Homeport Happenings: June 2019

Homeport Takes Home Special AEP Award

Homeport’s Justin Metzler and Leah Evans

Homeport’s Justin Metzler and Leah Evans

Homeport has received special recognition for its commitment to energy efficiency based on the 33 homes it built in Milo-Grogan in 2018. Homeport Senior Vice President for Real Estate Leah Evans and Homeport Real Estate Project Manager Justin Metzler accepted the honor from American Electric Power as part of a special awards program AEP held at the Brookshire Event Center in Delaware.

Homeport was nominated for the Energy Efficiency Champion award by Jim Miller, program manager for AEP's EfficiencyCrafted new homes and manufactured homes program.

From kitchen appliances to shower heads to basement insulation, Homeport has committed to taking a proactive approach in green design — and reducing utility bills of individuals living in Homeport homes.

The awards program marked the tenth year AEP has recognized its customers and partners for advancing energy efficiency. Homeport was one of 26 award recipients in four categories.


Spring Party Brings Out Crowd At Trabue Crossing

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Trabue Party.jpg

A late afternoon gathering at Trabue Crossing was scheduled to allow residents to meet their new property manager, Chelsea Remali, from Wallick Communities. But it was much more.

Fifty adults and children came to the community center on May 1 and got to enjoy playground games, slides and an early dinner.

"I just advertised it as an opportunity for residents to enjoy the warm weather and mingle with neighbors and to meet me and Chelsea as well," said Homeport Resident Services Coordinator Maggie Wilson. "We ate pizza and played on the playground, blew bubbles, and drew chalk masterpieces.”

More social and educational events are expected at Trabue Crossing and other Homeport communities the remainder of the year.

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Homeport Takes Home Award For Monthly Newsletter

Homeport Public Relations Manager Steve Nichol

Homeport Public Relations Manager Steve Nichol

On May 16 Homeport was recognized for the second year in a row for having the best non-profit newsletter in Central Ohio.

The PRism award for excellence was from the Central Ohio chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) but was judged by members of the PRSA Los Angeles chapter.

The honor was based on Homeport's September 2018 newsletter that featured a video interview of 75-year-old first-time home owner Joyce Mayne on how “You’re never too old to own a house.”

Other elements of that newsletter edition included a video of 2018 Voice & Vision honoree Rev. John Edgar on the early days of Homeport, as well as a link to Homeport's 2017 Annual Report.


OSU Grad Student Joins Homeport For Summer

Homeport Project Manager Justin Metzler, left, and with Real Estate Intern Zack Hadley

Homeport Project Manager Justin Metzler, left, and with Real Estate Intern Zack Hadley

Recent Ohio University graduate Zack Hadley is interning in the Homeport Real Estate Development Department this summer while awaiting graduate school in the fall at Ohio State University.

Hadley, who grew up in Dublin, has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Planning and Sustainability from OU. He minored in Business Administration and Geographic Information Science (GIS).

Hadley is reporting to Homeport Real Estate Project Manager Justin Metzler and working with the entire Real Estate team. He has been admitted to the OSU Knowlton School of Architecture where he will be pursuing a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning.


Homeport ‘Strengthening Communities’ Bus Tour Hits The Road

Homeport Education and Engagement Manager Jessica Williams, right, at Hamilton Crossing.

Homeport Education and Engagement Manager Jessica Williams, right, at Hamilton Crossing.

Homeport’s State Auto-sponsored Strengthening Communities Bus Tour roared into action again on May 15 with a group of civic, lender and government leaders. The tour, led by Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke, visited Homeport’s Hamilton Crossing, Marsh Run and American Addition communities.

The tour showcased the diverse impact Homeport has, from providing quality, safe and affordable housing for seniors (Hamilton Crossing in Whitehall), to after school learning (Marsh Run’s community center), to its ability and commitment to revitalizing a neighborhood (American Addition).

To learn more about how to participate in a future tour visit our tour page or contact Homeport Senior Director for Resource Development Laverne Price at laverne.price@homeportohio.org or 614 545-4891.