Columbus-based national homebuilder M/I Homes Inc. has been selected as Homeport’s 2019 Voice & Vision honoree in recognition of its historic and unbroken connection to Homeport and its affordable housing mission.
Since its founding in 1976 by cousins Irving and Melvin Schottenstein, M/I Homes has grown to become one of the nation’s largest and most respected homebuilders, with operations in 16 major markets throughout the United States.
M/I has also been an active supporter of numerous charitable and civic organizations throughout Central Ohio. In 1987, with Irving’s vision and leadership, the non-profit organization now known as Homeport was created.
“From the very start, M/I has been there for us and the community we serve in Central Ohio,” said Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke. “It is why Homeport has chosen to honor M/I with its 2019 Voice & Vision Award at our annual fund-raising gala on October 24.”
The special recognition from Homeport is significant and heartfelt, said M/I Homes Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President Robert H. Schottenstein.
“The Homeport Voice and Vision honor means a great deal to me personally as well as to our company,” Schottenstein said. “My Dad, Irving, was actively involved in the original founding of Homeport, and since that time our company has remained a consistent supporter and champion of Homeport and its mission. Affordable housing was very important to my Dad and the role that Homeport plays today in serving that need is perhaps more important than ever.”
Homeport houses more than 6,200 residents in 35 communities throughout Central Ohio. It is part of a consortium attempting to address a severe shortage of affordable housing. An estimated 54,000 area families spend at least 50 percent of their income on housing, and the problem could be exacerbated by a projected population growth of one million by 2050.
The 2019 Voice & Vision celebration will take place at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany on Thursday, October 24th. The formal program will be held in the Irving E. Schottenstein Theater.
M/I Homes will be the fifth recipient of Homeport’s Voice & Vision award. Previous winners were:
· Rev. John Edgar, executive director of Community Development for All People (CD4AP) and an original Homeport Board member.
· Developer and Homeport founder Don Kelley and the Kelley Family.
· Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing President Hal Keller.
· Homeport Senior Vice President Maude Hill.
Homeport Board Chair Chris Hune said the significance of the organization’s honoree for 2019 cannot be understated.
“Melvin and Irving Schottenstein, as great visionaries, identified long ago a void in affordable housing,” Hune said. “They changed the lives of many and we are gratified by the support of Robert Schottenstein to carry on the mission they began so many years ago.”
To learn more how to participate in the Voice & Vision celebration and support Homeport, contact Homeport Senior Director of Resource Development Laverne Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614 545-4891.