South Side Affordable Housing Icon To Be Recognized in October
The Rev. John Edgar, a South Side of Columbus affordable housing icon -- and original Homeport board member, will be honored later this year with Homeport’s Voice & Vision award.
“Rev. Edgar’s decades of work in our community represents the pure essence of what we as an organization celebrate,” said Homeport Board of Directors Chair Chris Hune. “We are so grateful to honor him.”
Rev. Edgar is Homeport’s fourth Voice & Vision honoree and will be recognized at a special program the evening of Oct. 18 at St. Charles Preparatory School’s Walter Commons. He follows developer and Homeport founder Don Kelley, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing President Hal Keller and Homeport Senior Vice President Maude Hill as Voice & Vision honorees.
Since 2003, Rev. Edgar has been executive director of Community Development for All People (CD4AP), a faith-based organization that with a variety of partners has developed over $60 million worth of affordable housing, primarily on the city’s South Side.
Rev. Edgar’s work in Columbus to develop affordable housing dates to 1987 when he and two other community leaders led the way to form Habitat for Humanity-Mid Ohio. That same year he became a founding board member of Homeport, then known as Columbus Housing Partnership (CHP), serving for 6 years. He was treasurer of the Homes on the Hill community development corporation that CHP launched to build affordable housing on the city’s West Side.
“I have fond memories of my time with Homeport,” Rev. Edgar said. “It is a remarkable organization and continues to be the most impactful developer of affordable housing in Central Ohio. I am honored to be recognized in support of its mission.”
Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke praised Rev. Edgar for his passion and commitment, particularly to the South Side but also the larger community through his role as Vice Chair of the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio.
“John has been a true role model for me and a great example of how vision and persistence can make a difference for individuals and communities,” Luecke said.
Sponsorships for the fund-raising program can be found at www.homeportohio.org/sponsor. Additional information can also be obtained by contacting Homeport Senior Director of Resource Development Laverne Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614 545-4891.