More Home Building, Resident Services, Employee Training In 2018
If you recently drove down St. Clair near Fifth in Milo Grogan you would have heard whirring drills and pounding hammers echoing off future homes. Further east in Whitehall, trucks and cars could be heard delivering personal items for seniors moving into a new three-story apartment building.
In both instances, the “noise” from 33 homes in Milo and 64 apartments at our newly opened Hamilton Crossing in Whitehall was music to our ears. And it is our goal to be even louder in 2018.
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Victorian Heritage Dedication
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What: TIPS for a CAUSE at NURTUR Aveda Salon benefitting Homeport
Where: UA, Grandview, & Brewery District locations
June 21, 2017
What: Rusty Bucket Dine 'n Donate
Where: Easton Town Center
July 30, 2017
What: 2017 Homeport Young Professionals Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament - Register today!
Where: Woodland's Backyard
October 10, 2017
Big Give 2017
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October 19, 2017
What: Homeport's Voice & Vision
30th Anniversary Celebration
Where: St Charles Preparatory School
Photos & Videos
November 29, 2017
What: Milo-Grogan Revitalization Kick-off
Where: Milo-Grogan Neighborhood
Columbus and Central Ohio continues to grow, and with it a demand for both affordable and workforce housing. It will be done by ourselves and with partners, both with or without Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the longtime funding workhorse of our industry.
Closing the gap in the affordable housing shortfall remains our No. 1 strategic objective. The year 2018 should bring construction of 30 apartments in Reynoldsburg and nine houses in American Addition where the city of Columbus has invested millions in infrastructure. There are also plans in the works for two other non-tax credit funded developments. We have been active talking to developers to do things together.
Besides construction, we intend on doubling down on services we provide our more than 5,700 residents in now 33 communities throughout Central Ohio.
Resident services enhance the chances of family, financial and community stability. It leads to jobs, better health and improved economic conditions as well as financial education. It is an area that separates us from other home providers.
In 2018, we expect to add Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus afterschool programming at our Georges Creek community, offer discounted YMCA family memberships, and survey the health needs of our residents with support from Ohio State’s colleges of public health and social work.
Residents who attended a NeighborWorks national community leadership institute conference in 2017 will be leading efforts in 2018 to bring residents together from their Duxberry Landing and Marsh Run communities.
To enhance the likelihood of success in building homes and resident services, we must be a high-performing, financially strong organization. That means investing in functional training and leadership skills of our employees. Bottom line: we want to be a great place to work and unlike many non-profits, we have the means to make it happen.
Join us in the mission of creating affordable and workforce housing. At the end of day, we are staying on focus. What we are doing is turning up the volume.
“Homeport is a big family of smart and kind people who make work fun, even when it is difficult.”
From “green design” home construction, to fun after school activities, and a bus tour, May was a busy month recognizing and showcasing Homeport’s commitment to its residents.
Following Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing’s annual partnership luncheon, OCCH President and CEO Emeritus Hal Keller spoke to the future relationship of OCCH and Homeport and the needs for affordable housing.
“This certainly helps in our goal of closing the housing gap to reduce the number of individuals and families paying a disproportionate amount of their income for rent.”
Success story Maggie Parks returned to Homeport to record a television testimonial about how she learned to budget, save, build credit — and become a homeowner — all in six months.
“Columbus has been fortunate to attract new business and residents, but the costs and availability of housing have significantly outpaced wage growth.”
Read Homeport Happenings to learn more about the Columbus bond issue, Homeport’s award-winning energy efficient building standards, and financial support for Homeport’s home buyer education opportunities.
Watch the video, see photos from Homeport’s second annual Senior Prom that this year carried a “Hollywood” theme. Three OSU College of Social Work students interning at Homeport were primarily responsible for planning the event.
“Savings plan start-ups vary. For some, it might start with a surge of cash, like an inheritance or a refund from income tax filings. For most folks, savings comes at a grinding, consistent pace.”
Watch and listen to the CU Live interview of Homeport Real Estate Development Vice President Leah Evans on the importance of affordable housing and what the organization is doing to address it.
“I am eager to help Homeport continue its mission and expand its development activity. The availability of quality housing for everyone is a cornerstone of a true community.”
Placing workers close to their jobs, meeting the growing population of seniors, redevelopment of older neighborhoods and helping suburban communities address affordable housing shortfalls is keeping Homeport busy.
Read Homeport Happenings to learn how the Strengthening Communities Bus Tour keeps rolling, that the ‘Senior Prom’ for Homeport’s senior citizens has returned, and that one of Homeport’s executives was a panel member in a highly-attended Columbus Metropolitan Club discussion on affordable housing.
Watch video to hear how land clearing is underway and construction will soon begin on Homeport’s 28-unit, three-story apartment building in Grove City being built in partnership with Spire Development.
Income tax refunds have the potential to build a nest egg for future achievements, like buying a home. Call Homeport to overcome roadblocks and create such a plan.
“I am . . . excited about the opportunity and choice I made to be a part of such a great cause, as well as meeting and working with such talented and passionate staff.”
Homeport hits United Way drive goal, receives award for energy efficiency homes and is featured in series on affordable housing by WOSU radio.
“The Homeport project is just one part of the redevelopment plan that will potentially set the groundwork for the future of Linden.”
Milo-Grogan homeowners have seen repairs or replacement of roofs, handrails, gutters, sidewalks, fences, windows, front and screen doors, wheelchair ramps and parking pads thanks to many community partners and investors -- public, private and non-profit.
“Affordable housing . . . reduces stress, toxins, and infectious disease, which leads to improvement in both physical and mental health.”
By investing a portion of Affordable Housing Trust funds to fill the gap between value and cost of new or rehabilitated housing, the Trust can raise market values, stimulate private development, and contribute to neighborhood revitalization.
M/I Homes has been an active supporter of numerous charitable and civic organizations throughout Central Ohio. In 1987, with M/I Co-Founder Irving Schottenstein’s vision and leadership, the non-profit organization now known as Homeport was created.
Hop aboard the Homeport bus; After school program teaches science, careers; Major area employer recognizes Executive VP for work with Homeport, and more.
“The expansion of the Hamilton Crossing senior community is necessary due to demand. And the new workforce community serves a growing need for quality, reasonably cost housing.”
The Easton Community Foundation has selected Homeport and five other community organizations for its 2019 “Change for Charity” program. Homeport will receive funds collected in September and October from parking meters and parking tickets at Easton Town Center.
“COCIC will continue to contribute to affordable housing initiatives by focusing on the reuse and stabilization of existing affordable housing units and creating new housing stock for long term, permanent, affordable housing opportunities. “
“There is high value in continuing education and training to perform the best that we can and to impact our communities with innovative and research-supported methods.”
“There is a definitive need to meet the affordable housing gap as it exists today and in the future. We have work to do. We can’t afford to let down.”
Whether they wore an ugly sweater or stroked a golf ball, Homeport’s partners came through with grants and donations in December. Read Homeport Happenings to learn who did what, and what you can do in 2019 to support our affordable housing mission.
Homeport offers classes and one on one counseling on financial matters right up to purchasing a home. Listen to Homeport Senior Counseling Advisor Layden Hale on the topic of saving and budgeting in an interview he had with WTTE Fox 28’s Good Day Marketplace’s award-winning reporter Cameron Fontana.