100 units

Words of Inspiration: CEO Tom Feusse Addresses Ohio Housing Conference Attendees

This week, a record number of nearly 1,700 industry professionals attended the Ohio Housing Conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. At the opening session on Tuesday, Wallick Communities CEO Tom Feusse kicked off the day with a few inspirational words about the future of our industry, encouraged attendees to continue to make a difference, and revealed that Wallick Communities will celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2016. “In 1966, Jack Wallick formed our company, along with his business partner Sandy Goldston. He did so because he decided to take on the liabilities of a defunct, out-of-state contractor, even though he was not obligated to. He did so because he felt it was the right thing to do,” said Tom. “Today, 50 years later, we still work to do the right thing. It doesn’t just speak to the values of Wallick, but it speaks to the values of our industry.”

Wallick Communities was well represented at the conference. Senior Vice President of Asset Management Amy Albery participated in a panel discussion, A Comprehensive Analysis of Housing Credit Portfolio Trends; Vice President of Development Nicole Boyer moderated a PP&D Funding Programs panel; and Resident Resources Executive Director Shon Burch (formerly Bunkley) shared her story of triumph on a panel, 9:9 Stories.

Heart of Service: Holiday Help

Earlier this week, Wallick Communities volunteers provided dinner to nearly 100 residents, provided families with Kroger gift cards, and handed out gift bags filled with hats, gloves and scarves to all children in attendance. Several items were also raffled off to families, including a vacuum cleaner, microwave, crockpot, pots and pans, dishes, and Tupperware. Santa greeted all children and fun was had by all.

Also last week, volunteers participated in the Holiday Clearing House 2015 for People in Need, Inc. of Delaware County, which is a private, not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) agency dedicated to providing emergency assistance to Delaware County residents. Volunteers of the event sorted and organized food, clothing and toys for later distribution to families in need and senior and disabled homebound residents.

Wallick Communities is committed to serving all our residents. Through the act of volunteering, our communities are strengthened, our neighbors uplifted, and our associates embrace an attitude and a heart of service.

Local Nonprofits Benefit from Ramada Purchase

Imagine purchasing a hotel that is to be repurposed and having to figure out what to do with the contents of its 150 fully furnished rooms, lobby and restaurant.

Wallick contemplated hiring a company to take everything away but then devised a more creative solution: donate these items to area nonprofits.

This week and next, Wallick will distribute hundreds of items—beds, linens, towels, furniture, appliances and more—to four local charities.

Wallick’s Heart of Service Committee coordinated the effort. Heart of Service is an associate-led group tasked with engaging the company’s associates in giving through service.

Wallick Communities — Finalist for Business First Best Places to Work Award

Two of Wallick Communities’ most important, ongoing business goals are to be a great place to live for our residents and a great place to work for our associates.

We are proud to be named a finalist for Business First newspaper’s “Best Places to Work” in the mid-size business category for the third year in a row. This recognizes the top companies in Central Ohio based on confidential employee satisfaction surveys.