National Night Out
Homeport Interim President/CEO Bruce Luecke spoke on The Hilltop on Aug. 2 for "National Night Out," addressing how the organization's 39 new rental homes contribute to the area's safety. Bruce followed up with a Letter to the Editor printed Aug. 6 in the Columbus Dispatch.
Empowerment On Wheels
Homeport Board Chair Chris Hune, left, was on hand to greet Fifth Third Bank's Financial Empowerment Mobile after it rolled into Homeport's parking lot on Aug. 9. Representatives of the bank offered free assistance on credit scores, financial education, fraud awareness and prevention, internet banking and bill payment, home ownership and foreclosure avoidance. Among those representing the bank was Melissa Blount-Garner, right, Fifth Third's VP for Community and Economic Development.
Children in five Homeport residential communities had a summer filled with excursions thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation that was fulfilled through a partnership with Columbus Area Integrated Health Services. The grand finale was a trip to the beach at Alum Creek State Park on Aug. 12.
'Lease Option' Fair
Hundreds of Homeport residents renting single family homes could become homeowners under "Year 15" provisions of their "lease option" contracts. To help residents with this important opportunity, Homeport on Aug. 13 held an information fair in the parking lot of its Agler Road office featuring Realtors, mortgage brokers, home inspectors and others. The festive event also offered free hot dogs, chips and drinks, as well as backpacks with school supplies.
Homeport for the second year in a row is holding home buyer education courses at area churches under the sponsorship of Fifth Third Bank. First Church of God, above, was the first stop for Homeport Housing Advisor and instructor Kerrick Jackson, center. Thirty-seven participants completed the eight-hour course. The series continues on September 17 at Vineyard Columbus.
Homeport is about making homes and home life the foundation for success. So in looking back at an internal contest, it seems only natural that Homeport employees chose "@home" as the name of our monthly newsletter beginning with the September 2016 issue. Chris Hogue, left, of our Information Technology department, submitted the winning name. Thank you Chris!