Homeport Happenings: July 2019

State Realtor Organization Honors Homeport

Homeport’s Brenda Moncrief and Justin Metzler at Ohio Realtists Association state conference.

Homeport’s Brenda Moncrief and Justin Metzler at Ohio Realtists Association state conference.

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Homeport was honored with a Community Service Award on June 7 by the Ohio Realtists Association (ORA) at its annual state conference held in Columbus.

The honor was presented in recognition of Homeport’s “outstanding service and impact in the housing industry for the citizens of Columbus and surrounding communities."

Brenda Moncrief and Justin Metzler spoke on behalf of Homeport and accepted the honor at ORA’s “Legends and Legacies” luncheon.

ORA also honored long-time Columbus Realtor Art Lee at the luncheon.

ORA advocates for “equal housing opportunities” and encourages professional participation of African-Americans in the real estate industry.

“ORA is a great organization. Being an African-American, it was honor for me to be there, plus me representing Homeport,” Moncrief said.


A Caring Gift For Homeport Residents

CareSource Foundation Community Education Representative Candice Byers, second from right, delivered a $5,000 grant to Homeport in June.

CareSource Foundation Community Education Representative Candice Byers, second from right, delivered a $5,000 grant to Homeport in June.

For the third consecutive year The CareSource Foundation has provided a grant to Homeport, raising its annual commitment to $5,000. The funds are for stability of Homeport residents, connecting them to eviction prevention supports, emergency financial assistance, credit and budget counseling, childcare for working parents, employment training and educational programs and basic needs like food and furniture.

The CareSource Foundation awards grants to nonprofits working to eliminate poverty, provide services to low and moderate-income families, build healthier communities and develop innovative approaches to address significant social issues.

CareSource Foundation Community Education Representative Candice Byers presented the grant to Homeport on June 18. Accepting it on behalf of Homeport was Director of Program Operations Kat Yamaguchi, Senior Director of Resource Development Laverne Price, and Senior Vice President for Resource Development Maude Hill.

"Homeport always seeks to find partners who understand our mission and have a philanthropic entity to support organizations such as ours," said Homeport’s Price. "We are happy that CareSource understands the affordable housing and wrap around services we provide and not only has supported us but has increased its support."

CareSource provided Homeport $3,500 grants in 2017 and 2018. Since launching in 2006, the Foundation has awarded more than 1,300 grants and invested over $17 million into nonprofits throughout Ohio who are working to eliminate poverty, build healthier communities and develop innovative approaches to address significant social issues.


OSU President Joins In Salute Of Homeport Honoree M/I Homes

The Ohio State University President Dr. Michael V. Drake, center, prepares for ‘Voice & Vision’ video shoot.

The Ohio State University President Dr. Michael V. Drake, center, prepares for ‘Voice & Vision’ video shoot.

Many of Central Ohio’s leaders are participating in videos to be shown at Homeport’s annual Voice & Vision gala fund-raiser on Oct. 24 at the Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Performing Arts in New Albany.

Homeport will be presenting its Voice & Vision award to M/I Homes Inc. and honoring the legacy of Irving Schottenstein, M/I founding CEO and one of the driving forces in the founding of Homeport in 1987. Accepting the honor on behalf of M/I will be company Chairman, President & CEO Robert Schottenstein.


‘Eye On The Community’ Hears Homeport Expert On Finances

Homeport Senior Counseling Advisor Layden Hale, left, visited Radio-One Columbus studios in June. Layden was interviewed by ‘Eye on the Community’ program host Yaves Ellis. Click below and listen to Layden talk about Financial Fitness education offered by Homeport and its role in homeownership. June was National Homeownership Month.

Homeport Senior Counseling Advisor Layden Hale, left, visited Radio-One Columbus studios in June. Layden was interviewed by ‘Eye on the Community’ program host Yaves Ellis. Click below and listen to Layden talk about Financial Fitness education offered by Homeport and its role in homeownership. June was National Homeownership Month.


Pheasant Run Hosts Produce Fair — More To Come

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From protein packs to pineapples, Pheasant Run residents received healthy food options in June at a monthly produce fair organized by Homeport and its service coordinators. The free event also offered residents oranges, potatoes, honeydew and onions. The next produce fair for Homeport residents is July 2 at Marsh Run and Pheasant Run.  


2019 Columbus REALTOR® Care Day Lands At Milo-Grogan

Big thanks to all of the volunteers from Columbus REALTORS®, At Home By High, Homeport and Milo-Grogan residents who headed into the neighborhood to tackle ten different projects at resident homes. We appreciate all of the support from the community for the Milo-Grogan neighborhood.