Community based management empowering residents

Community Properties of Ohio is an affiliate of Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, a non-profit financial intermediary of Low Income Housing Tax Credits. CPO currently manages over 2,900 units of affordable housing in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio.

Our Story

Community Properties of Ohio

In 2003, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) acquired the largest portfolio of scattered site project-based Section 8 rental housing in the nation. With 250 buildings across seven inner-city Columbus neighborhoods, these units had historically struggled with poor maintenance, high crime, and residents living in severe poverty with limited social and financial resources. OCCH became involved with this portfolio at the request of Campus Partners for Urban Redevelopment, an affiliate of The Ohio State University. Campus Partners was concerned about the high concentration of dilapidated units in the portfolio located in Weinland Park, the neighborhood adjacent to the university, and had secured an agreement with the previous owners. On April 23, 2003 OCCH purchased the existing for-profit management company and transformed it into the mission-oriented Community Properties of Ohio Management Services (CPO Management).

1,033
Affordable Rental Units
7
Inner-City Neighborhoods
$133
Million Rehabilitation
9
Phase Redevelopment Plan

Community Partnership

In partnership with a number of community organizations, and with the active support of federal, state, county and the local government, OCCH implemented the “Community Properties Initiative”– a $133 million, nine-phase redevelopment plan–rehabilitating 1,033 units of affordable rental housing in Columbus, OH. The rehabilitation initiative, begun in 2004 and completed in 2009, involved physical rehabilitation of units, with particular attention to the historic preservation elements of the buildings. Also essential to the initiative was an aggressive “Eliminate the Elements” safety program, supportive services, strict lease compliance and re-establishment of trust and accountability between residents and property management. Gratefully, neighborhood groups once critical of the portfolio now view the CPO initiative as an important element of stabilizing our communities.

What we do

empowering residents

Community Properties of Ohio is a management company that is dedicated to meeting the needs of residents and the community. Through our 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, Community Properties Impact Corporation (CPO Impact), we link residents to community resources to help stabilize their lives. Community Properties of Ohio believes in partnering with residents to strengthen families and communities through supportive service coordination. Guided by a vision to become a model of affordable housing management, Community Properties of Ohio is investing in changing the physical and social landscape of our neighborhoods and empowering residents to lead successful, productive lives.

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Community Properties of Ohio

our history

  • 2003

    Founded by Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing in April 2003

  • 2004

    Began $133 million, 9-phase rehabilitation of CPO housing portfolio (1,033 units), including temporary relocation of residents

  • 2005

    Integrated a Supportive Services model to begin delivering holistic services for residents

    Received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” by the US Conference of Mayors

  • 2006

    Received “Outstanding Group” award from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation

  • 2007

    Established CPO Impact, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arm to support & raise funds for resident service initiatives

  • 2008

    Received “James B. Recchie Design” award for innovation in rehabilitating Section 8 properties

  • 2009

    Completed 9-phase rehabilitation of original housing portfolio

  • 2010

    Received “Award of Merit” from the Ohio Historical Society

    Received the “Community Service” award from the Leopold W. Berhardt Foundation

  • 2011

    Received the 2011 “Honor Award” from the National Trust for Historic Preservation

  • 2012

    Developed and opened Columbus Scholar House (Phase I) in partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

  • 2013

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation selected Community Properties of Ohio as one of 5 organizations to lead the “Family Centered Community Change Initiative” in Weinland Park.

  • 2014

    Earned the “Community of Quality” designation from National Affordable Housing Management Association for the original Community Properties of Ohio housing portfolio

  • 2015

    Received the “Visionary Housing Honoree” award from the National Housing Conference

  • 2016

    Opened Future Scholars Early Learning Center (operated by the YMCA) to provide childcare for Community Properties of Ohio families

    Named one of “Top 5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2016” by The Columbus Foundation

  • 2017

    Chad Ketler named new President and CEO of Community Properties of Ohio

    Developed and opened Columbus Scholar House (Phase II) in partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

    Received “Award for Excellence in Historic Revitalization” by the Near East Area Commission

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Our Team

Chad Ketler

President & CEO

Mr. Ketler has been with Community Properties of Ohio since its inception in April 2003. He is currently President & CEO of Community Properties of Ohio , an affiliate of Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH). Mr. Ketler is responsible for directing all facets of the organization including financial management, operations and business development.

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Halle Pelger

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Pelger joined Community Properties of Ohio in 2015 and has worked in various capacities within the organization. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for the oversight and coordination of day-to-day operations of Property Management, Compliance, Maintenance, Marketing and Communications.

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Barry Stayer

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Stayer joined Community Properties of Ohio in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. He provides asset management level oversight and financial projections as well as overseeing all day-to-day operations of the accounting department. He has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience in the non-profit, public, and affordable housing industry.

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Sharon Pheifer

Chief Analytics Officer

Ms. Pheifer joined Community Properties of Ohio in 2006 as Controller. She was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2011, and then to Chief Analytics Officer in 2013. She is responsible for analyzing financial and operational data and preparing reports and projections based on the data, and for providing technical leadership and expertise in the areas of HUD, LIHTC, real estate asset management and contract management.

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Regina Clemons

Chief Program Officer

Ms. Clemons joined Community Properties of Ohio in 2016 and is responsible for providing leadership to our resident service division, CPO Impact. She applies her expertise in quality assurance management and fiscal responsive expertise to seek highly-successful and cost-controlled results.

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Dr. David Campbell

Organizational Development Consultant

Dr. Campbell initially worked with Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) as a consultant on due diligence and acquisition of the original 1,385 units of the Community Properties of Ohio portfolio. In 2004, he became the Chief of Staff for Community Properties of Ohio with primary responsibility of implementing management systems and processes needed to build a customer-focused, mission-driven culture of continuous improvement.

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Dana Novotny

Senior Regional Property Manager

Ms. Novotny joined Community Properties of Ohio in 2017 as the Senior Regional Manager. She provides leadership across all Property Management business teams including day-to-day operations, training, coaching and customer experience. She brings over 13 years of sales, marketing, training & development, public relations and communications experience in real estate and new home construction to CPO.

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Matthew Nash

Maintenance Manager

Mr. Nash joined Community Properties of Ohio in 2018 as Maintenance Manager. He is responsible for the oversight of maintenance operations of the organization. He leads a team of skilled technicians by organizing and prioritizing maintenance needs across CPO’s housing portfolio.

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Rod Suman

IT Manager

Mr. Suman joined Community Properties of Ohio in 2014 and has more than 25 years of experience in Information Technology field in both the public and private sectors. The primary focus throughout his career has been improving the efficiency of business processes through the management, architecture and engineering of large scale technology solutions.

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Sarah Lewis

Marketing & Communications Manager

Ms. Lewis joined Community Properties of Ohio in December, 2009 and was promoted to Marketing & Communications Manager in August 2012. She collaborates with internal and external customers to ensure all communication strategies and messages are aligned with business objectives. She brings over 19 years’ experience in residential, retail and multifamily real estate.

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Angela Bryan-Walker

Compliance Manager

Mrs. Bryan-Walker joined Community Properties of Ohio in 2018 as the Compliance Manager. She is responsible for ensuring compliance with Fair Housing and Section 504 laws, and all affordable housing program regulations including HUD 50059 and RAD, Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), HOME, and others. She oversees the Compliance Team made up of specialists in Leasing, Recertification, and Compliance.

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Ted Pearson

Project Manager

Mr. Pearson joined Community Properties of Ohio in 2007 as Maintenance Manager, responsible for the oversight of all maintenance operations of the CPO initiative and third-party scattered-site business teams. He was instrumental in building a strong team of skilled technicians and substantially reducing operating costs.

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Rochelle Goldsmith

Supply Chain Manager

Ms. Goldsmith joined Community Properties of Ohio in August 2014 as the Parts Administrator and was promoted to Supply Chain Manager in 2017. She is currently responsible for the management of CPO’s vendor contracts and inventory management. Ms. Goldsmith has over 12 years’ of experience in the management of supply chain procedure.

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