Homeport Board Member Profile: Matthew Keating

Matt serves as Huntington Senior Vice President and Columbus Region Manager for Commercial Real Estate. Matt’s responsibilities include growing and maintaining client relationships for well-established owners/developers of multifamily, retail, office, hospitality, single-family, and industrial assets. He is also responsible for the strategic management of the business including management of credit and market risks within the real estate debt portfolio.

Matthew Keating

Matthew Keating

Matt earned his MBA from Miami University and bachelor’s degree in Finance from Ohio State.

He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for The Homeless Families Foundation and is a past member of the Board of Trustees for Rebuilding Together Central Ohio. Matt lives in Dublin with his wife and son.

Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission?

The Homeport mission centers around the creation of strong communities via development of quality affordable housing, and the inclusion of resident services that promote stability and health. As someone who is involved in the Central Ohio real estate development community, I see how impactful the built environment is to our everyday quality of life and experiences. I am eager to help Homeport continue its mission and expand its development activity. The availability of quality housing for everyone is a cornerstone of a true community.

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

Take a tour of a community Homeport has developed. You may have the opportunity to meet some of the individuals and families that are positively impacted by Homeport. You’ll also experience firsthand how Homeport is creating a sense of community.

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

There is a shortage of affordable housing in Central Ohio. New development can be constrained by the availability of affordable development tools. Much of our affordable housing supply is developed with the use of a federal Housing Tax Credit, as these credits are used to significantly offset development costs and allow affordable rents to be applied. Other programs and sources, such as the Housing Choice Voucher program, or Housing Development Assistance Program, also contribute to affordability and development. Despite these tools, there is more work to be done in our community to reduce the shortage. It is critical to continue to find creative ways to defray costs and incentivize the development community to create affordable supply. Collectively, Federal, State, and municipal governments, as well as the local business community, have the resources and responsibility to contribute to affordable housing development. This type of development activity will ultimately benefit the broad Central Ohio community.