Homeport Recognized for Excellence in Affordable Senior Housing

Columbus, OH—The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), a nonprofit financial intermediary based in Columbus, hosted 700 affordable housing partners at its annual Partner Luncheon May 23rd at the Columbus Renaissance Hotel.

The Partner Luncheon recognizes the many investors, developers, lenders, management companies, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and government entities that partner with OCCH in the development of affordable housing in Ohio.

“We are proud to partner with the many outstanding organizations represented here today,” said Hal Keller, OCCH President. “Through their partnerships, OCCH has raised more than $2.5 billion in investment in affordable housing, creating more than 30,000 affordable units in Ohio and Kentucky.  With our partners, we are able to accomplish our unified goal of housing working families, seniors, special needs populations, and anyone seeking quality affordable housing.”

OCCH’s Jack Kukura, Chief of Acquisitions and Tony DiBlasi, Chief of Asset Management presented the 2013 Excellence in Affordable Senior Housing Award to Elim Manor.  Partners recognized in the project include: Homeport; Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority; First Church of God; Wallick Properties Midwest, LLC; Berardi + Partners, Inc.; and Miles-McClellan.

The Elim Manor senior community consists of 98 accessible apartment homes meeting Universal Design and Visitability standards, and features an emergency-call system and secured entry for the safety of the residents.  Community space was specifically designed with seniors in mind including areas to mingle and recreate in lobbies, community rooms, and space for exercise and additional activities. 

George Tabit, Vice President of Real Estate Development at Homeport, was honored to accept the award on behalf of the organization.  “Receiving the award was a true delight, and a great recognition of the hard work of the development team,” said Tabit.  “Elim Manor was technically challenging, and faced numerous obstacles during the development phase.  But our partners love what they do and believe in the mission.  In the end, everyone understands the need for this kind of housing.  We all have a special older person in our lives, and for any of us I believe the measure of success is could we see that person living here.”

Since 2008, Homeport has developed 164 senior housing units with 32 additional units starting construction next year.  With the aging population and growing poverty of seniors in our community, Homeport recognizes the importance of aging in place.  Seniors living in Homeport’s service-enriched affordable homes have access to resources vital to their health and wellbeing. 

For the past 25 years, Homeport has focused its efforts on stabilizing communities and making housing more affordable in Central Ohio.  Homeport has provided homes and related services for over 27,000 families.  In addition to providing families a place to call home, their Community Life Programs and Housing Advisory Center address the underlying social and economic needs facing individuals and families within our neighborhoods.  

Homeport is a private non-profit organization whose mission it is to create and preserve healthy, stable and affordable communities, one neighborhood, one person at a time by:

  • Developing quality and energy efficient homes
  • Providing consistent and transformative education and services to address each resident’s unique barriers to, and opportunities for, success
  • Involving and empowering residents
  • Focusing on community revitalization
  • Creating strong and fruitful collaborations

For more information, please visit: www.homeportohio.org.