Homeport Happenings -- October 2016 Edition

Grant Leads To 'NoBo' Cleanup

North of Broad residents and MAPFRE Insurance teamed up in a volunteer effort to spruce up the "NoBo" community on the Near East Side. 

North of Broad residents and MAPFRE Insurance teamed up in a volunteer effort to spruce up the "NoBo" community on the Near East Side. 

Thanks to a mini-grant from United Way of Central Ohio, the North of Broad entryway got a huge face-lift on Sept. 24.  North of Broad Residents' Association members and volunteers from MAPFRE Insurance weeded, mowed, hacked, scrubbed and removed over 25 bags of yard waste. The Homeport-NoBo organized cleanup benefited from "Columbus Volunteer Challenge" funding provided by United Way.  A second cleanup is slated for October.

Fast Start For Homeport's New CEO

Bruce Luecke meets with Eye on the Community host Yaves Ellis at Radio One Columbus studios.

Bruce Luecke meets with Eye on the Community host Yaves Ellis at Radio One Columbus studios.

Bruce addresses new Chamber members.

Bruce addresses new Chamber members.

Barely a week after his selection as Homeport President & CEO, Bruce Luecke was busy telling the Homeport story and talking about the growing needs of affordable housing in Central Ohio. Bruce was interviewed (picture above) by Yaves Ellis, Public Affairs Director for Radio One Columbus. The interview ran on Sunday Sept. 18 on  Power 107.5, Joy 107.1, Magic 95.5, and Boom 106.3! That same  day, Jim Weiker's "On the House" column in the Columbus Dispatch highlighted Bruce on the theme and impact of rising rents in Central Ohio. Articles on Bruce's hiring also appeared in Columbus Underground and Columbus Business First. In another opportunity to tell the Homeport story, Bruce spoke Sept. 15 at The Columbus Chamber of Commerce's new member orientation and lunch that was held at Homeport's office on Agler Road.

 

Crusader Day of Service

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Students in Capital University's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity became the fourth volunteer group affiliated with Homeport to commit time this summer at American Addition. The students on Sept. 17 lifted top soil and filled raised garden beds as part of an upgrade to the neighborhood off Joyce Avenue where Homeport is building single family homes.  The Homeport-related volunteer activities at American Addition have been funded in part through a NeighborWorks Community Stabilization grant. Community resident leader Miss Marie Moreland-Short shared stories with the Capital student volunteers about both the history and future of the 100 year old neighborhood on the Northeast Side of Columbus. 

Moores Foundation Supports Homeport Again!

For the fifth consecutive year, The Harry C. Moores Foundation has provided a grant in support of Homeport's efforts to meet the housing needs of its 5,700 residents -- almost half of whom are 18 years old or younger.

The $17,000 grant for Service Coordination was awarded to Homeport in September. The grant means that since 2012 the Columbus-based foundation has given Homeport  $76,500.

"These funds allow us to provide service coordination in our communities, connecting our residents to valuable resources such as food, furniture, emergency financial assistance or even educational opportunities," said Alex Romstedt, Homeport's Director of Community Life Partners.

"If not for service coordination many of our families potentially face eviction and even homelessness due to underemployment, lack of a financial or family support systems, or other barriers commonly associated with living in poverty," Romstedt said.

The Harry C. Moores Foundation was established in 1961 to provide for rehabilitation of the handicapped, as well as for hospitals, higher education, cultural programs and social service agencies concerned with the aged, child welfare, and the developmentally disabled.