Hank Evans is an award-winning community volunteer who has joined Homeport’s board in support of its mission of providing affordable, safe, quality housing. The winner of the Community Hero Award from Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Mr. Evans is the co-founder and vice president of the Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Inc. (GCCHH), a nonprofit community service organization providing scholarships and tools to help youth succeed in their college and career journey.
Before retiring, Mr. Evans was a state government administrator who developed and implemented department programs that ensured compliance of EEO/Affirmative Action laws. During his career, Hank served in many leadership positions in personnel, community relations and business management. He is a recipient of the Defense Federal Community’s Carter G. Woodson Award representing the Central Ohio Community at Large for outstanding contributions. He has been and continues to serve as a community volunteer, providing leadership, mentoring and service with emphasis on enhancing opportunities for quality education for youth and young adults.
In addition to his involvement at Homeport, Mr. Evans is a member of the King Arts Complex, The Columbus Urban League, Wexner Center for the Arts, New Salem Missionary Baptist Church and a life member of the NAACP.
Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission?
Safe affordable housing is a key necessity to fight the effect of dilapidated and vacant homes such as house fires, drugs and crime. We should spend our money revitalizing neighborhoods and creating safer, affordable housing.
What would you tell a friend who was considering getting involved with Homeport as a donor or volunteer?
A potential supporter of Homeport need only take a tour of the properties and the neighborhoods to see the positive combined efforts of so many partners. They will hear residents speak a special language of love for our community.
What do you feel is the most critical aspect of affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio?
The quality of housing that children live in is a city, state and national problem. Children living in dilapidated housing have lower average reading and math scores than their peers and more social and behavior problems that often fail to improve over the years.