Franklinton Urban Empowerment Lab (FUEL), formerly known as Franklinton Development Association, has been in business for 26 years as a community development corporation. The non-profit started as a board-led organization that aimed to create affordable homeownership opportunities in Franklinton. To provide increased housing stability, FUEL has increased its development of affordable rental housing in recent years. Residents of Franklinton look to FUEL for various forms of affordable housing units. In the past few years, FUEL has started expanding their outreach into the neighborhood by working with other organizations, implementing economic development and education initiatives, and creating programs to increase self-sufficiency in the residents of Franklinton.
In June 2014, the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force ended its 6-month process with the release of its final report to the residents of Franklin County. In it were eight recommendations to reduce the community’s alarming infant mortality rate by 40 percent and cut the racial health disparity gap in half by 2020. CelebrateOne was created in November 2014 to carry out the Task Force’s recommendations and ensure Franklin County meets its ambitious goal. CelebrateOne believes that every baby deserves to celebrate his or her first birthday.
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