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.
THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING OUR THIRTIETH YEAR WITH US
April 26, 2017
How to position yourself to be President & CEO, Insights from Bruce Luecke
May 1, 2017
Victorian Heritage Dedication
May 17, 2017
The Big Table
May 17, 2017
June 2017 (all month)
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
The Columbus Foundation
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 committed to building energy efficient homes, allowing residents to plow savings into other needs or to save. The commitment to energy efficiency has resulted in Homeport being featured in a video produced for Columbia Gas of Ohio.
“It was important for me to grab my mother, to come with me. She wasn’t thinking about buying it. I kept saying, ‘It makes sense. Take advantage of what is available.’”
From cold construction sites to the hot lights of television studios, Homeport had a busy November. Read about it in Homeport Happenings.
“Our company creed, written in 1934, still rings true today. ‘Our company is part of the communities we serve. We prosper only as the community prospers so we help it thrive in every way we can.’”
“The Holiday Season is a period when many may be feeling blue, especially if reliving the loss of a close loved one or feeling the pain of being alone. It is why I want to help others by sharing my thoughts.”
“What I am most proud of is getting to be a part of a team helping people access and author a better, truer story about themselves, their families and our community.”
Helping close the gap on affordable housing in Central Ohio, Homeport is about to construct 30 apartments in Reynoldsburg near a park, high school, jobs and a YMCA. Watch the video and get a sneak peak what Blacklick Crossing will look like.
From podcast to pumpkins to inaugurating a special award, October was another busy month at Homeport.
Homebuyers are coming to Homeport to get ready for the home buying process. Watch a segment from Good Day Marketplace to learn more about our homebuyer education, home readiness workshops and down payment assistance services.
Rev. John Edgar, a founding Board member of Homeport, received Homeport’s annual Voice & Vision award on Oct. 18 for devoting his adult life to safe, affordable housing for families of moderate income. Click through to enjoy photos from this wonderful program — and learn about next year’s.
“Our goal at Homeport is to help you use your money to achieve your goals, including homeownership.”
“If I can just provide one different idea or perspective that helps the Board advance Homeport’s mission, I will call that a success.”
“Through our participation of the conference with our residents we are supporting, empowering and enriching their lives and communities.”
Read about Homeport’s new VP of Real Estate, a Congressional visit to a Homeport homebuyer and a resident getting her ‘White Coat.’
“While we adopted a new strategic plan only two years ago, reviewing priorities is good for us and sends a message that we are a dynamic organization; not static.”
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson visited a newly built Homeport lease-option home in Milo-Grogan as well as Homeport’s Elim Manor senior community on Sept. 7.
“I wanted more and I wanted better. I had a goal, a mission and I was going to get it.”
“Addressing housing affordability will require creative ideas and strong partnerships by all parties to solve the need in Columbus and Central Ohio.”
“Before families move into the home, LEED standards require thorough on-site inspections with detailed documentation to ensure the health and safety of the residents.”
Read Homeport Happenings to learn about ‘The Big Table,’ picnic tables, ‘Draft Day’ and more.
Homeport’s 2018 Voice & Vision honoree is Rev. John Edgar, an original Homeport Board of Directors member in 1987. Listen to his fascinating recollection of how people from different backgrounds and perspectives came together in support of affordable housing.
“We need more affordable rental housing for low-income people. Governmental shifts supporting housing tax credits and low-income programs have made it increasingly difficult to entice housing developers to build affordable housing.”
“One key component of Fifth Third’s Community Commitment is investing in affordable housing. Through our commitment and partnerships with agencies like Homeport, we are making homeownership a reality for many who never thought owning a home would be possible.”
Joyce Mayne, through Homeport's "lease option" program, became a first-time homeowner on July 31, 2018 — just in time for her 75th birthday. Watch the video to learn what it means to her.
Historic American Addition in Northeast Columbus is undergoing a revitalization thanks to new homes being constructed by Homeport with support from the city of Columbus and other partners. Summer 2018, nine new homes are going up.
Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown, state Rep. Hearcel Craig and Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard were among the many dignitaries who spoke on July 27 at the Hamilton Crossing ribbon cutting. See photos from the program here.
Celebrations, ice cream, flowers and more. July was a hot month at Homeport.
“There’s something really special about connecting the experience of purchasing your own home with helping others find a safe home of their own.”
In 1987, Columbus REALTORS®, led by past Presidents Bob Weiler, Don Kelley and Max Holzer, joined officials from Franklin County, the city of Columbus and private companies to create the Columbus Neighborhood Partnership, later known as the Columbus Housing Partnership, and today as Homeport.
Homeport’s commitment to fun, personal growth and mind-stretching activities for its resident children was in full force this summer. Field trips included COSI, Columbus Zoo, and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.