VOA Veterans Services Moving To Homeport Building

                                                                                                                  Photos courtesy Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio

                                                                                                                 Photos courtesy Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio

New Location Closer To Veterans Affairs Complex

Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio is re-locating a front-line program to Homeport’s headquarters, enabling its clients to be significantly closer to other services offered at the nearby Veterans Affairs complex.

Volunteers of America currently provides homeless prevention services, case management, financial and educational support at 567 W. Broad Street. But Homeport’s building, 3443 Agler Road, in CityGate Business Park, is a six-minute drive from VA services at 420 N. James Road.

Veterans & Families First program clients meet housing counselor Tina Newsome.

Veterans & Families First program clients meet housing counselor Tina Newsome.

“It will be more convenient for the clients we serve,” said Stephanie Aubill, Marketing Communications Manager for Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio.

Eleven employees will work at the Homeport building in the Volunteers of America Veterans & Families First program serving over 400 veterans and veterans with families, said Arica Morgan, the program director.

Volunteers of America is expected to move into the first floor of Homeport’s building by the end of April. It will be leasing approximately 4,000 square feet for five years.

Homeport is the largest locally-focused not-for-profit developer of affordable housing in Central Ohio, having served the area since 1987. It is also a leading provider of homebuyer education and budget and credit counseling. Homeport’s 5,700 residents, families and seniors, in 33 communities, have access to an array of services from afterschool and summertime programming to emergency assistance for rent and utilities. Homeport partnerships also create links to food, furniture, employment assistance as well as medical and mental health.

Homeport’s commitment to the stability and growth of its affordable housing residents, including veterans, opens the door to more than a tenant relationship with Volunteers of America, said Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke.

“Homeport is about dignity, opportunity and security. There is a symmetry between our goals and the VOA’s,” Luecke said.

Morgan, Veterans & Families First program director, agreed.  

“The idea of partnering with another nonprofit that works to provide housing for people in need in Columbus is a wonderful opportunity,” she said. “We look forward to establishing a positive, long-term working relationship with Homeport. Together we can provide not just a house for the clients we each serve, but a meaningful and loving home.”

Homeport took ownership of its 42,000-square foot building on Agler Road in December 2014. Existing tenants include natural gas and electricity retailer IGS Energy and child day care provider Sister Sister. Approximately 5,600 square feet remains available to lease on the first floor. Robert Weiler Company Senior Vice President Todd Schiff is representing Homeport.