Weinland Park is a neighborhood of about 4,800 residents located immediately southeast of the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University.
The Weinland Park Collaborative is focused on improving and sustaining the quality of life in Columbus’s Weinland Park neighborhood though renovating housing and providing educational and employment opportunities for existing residents. The collaborative strategy involves coordinated investments over several years in housing, education, employment, public safety, health, civic engagement of the residents, and a careful evaluation of the success of each component and of the overall strategy.
The Columbus Foundation partnered with six other funders to form the Weinland Park Collaborative in 2008. Since then, The Columbus Foundation has invested over $6 million in total financial support to collaborative initiatives including housing stabilization, academic enrichment, crime reduction, and supporting healthy full-term babies, among many other strategies.
The Columbus Foundation has been working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation since 2013 to support a family-centered community change model in Weinland Park to improve the academic attainment of children and remove workforce barriers for care givers of those children to move them into living wage employment. Weinland Park is one of just three neighborhoods nationally to be selected by the Casey Foundation for this work.