Create strong communities by developing quality, affordable homes on a cornerstone of dignity, security and opportunity.
Since its inception in 1987, Homeport has given greater security, opportunity and dignity to thousands of low-income people by building quality, affordable homes, primarily financed with private investment leveraged by Federal tax credits. Homeport also develops new and renovated homes designed to catalyze neighborhood revitalization, including market-rate homes, single-family, and lease-to-purchase homes.
In the understanding that providing a roof over someone’s head is only the start of a stronger home, Homeport surrounds its rental communities with comprehensive support to promote long-term stability and health. With the assistance of partners and volunteers, Homeport organizes out-of-school programs, free produce markets, school supply drives, and more for thousands of residents every year.
Homeport also equips thousands of Central Ohioans with the foundational skills needed for successful home ownership. Through group classes and one-on-one coaching, Homeport provides direction and training in key areas such as the home buying process, setting a budget, and avoiding foreclosure, with the goal of providing the tools everyone needs to be long-term stewards of a home.
A range of key local stakeholders established Homeport, including the City of Columbus, The Enterprise Foundation, Columbus REALTORS, The Columbus Foundation, and local religious and private-sector leaders. Homeport has established itself as the largest locally-focused nonprofit producer of affordable housing and related services in the region, and as one of the top fifteen producers of affordable housing in the NeighborWorks® America national network. Read more Homeport history here.
2019 Strategic Priorities
Strategic Priority #1: Close the Affordable Housing Gap
Top priority is to house at least 250 new individuals per year through profitable Low-Income Housing Tax Credit development.
Supplement our tax-credit development projects with profitable workforce-market products that leverage common design, construction and operational practices.
Leverage Homeport’s unique capabilities to assist third parties in developing affordable units and use the returns to supplement our housing development funding.
Continue to work closely with public and private sectors to advocate for an environment that embraces the growth of affordable housing.
Strategic Priority #2: Laser Focus on our Residents
Be the standard for safe, quality, innovative affordable housing development, communities and operations.
Connect residents to community services and assets essential for housing and economic stability.
Prepare our residents and other prospective buyers for successful homeownership by building their confidence and financial literacy.
Be a thought-leader to educate and advocate for our residents’ needs using a fact-based approach.
Strategic Priority #3: Ensure Our Core Purpose Endures
Be fiscally responsible – fund necessary programs/administration through earnings; maintain sufficient capital to fund “close the gap” investments.
Ensure impact and effectiveness - act with intent, clarity and transparency when prioritizing our time, talent and capital.
Promote a high-performance culture characterized by trust, accountability, collaboration, respect and quality using effective, innovative leadership practices.
Continue to build brand awareness focused on the support of our core purpose and business strategy.
Core Values: Trust, Accountability, Collaboration, Respect, Quality
We take pride in the quality of our work. Our reputation is fundamental to what we do.
We care deeply about families—of our employees, clients and community.
We effectively collaborate and respect individual contributions.
We value the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our employees and partners.
We build trust and drive performance through transparent communication.
We rely on measurable analytical data to make informed and timely decisions.
We encourage growth, innovation, and continuous improvement in our employees, programs, and products.
We hold ourselves accountable for our failures and make adaptations to improve performance; We celebrate our successes.
We have fun and work with passion!