Homeport Happenings -- December 2016

'Sharpened Mission'

Bruce Luecke's elevation from interim to permanent President & CEO has provided a window of opportunity to tell about Homeport's commitment to closing the affordable housing gap. Bruce, on the right, is seen here at an Nov. 18 interview at the downtown office of Columbus Business First with real estate writer Evan Weese. A front page tease to the article on Nov. 25 referred to Homeport's "sharpened mission." Said Bruce:   "We need to continue to grow our business."

Bruce Luecke's elevation from interim to permanent President & CEO has provided a window of opportunity to tell about Homeport's commitment to closing the affordable housing gap. Bruce, on the right, is seen here at an Nov. 18 interview at the downtown office of Columbus Business First with real estate writer Evan Weese. A front page tease to the article on Nov. 25 referred to Homeport's "sharpened mission." Said Bruce:   "We need to continue to grow our business."

YWCA To Honor Homeport Supporter

Hank Evans and Dorothy Cage Evans at Homeport event

Hank Evans and Dorothy Cage Evans at Homeport event

Congratulations are in order for Dorothy Cage Evans for being named one of six Women of Achievement honorees by YWCA Columbus.

Dorothy's Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands program -- that she co-founded in 2010 with her husband Hank, a Homeport Board member -- has helped 250 young adults prepare for and succeed at going off to college.  The students, including 29 from Homeport rental communities, have received laptop computers with Microsoft software and are schooled in "stepping off to college" skills, from learning how to keep a checkbook, to the importance of networking and leadership.


Dorothy will be recognized by the YWCA for this and other work at an April 5, 2017 luncheon at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The luncheon event raises funds for homeless women. Dorothy is a member of the YWCA's 32nd Women of Achievement class. Former Homeport President and CEO Amy Klaben was a Women of Achievement honoree in 2016.
 

New Name -- Same Great 'Resident Services'

Fairs providing free, fresh produce are a popular staple for Homeport residents.

Fairs providing free, fresh produce are a popular staple for Homeport residents.

Whether it's scheduling free fresh fruit and vegetable fairs, or connecting residents to agencies that can provide utility or rent payments, or back to school help, Homeport's "Community Life" staff has a long history of interacting with residents of its 34 communities. In 2015 Homeport served 800 residents over 3,600 times. 

Nothing is changing in that regard. But the staff in November began operating under another name. 

Alex Romstedt

Alex Romstedt

"To stay consistent with other service providers in our industry we've decided to change our department's name to simply 'Resident Services,'" said Department Director Alex Romstedt. "This change will make it easier to more effectively communicate the important work we do with our residents, to staff, partners and funders alike."

 

Property Management Awards

Homeport Honors Excellence

Homeport Honors Excellence

Homeport owns and leases over 2,300 affordable apartments and homes in Central Ohio, an undertaking made possible through property management companies it contracts to oversee day to day operations. In recognition of excellence, awards are handed out by Homeport.

This year's honorees on Dec. 6 are in the photo above holding trophies. They are left to right:  Susan Dowling, TownHomes Management (Friends VVA), Most Improved; Cheryl Blevins, CPO (Emerald Glen), Manager of The Year and Community Life Award; Whitney Cooperrider, CPO (TPSS), Out of the Box Award; Yvette Young, Wallick (Raspberry Glen), Net Operating Income to Budget Award; Michelle Roberts, Wallick (Fieldstone), Economic Occupancy Award. Representing Michelle in the photo is Alex Crocket of Wallick.

Presenting the honors, in the back row, are left to right Josh Martin, asset manager, Will Wahler, director of asset management,  Jill Guinan, outreach coordinator, Lawrence Furst, supportive services manager, and Sabrina Waytes, asset manager.