Welcome! we’re franklinton urban empowerment lab (FUEL)


We are a non-profit, Community Development Corporation (CDC), Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) in Franklinton, Columbus, Ohio.


Franklinton Urban Empowerment Lab (FUEL), formerly known as Franklinton Development Association (FDA), is a not-for-profit Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) with 26-year history in the Columbus neighborhood of Franklinton. The organization started as a board-led non-profit aimed to create affordable homeownership opportunities in Franklinton. FUEL’s mission has broadened over the years to address the affordability for Franklinton’s renters, who occupy nearly 70% of the homes in the neighborhood, and will face displacement brought on by the changing characteristics of the community. The first strategy is the development of affordable housing for low-to-moderate income individuals and families in Franklinton. The second strategy is to create programming that empowers current residents. The third strategy is to connect residents with available resources in the community through Franklinton.org.