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Light the Way Home is a 12-36 month residentially-based, service-enriched housing program that empowers low to moderate income families to better their financial health, increase positive family interaction, and buy a home or attain market-rate rental housing. The program gives stability and accountability to families with the greatest need, empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and to contribute to the positive development of the Franklinton community.

Light the Way Home primarily serves two populations:
• Graduates of Rachel's House who are seeking family reunification or homeownership
• Low to moderate-income central Ohio families, including those experiencing homelessness

This individualized program provides housing and gives the participant families access to all of the services offered by Lower Lights Ministries. Light the Way Home utilizes a holistic, family-strengthening method, including supportive mentoring, case management, and peer support.

Other services include:

  • Supportive, single-family housing
  • Intensive life coaching and spiritual care
  • Homebuyer education
  • Financial management, education, and mentoring
  • Holistic recovery services (from substance abuse and codependency)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Employment education and career coaching
  • Personal academic tutors (for children and adults)
  • Access to neighborhood and community resources and services


Light the Way Home Process

Intake and Application

An eligible Light the Way Home family must either be a Rachel's House graduate or engage Project AIM supportive services for a minimum of 8 weeks. After prerequisite engagement has been met, applicants file formal application and interview with Program Director. Candidates are accepted pending availability of housing and family readiness.

Orientation Phase (30-90 days)

Residents design service plan and covenant agreement with Light the Way Home Director. In addition to engaging with the Lower Lights community on a regular basis, residents attend quarterly "Community Meetings" of all LWH residents and LLM staff. Topics covered at these meetings include: fire safety, basic home maintenance, childproofing the home, etc.

Phase I (30-120 days)

Residents re-evaluate service plan with Director and make appropriate changes. Residents attend Finance classes, are assigned a Finance Mentor, and establish banking relationship with financial institution of choice. Resident begins to pay monthly program fees ($400/month) and utilities are placed in Resident's name.

Phase II (60-180 days)

Residents maintain a savings of $500, begin credit repair, establish long-term housing goals, and begin asset-building plan. Residents re-evaluate service plan with Director and pay pro-rated water fees.

Phase III (180 days – 2 years)

Residents complete Homeownership Classes (after participating in LWH for one year), maintain a savings of $1200, achieve a credit score above 600, and score a 6 or above (Safe/Stable) in each domain area of the Dynamic Assessment. Residents establish long-term education and employment goals and develop an exit-strategy. After 18 months, residents pay $450 for monthly program fees.

Light the Way Home Current Funding Partners

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The Montei Foundation

Harry C. Moores Foundation 

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