Based in Ohio, Craig Hockenberry is a longtime educational leader who achieved transformative results as principal of the Oyler School within the Cincinnati Public Schools. The school Craig Hockenberry helped transition into a community learning center model, continues to have an outsized social impact based on a philosophy that schools are only a success when the surrounding neighborhood succeeds. Among the aspects of wraparound support offered by the Community Learning Center model students and family members are able to access health care, instructional services, social services, and much more. The school has also forged a partnership with Habitat for Humanity that provides a tangible local benefit. One of the recipients was the family of a student who was attending Oyler School. The father of three was living on food stamps and Social Security disability insurance when the family was given a one-month eviction notice. A new owner had taken over an old house with a sewage issue, in a location where violence was a major issue. A volunteer spirit emerged, with the father working with Oyler staff members in building a new home that he could call his own. The result was a $350-a-month rent residence that came with a zero-interest mortgage. The success of this project has led by Oyler to work more closely with Habitat in purchasing seven abandoned houses in the local Lower Price Hill neighborhood. This ongoing project is set to double homeownership rates in a historically underserved neighborhood.
Published: August 04, 2020
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