Linda Flickinger is a passionate advocate for transitional and affordable housing. During the day she is the Director of Operations and External Funding at SpotOn, a K-12 digital content selector database, located at The Ohio State University. In this role she oversees fiscal operations, production, special projects and obtaining and managing externally funded projects.
Linda has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy and Management at The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs. She serves on the Homeport Board of Directors as Secretary and speaks to groups on request about the impact of Homeport on her family.
As a proud mother of two wonderful adult sons, Adam and Chris, Linda enjoys her free time with the love of her life, vacationing near the mountains or the beach and volunteering.
Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission?
Over 20 years ago, I was living with my two young sons in a dangerous neighborhood in Columbus. My sons could not go outside to play in the small yard outside our trailer unless I was with them. In my search for a house to call home, I found Homeport and promptly signed up for assistance. They were promoting a program with financial assistance for new build homes under an agreement with the City of Columbus and Rockford Homes. I qualified and moved in late 1995. It changed our lives. Street lights and sidewalks are amazing – when you didn’t have them before.
What would you tell a friend who was considering getting involved with Homeport as a donor or volunteer?
Homeport supports affordable housing in Central Ohio at several intersections – rentals, homeownership, retaining and maintaining homes. It also facilitates support for the people in their managed communities. Having a safe, affordable place to live leads to better overall health and neighborhoods and increased success of families. What better way to impact our community!
What do you feel is the most critical aspect of affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio?
In Columbus and Central Ohio, like other communities, it is imperative that individuals and companies realize that the home is the stabilizing foundation for family life. To live in a place with good running water, safe electric service, kitchens with working appliances and good neighborhoods is the beginning. All other assistance efforts are built on top of that foundation. Understanding this need speaks for itself.