Whitley Crossings provides not just a house but a home

A home can be hard to come by and harder to hang on to in current economic times. If your resources are limited, and/or if you have particular challenges, Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation exists to help you find affordable housing.For folks willing to partner with Whitley Crossings to maintain responsibility of their home and themselves; participate in learning about personal finances, home maintenance, and being a good neighbor; and focus on like goals for home ownership, Whitley Crossings may be the vehicle for them to reach that goal.While their mission is as far-reaching as all of northeastern Indiana, Whitley Crossings offers housing in three different locations around Columbia City. The historic Clugston apartments, on Chauncey Street, directly west of the courthouse, boast 22 units for those 55 or older. Ten-foot ceilings, rosettes carved in the baseboards, and engraved doorknobs are just a few of the before-our-time touches adding to the charm of the Clugston.Twenty-one additional apartments with an updated flair and countryside view are the Whitley Meadows just off of Hanna Street. If you are looking for a home that is just the right size — easy to clean, minimal upkeep, and efficient to heat or cool — this might be what you need.Heritage Place, north of town and south of Airport Road, has 22 clean, crisp, roomy, single-family homes. Homes are on a lease purchase agreement where residents lease the home for 15 years with the opportunity to purchase at the end the term. Whitley Crossings strives to transition out of home ownership and turn that over to the residents who have proven to be responsible homeowners, neighbors and Columbia City residents.While the homes in Heritage Place are full, Whitley Crossings is always taking applications and has a waiting list for the Heritage Place homes. Whitley Meadows and the Clugston currently have some vacancies. Look for news later this month or in September for an open house.If you have more questions about income requirements or the application process, call Tammy Nicholson, Housing Manager, at the Passages, Inc. office at 244-7688 or e-mail tnickolson@passagesinc.org.