Homeport Happenings: October 2019

AFFORDABLE HOUSING BECOMES ‘FACE THE STATE’ ISSUE

‘Face the State’ host Scott Light, center, was joined at 10TV studios by, left to right, Bruce Luecke, Brent Swander, Christina Muryn and Scott DiMauro.

‘Face the State’ host Scott Light, center, was joined at 10TV studios by, left to right, Bruce Luecke, Brent Swander, Christina Muryn and Scott DiMauro.

Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke participated in a panel discussion on affordable housing, education and gun safety in the Sept. 22 edition of 10TV public affairs show “Face the State.”

Luecke spoke to the housing needs facing Central Ohio and the positive impact that can result from mixed-income communities.

“Being part of a mixed income neighborhood, it is really a strong thing,” Luecke said. “If you go back historically and look at neighborhoods like a Milo-Grogan, it was a solid neighborhood where there were business, there were individuals across the economic spectrum and they all worked and lived together. It just provides a lot of stability. Being open to those mixed income neighborhoods will really be beneficial in the long run.”

Luecke was joined in the discussions by Columbus REALTORS Vice President of Government Affairs Brent Swander, Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn and Ohio Education Association (OEA) President Scott DiMauro.


Mayor Ginther Joins In Voice & Vision Videos

Comments from Mayor Andrew J. Ginther for Homeport’s Voice & Vision program were recorded at Columbus City Hall in September. At right is LIVE! Technologies Executive Producer Tyler Chapman.

Comments from Mayor Andrew J. Ginther for Homeport’s Voice & Vision program were recorded at Columbus City Hall in September. At right is LIVE! Technologies Executive Producer Tyler Chapman.

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther was the latest of local leaders in government, business, education and non-profits to address on video the importance and need for affordable housing, the role of Homeport, and the impact to the community of Homeport’s 2019 Voice & Vision honoree, M/I Homes.

Mayor Ginther’s comments will be shown the night of Voice & Vision, Homeport’s annual gala, on Oct. 24. Other video participants include L Brands Founder and CEO Leslie H. Wexner, The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake and Huntington Chairman, President & CEO Stephen Steinour.


Homeport Employees Lead Financial Management Conversations

Homeport’s Don Butler, left, was a panelist at a national conference on affordable housing finances.

Homeport’s Don Butler, left, was a panelist at a national conference on affordable housing finances.

Homeport’s Valorie Schwarzmann and Don Butler participated as panelists in NeighborWorks America’s annual financial management conference for senior financial staff in the affordable housing industry,

Schwarzmann, Homeport’s Chief Financial Officer, participated in a panel called “Tax Exemption from Birth to Rebirth.” The session covered the life cycle of a tax-exempt organization.

She also lead a discussions on “Key Financial Indicators to Manage Your Homebuilding Business” and “HOMEBUILDING: Design & Materials to Bring Affordable Homes to Market.”

Butler, Homeport’s Real Estate Controller and Director of Risk Management, was on a panel discussion called, “21st Century Management: Wrangling DATA”

The Strength Matters Annual Meeting and Financial Management Conference was held Sept. 16-19 in Dallas. Partnering with NeighborWorks as conference organizer was the Housing Partnership Network and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future.


Board ‘Retreat’ brings diverse perspectives and alerts

Homeport ‘Board Retreat’ panelists included left to right Charles Thompkins, William Murdock, Shannon Hardin and Rob Vogt. On far right is Homeport Board Member Mark McCullough, AEP Executive Vice President - Transmission.

Homeport ‘Board Retreat’ panelists included left to right Charles Thompkins, William Murdock, Shannon Hardin and Rob Vogt. On far right is Homeport Board Member Mark McCullough, AEP Executive Vice President - Transmission.

Population growth, slow construction time frames and higher land and building costs are creating higher rents — and pressuring lower income residents, Homeport Board members heard at a Board Retreat held at Capital University on Sept. 12

Rob Vogt, managing partner of Vogt Strategic Insights and past chairman of the National Council of Housing Market Analysts, said the population growth in Central Ohio the past five years is the fastest the region has experienced — ever. Given the population and overall construction factors, people are not moving as they once were. And across the board rent increases are depleting non-subsidized naturally occurring affordable housing, Vogt said.

Vogt spoke on a panel that included Milo-Grogan Area Commission Chair Charles Thompkins, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission Executive Director William Murdock and Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin. Board members heard from a second panel on financing for affordable and workforce housing. Panelists were Brad DeHays, Founder, Connect Realty, John Welty, Vice President, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Cindy Holler, President & CEO, Community Housing Capital, and Tim Bete, President, St. Mary Development Corporation.

Dana Moore, Principal of Compass Advisors, served as Retreat Facilitator.


Watch video of blacklick Crossing construction

Ever wonder how homes are built?

Watch the time-lapse video of the construction at Blacklick Crossing in Reynoldsburg that began in late 2018 and continues today. Residents are anticipated to move in early 2020.