Homeport Board Member Profile: Cindy Millison

Cindy Millison

Cindy Millison

Cindy Millison is a Community Development Relationship Manager and Vice President for PNC Bank.  Community Development Banking (CDB) is a distinct line of business within PNC's retail bank that is primarily engaged in activities that strengthen low-to-moderate income (LMI) people and geographies. CDB is the primary contact with organizations engaged in affordable housing, economic development, financial education, community services for LMI individuals, and economic revitalization and stabilization of LMI communities.

Cindy joined the Community Development Banking group at PNC in August 2017.  Prior to PNC, Cindy served as vice president at Fifth Third Bank and from 1996 - 2006, she also held various lending, treasury services and management roles for U.S. Bank. Cindy earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University.

A native of Ohio, Cindy has called Columbus home for 34 years. She volunteers at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Manna Soup Kitchen and as a reading buddy at Broadleigh Elementary School in the Columbus City School District.  Cindy has two adult sons who also live and work in Columbus and the family shares their homes with five dogs and two cats they rescued. “We are definitely pet people,” Cindy says.

Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission?

I believe everyone deserves a safe place to call home.  Providing affordable housing opportunities for people brings a sense of hope and promise. Knowing there are possibilities to have stable housing lifts the burden of uncertainty for families. Homeport’s mission to provide housing and support through the various programs surrounds each family with the resources needed to improve their lives.  The efforts of the Homeport Team create a stable, positive environment that is sustainable in the communities they touch.

What would you tell a friend who was considering getting involved with Homeport as a donor or volunteer?

I would recommend they connect with staff at Homeport and take a tour of the properties. The impact of seeing in person, the family members and how proud they are of their homes, is very powerful.  The sense of community is strong.  A picture is worth a thousand words and the efforts of Homeport speaks volumes.  Homeport is laser focused in its mission, and its results are a reflection of that commitment.

What do you feel is the most critical aspect of affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio?

My concern for affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio is finding available property at affordable rates and the rising costs of construction materials.  Coming off of the last 10 years, we now are in a unique time for the real estate market not only in Columbus but across the country.  Property values have climbed dramatically.  Addressing housing affordability will require creative ideas and strong partnerships by all parties to solve the need in Columbus and Central Ohio.