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Homeport, Central Ohio Residents And Communities Benefit From Chase Bank Property Donation Program

In 2014 Michael Rengers, a 25-year-old store security manager, was eager to settle down, get married and find a place to call home in Central Ohio. In October he became engaged and in December, he purchased his first home from Homeport.

But Rengers did not purchase just any home. He benefitted from a special Chase Bank program that donates foreclosed properties to cities, land banks, and non-profits who renovate and sell them to moderate-income families.

Since 2013, Homeport has received five donations from Chase, including a 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath home in Blendon Township that it rehabilitated and sold to a very pleased Rengers.

"We couldn’t be happier with Homeport,” Rengers said. “It’s nice to come home at night and know the place is yours.”

Given the pain of foreclosure that millions of Americans faced during The Great Recession, stories of new happy home buyers like Rengers are a source of pride for Chase.

Ronald Branch, Houston-based program manager for Chase’s Community Revitalization Program, said 3,000 foreclosed homes have been donated by Chase since December 2008, including 268 in Ohio.

“Our mission is to make a difference in the communities we operate in, to provide opportunities for home ownership to individuals earning at or below 120 percent of the area median income (AMI),” Branch said.

For 2014, 120 percent of the AMI for a Central Ohio family ranged from $58,800 for a family of one to $84,000 for a family of four.

“The Chase Community Revitalization Program has been a great benefit to Homeport by allowing us to acquire homes in neighborhoods throughout Central Ohio where we can, at lowered development costs, provide more affordable home ownership opportunities.” said Leah Evans, Homeport’s Director of Home Ownership.

Besides Rengers’ home, Homeport has rehabbed and sold a Chase donated home in Madison Township and plans to start work on a third Chase property this spring in Whitehall. Construction timelines have not been established on the two other properties in the historic King-Lincoln District.

For Rengers, the eighth-month period from prospect to owner was “a fun ride.”

During the time period he took a free homebuyer education course offered by Homeport that boosted his confidence to purchase a home.

Rengers learned, “You don’t have to buy the biggest house. You buy a house you can afford.”

He also got to watch the transformation of his future home that was originally built in 1967. Homeport repaired, replaced or upgraded air and heating systems, kitchen countertops, appliances, floors, walls, the house roof and a garage door.

Brooke Gillis, Rengers’ fiancée, 24, and a master’s degree student at Ohio State University, said the process “is a constant reminder that with hard work, determination and opportunity, great things can happen. Being homeowners at such a young age was a dream and Homeport made our dream a reality.”

Columbus Celebrates American Addition Infrastructure Improvements

For Immediate Release

November 5, 2014                          

Contacts:  

Tyneisha Harden, Mayor’s Office, 645-2425

Rick Tilton, Public Service, 645-7263

George Zonders, Public Utilities, 645-2926

Steve Nichol, Homeport, 545-4838
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Residents Join Mayor Coleman and City Councilmember Hardin To Celebrate Completion of First Phase of American Addition Infrastructure Improvements

Neighborhood leaders and representatives of Homeport joined Mayor Michael B. Coleman and City Councilmember Shannon G. Hardin to celebrate the completion of the first phase of roadway and other infrastructure improvements in the American Addition neighborhood.  The work is part of the American Addition Improvements Project, which is a joint effort between the City of Columbus and Homeport.  

“We are investing in the American Addition neighborhood to make it safer for families,” said Mayor Coleman.  “This project makes it safer to walk in the neighborhood, reduces flooding during rainstorms and makes homeownership possible for more families.”

American Addition, Phase 1, infrastructure improvements include:

  • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, to the following streets:
    • East 12th Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Sampson Avenue
    • Lee Avenue
    • Sampson Avenue
    • Sigsbee Avenue
    • Woodford Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Katahdin Alley
  • Improvements to existing alleys and construction of additional new alleys
  • Addition of street lights
  • Addition of storm sewers
  • New water lines
  • Addition of street trees
  • Rain Gardens

“I thank God that he not only let me see this day and made a dream come true, but that the best is yet to come,” said American Addition neighborhood leader Marie Moreland Short.   “I want to thank Mayor Coleman for keeping his promise.” 

Phases 2 and 3 of the American Addition infrastructure improvements project are scheduled for construction beginning in August 2015, with completion scheduled for August 2016, weather permitting.  Infrastructure improvements include roadway reconstruction and the addition of sidewalks, curbs, storm sewers, new water lines and street lights. 

“American Addition plays a significant role in the history of Columbus and the fabric of our community,” said Councilmember Hardin, chair of the Public Service & Transportation Committee.  “For decades, this development served as a hub of African-American life in Columbus.   The improvements here will restore this neighborhood to the prominence it deserves.”

The American Addition project also includes homes that have been built, and will be built, by Homeport.  Homeport has built and sold 10 new homes in American Addition to date, plans to build seven to 10 homes in 2015, and intends to develop 80 additional lots in the neighborhood.

“At Homeport, our mission is to provide homes where families can live safely and with stability – and flourish long term,” said Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben. “We are proud to be a partner with the city in rejuvenating a long neglected neighborhood. American Addition’s new homes and infrastructure, community center and park, and close proximity to the downtown, have merged to make this a desirable place to call ‘home.’”

Phases 2 and 3 of the project will include the following infrastructure improvements:

  • Phase 2:
    • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street lights and street trees to the following streets:

   East 12th Avenue between Sampson Avenue and Petrel Alley

   Key West Avenue between Woodford Avenue and Helena Alley

   Puritan Avenue between Woodford Avenue and Helena Alley

   Woodford Avenue between Katahdin Alley to Petrel Alley

  • Improvements to the following alleys:

   Helena Alley between Katahdin Alley and Petrel Alley

   Olympia Alley between Woodford Avenue and Helena Alley

   Petrel Alley between East 12th Avenue and Woodford Avenue

  • Addition of storm sewers
  • New water lines
  • Addition of rain gardens
  • Phase 3:
    • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street lights and street trees to the following streets:

   Dewey Avenue between Katahdin Alley and Petrel Alley

   Key West Avenue between Dewey Avenue and Woodford Avenue

   Puritan Avenue between Dewey Avenue and Woodford Avenue

  • Improvements to the following alleys:

   Katahdin Alley between Woodford Avenue and Dewey Avenue

   Olympia Alley between Woodford Avenue and Dewey Avenue

   Petrel Alley between Woodford Avenue and Dewey Avenue

  • Addition of storm sewers
  • New water lines
  • Addition of rain gardens
  • Costs (includes design, right-of-way acquisition, construction and inspection)
    • Phase 1:  $ 5.8 million
    • Phases 2 and 3:  $ 5.7 million

The Department of Public Service is administering the roadway, sidewalk and alley improvement segments of the American Addition project.  The Department of Public Utilities, which is constructing storm sewer, water line and street light improvements, and the Department of Development are partners in the project.   

Adjacent to the American Addition project, work continues on Phase 2 of the Joyce Avenue Improvements Project, on Joyce Avenue between East 12th Avenue and immediately north of East 17th Avenue, and on East 17th Avenue between Brentnell Avenue and 300 feet west of Billiter Boulevard.  The project includes roadway reconstruction and the addition of sidewalks, shared used paths, storm sewers, upgraded water lines and street lights.  Phase 2 is scheduled for completion in 2015, with Phase 3 construction scheduled to begin in 2016.   Phase 1 of the Joyce Avenue Improvements Project was completed in November 2013.

 

Celebrate completion of Phase I Infrastructure at American Addition on November 5, 2014

Join Mayor Michael B. Coleman and City Councilmember Shannon G. Hardin along with neighborhood leaders and representatives of Homeport to celebrate the completion of the first phase of roadway and other infrastructure improvements in the American Addition neighborhood.  The work is part of the American Addition Improvements Project, which is a joint effort between the City of Columbus and Homeport. 

“We are investing in the American Addition neighborhood to make it safer for families,” said Mayor Coleman.  “This project makes it safer to walk in the neighborhood, reduces flooding during rainstorms and makes homeownership possible for more families.”

 The event will begin at 11am.

Join us at;
Tray Lee Center
1362 Sigsbee Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43219

American Addition, Phase 1, infrastructure improvements include:

  • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, to the following streets:
  • East 12th Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Sampson Avenue
  • Lee Avenue
  • Sampson Avenue
  • Sigsbee Avenue
  • Woodford Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Katahdin Alley
    • Improvements to existing alleys and construction of additional new alleys
    • Addition of street lights
    • Addition of storm sewers
    • New water lines
    • Addition of street trees
    • Rain Gardens

Homeport’s Annual Celebration Packs ‘The Vault’

Audience Asked To Increase Support Of Organization’s Mission

More than 400 people gathered recently in downtown Columbus to celebrate Homeport’s 27 years as a leader in affordable housing – and to recognize the challenges ahead.

“Whatever you did this year, do a little more next year,” said U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty.

Speakers praised Homeport for its affordable home ownership and rental opportunities, foreclosure prevention counseling and homebuyer education, as well as on-site educational and after-school programs for resident children.

“A child’s future should not be determined by zip code,” said Joe Gilligan, Central Ohio office director for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. “That’s why the work Homeport does is so important.”

The program, held Oct. 16 at event venue “The Vault,” was underwritten with the support of Homeport donors. Chairman of the Homeport board, Thomas O’Hara, offered greetings to the audience. Appearing on a video, Jeff Hastings, president of U.S. Bank’s Central Ohio operations, urged participants to join Homeport’s special donor program known as the “Army of 1000.” 

The audience watched our feature video [see top of page] that featured residents of Homeport. A senior citizen spoke of how a moderate income Homeport community enabled him to care of his failing wife. A single mom spoke to her dream of raising her 10-year-old daughter in a safe, single-family home. Another woman spoke to how Homeport helped her avoid foreclosure.

The special evening was highlighted by a report from Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben on the Homeport communities housing 5300 people, half of whom are children, and the programs and services critical to their stability and long term success.

 “We are helping to break the cycle of poverty,” Klaben said. “We are creating a new future for so many families in our beautiful city. Because of what you have done over the past year, this is possible.”

But, more needs to be done in creating educational empowerment, neighborhood revitalization and safe, decent affordable homes, she said.

“Please join me as we re-double our efforts, explore new areas, and do the things that are hard to do. Join us in making a difference, because Home Matters.  As John F. Kennedy said about going to the moon, ‘We do these things…not because they are easy, but because they are hard. These are the things that measure the best of us.’”

Homeport supports Bike the C-Bus 2014, KLD start

Homeport is proud to support Bike the C-Bus, organized by Yay Bikes!, for the SEVENTH straight year. The 2014 edition of the ride will start and finish in front of the historic Lincoln Theatre at the Homeport Gallery. The route will also highlight North of Broad where our Homeport Home Ownership department is continuing neighborhood revitalization, plus NOBO on Long Condominiums on the corner of East Long and North 21st Street as it meanders through Columbus neighborhoods. In 2013, 615 participants gathered on E. Long St. to ride through the city and return for lunch and entertainment.

Registration is open for Bike the C-Bus 2014 at bikethecbus.com.

Homeport Young Professionals Back to School Fun Day at George's Creek

On August 13th the Homeport Young Professionals hosted a Back to School Rally and Play Day at our George’s Creek apartment community.  The volunteers handed out 60 backpacks full of school supplies to the kids who participated.  They did face painting, decorating folders for school, making key chains, dodgeball, hula hoops, and even teaching some of the kids how to hold and swing a baseball bat.  And just when everyone thought things were wrapping up, one of the Young Professionals showed up with sub sandwiches for everyone!  It was so nice to see all the smiling faces eating together and enjoying their community.  

It was truly a rewarding experience for all!  Thank you to everyone involved in the planning, shopping, and making it all happen.  You are such an important part of what we do. 

Shining brightly in our communities through Leaderspark

Pamela Johnson-Smith has lived at Framingham Village for 17 years, in fact she is on of the original residents. On May 15 she introduced Asha Ahmed at Homeport’s LeaderSpark graduation. In her own words, you can hear the impact of the intergenerational interaction:

The door opened and the sun shined in; the door closed and one realized it was the smile of a beautiful young lady, not the sun that caused the glow.  Asha Ahmed is regal in appearance, humble in her mannerisms; she is sixteen years old and blossoming into her womanhood. Asha is an honor student at Zenith Academy; she loves to read and watch anime (cartoons). She is soft spoken, shy, and is still learning her power.  Her goals include obtaining an advanced degree in nursing and returning to her homeland of Somalia where she can serve her people.  Asha enrolled in the LeaderSpark program to enhance her public speaking skills and to connect with her community.  She glides with the agility of a gazelle, but admits she is much more mental than physical; unlike most teenagers she would rather read than shop.  Asha has worked on environmental projects with her school which enabled her to use prior experience to enhance the LeaderSpark 2014 Project. She considers her loving father her primary mentor; he encourages her to be her best and accepts her as she is.Asha is truly a Jr Leader who will be a force to be reckoned with as she continues to grow and mature.

Homeport and Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus - Pheasant Run Open House

Homeport and Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus hosted local, regional and national guests at an open house on July 29, 2014 to introduce the community to their new partnership formed to serve low income youth at the Pheasant Run Apartments in Columbus. Pheasant Run is an affordable housing community owned by Homeport and this summer is the first time Boys & Girls Clubs is operating a Club program out of our community center. This site is serving as a pilot program with the goal of replication to examine a collaborative approach to provide summer and out-of-school programs to children in need. By providing rental housing to more than 5,000 low-income residents in Central Ohio, Homeport meets basic needs by providing safe, decent and affordable housing. By providing programming inside a Homeport community, Boys & Girls Clubs can leverage existing capital resources, lower its overhead costs, and serve a high-need community – all without having to navigate transportation and family engagement barriers.

Thanks to Ohio Capital Impact Corporation for their support to make this program happen.

In 2014 the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation, through its Carol Mount Peterson Resident Development Fund, awarded Homeport $28,000 to provide a summer program for the youth of Pheasant Run. Through a partnership with Boys and Girls Club of Columbus, they have given the youth the opportunity to be a part of a camp focused on summer learning, character building, and activities geared toward broadening their future goals.

More information here

 

King Lincoln District focus of 2014 REALTOR® Care Day

2014 REALTOR® Care Day

For the 2014 REALTOR® Care Day, Columbus REALTORS® main project included four different projects in the King Lincoln District all focused on enhancing the E. Long St. corridor (between Garfield and 17th St.). Work crews were able to improve an outdoor eating area, place 30 commercial planters provide general trash cleanup and create a new green space complete with hopscotch and oversized checkers. (Map of LocationProject Map

Over $37,000 invested in central Ohio 

(June 6, 2014) 530 local REALTORS®, family and friends cleaned, painted, pruned and planted this past Wednesday as part of the Columbus REALTORS®’ 10th annual REALTOR® Care Day, helping improve 30 homes and organizations all over central Ohio!

Started in 2005, REALTOR® Care Day is an annual day of service to the communities in which REALTORS® live, work and raise families. In the last ten years, REALTOR® Care Day has contributed over $291,000 in improvements and repairs and hundreds of hours of service to residents and communities around central Ohio. 

“REALTORS® frequently volunteer their time and talent throughout the year,” said Milt Lustnauer, 2014 president of the Columbus REALTORS®. “This one-day event in particular allows us to hone the Power of US by focusing our collective energy - as well as those of our family, friends and colleagues – to make a significant difference throughout central Ohio.”

Thanks to our 2014 Volunteers!
Jennifer Angelcyk 
Zach Appleby 
Hubert (Jack) Banks 
Brenndan Bauman 
Yoko Bihary 
Elizabeth Blair 
Denise Bohnert 
Laurie Boudreaux 
Marqué Bressler 
Donna Brozovich 
Leslie Cady McFadden 
Kelly Cantwell 
Karleya Chard 
Marcella Chepp 
Mallory Clark 
Amy Clark 
Stan Collins 
Melissa Colmenares 
Anna Criddle 
Marvin Crumbie 
Mitch Deminski 
Matt Deminski 
Mickey DiPiero
Heather DiSalvo
Jill Disbro
Heather Dunn 
Aimy Edwards 
Noah Enriquez
Leah Evans  
Ken Fairchild 
Jill Fergus 
Andrew Fleshman 
Jack Gabalski 
Jodee Gallagher 
Deb Garda 
David Gill 
Chuck Gleich 
Mic Gordon 
Julie Gribben 
Teddy Griffin 
Michelle Groff 
Justin Gwinn 
Lynn Hackworth 
Jacob Haines 
Krista Hedges 
Angela Holloway 
Darrell Hunter 
Joan Janning
Keith Jennings 
Amy Kammann
Katie Kline 
Pam Lamonica
Josh Lapp  
Sharon Lightle 
Sue Lusk-Gleich 
Milt Lustnauer 
Betsy Lynch 
Laura Mann 
Ashley Manshum 
Isaiah Marshall 
Anthony Masci 
Jamie Maze 
Jacoby Maze 
Bob McCarthy 
Emma McCarthy 
Gretchen McKay 
Elizabeth Melvin 
Amber Miller 
Andy Mills 
Will Moloney            
Susan Mullenix 
Lorn Mullenix
Jewell Mullikin
Leslie Nartker
Beth Neville
Kathleen Novak
Dominic Novak 
Ed Oliver 
Judah Palnik 
Kathy Panning 
Carl Parnell 
Joe Peffer 
Maggie Peffer 
Lauren Price
Adam Proehl  
Kathleen Radcliff 
Joann Rasmussen
Jennifer Rieser  
Timothy Rice 
John Royer 
Irene Sawyer 
Ryan Schultenover 
Ida Seitter 
Mary Sguerra 
Kathy Shiflet 
Jesse Shkolnik 
Corey Skinner 
Brittnie Smith 
Christina Stropes
Mark Sullivan 
           
Jill Taylor
Koretta Tennant 
Janet Thiede 
Ermas Thomas 
Buzz Thomas
Peter Tripp  
Jim Troth 
Randy Via
Morgen Wade   
Karin Waterschoot-Perez 
Haley Weaver 
Skip Weiler 
Linda Weiler 
Bobby Weiler 
Carly Weiler 
Michael Weiler 
Mike Whiteman 
Lou Willard 
Chris Wilson 
Graham Wojciechowski 
Jeffrey Woo 
Lizzie Woo 
Ronnie Woodrow 
Melanie Wright
Tonya Young 

For the main project this year, led by co-chairs Kelly Cantwell and Susan Mullenix, Columbus REALTORS® worked on the Long Street corridor in the King Lincoln District of Columbus where volunteers installed 30 planters, created a green space, enhanced an outdoor dining area, and did general clean up along the corridor.

“We worked incredibly hard to improve the outdoor area by creating a lush and vibrant green space this past Wednesday,” said Cantwell, co-chair of the Columbus REALTORS® 2014 REALTOR® Care Day Committee.

“It was great to see the members of the community really appreciated what we were doing – and will be able to enjoy this space with their families,” added Mullenix.

In addition to the main project, 21 area realty associations participated in REALTOR® Care Day attacking projects in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Pickaway and Madison counties.

Over $37,000 was invested to accomplish the 30 projects which included: 

2014 In-Kind Donations
Americoat Asphalt & Concrete 
Citizen's Land Title 
Citicom
Currito – Joshua Zimmerman   
Equitable Mortgage - Zach Appleby 
Equity Resources 
Dan Messer, Exceptional 1 Contracting 
Bill Fergus 
First Bexley Bank 
First Ohio Title 
Melissa Friermood 
Cheryl Godard 
Mic Gordon 
Gorilla Dumpsters 
Teddy Griffin 
HER, Realtors®
Homeport  
Patti and Jan Hughes 
Habitation Investigation 
Huntington 
Jimmy Johns - Joshua Zimmerman  
Jane Jones 
Kroger 
Lowes 
Milt Lustnauer 
Betsy Lynch 
Max & Erma's 
Mary Kay - Kathleen Radcliff
Leslie Cady McFadden 
Menards 
Wil Moloney
Susan Mullenix 
Neighborhood Design Center 
Northwest Title             
Oakland Nursery  
Ohio Tables and Chairs
Quality Mulch 
Rent-A-John 
John Royer
Irene Sawyer  
Mary Sguerra 
Kathy Shiflet 
Stewart Title - Tammy Darst 
Street Sotheby's 
Talon Title 
Janet Thiede 
Talmer Bank and Trust
Tool Library 
True Blue - Tony Ziebel 
Valmer Land Title 
Graham Wojciechowski 

• Columbus – Long Street corridor (King Lincoln District), Franklinton Gardens, Homeless Families Foundation and Heinzerling Foundation
• Bexley – cleaning up major corridors
• Canal Winchester Food Pantry
• Delaware – YMCA and People in Need
• Dublin – Dublin Food Pantry and resident
• Galloway - Madison County Humane Society
• Grove City – Breck and Fryer Parks
• Hilliard – Patches of Light
• Madison County Fairgrounds
• New Albany Historical Society
• Pickaway County – Ashville Community Park
• Pickerington – Echo Manor
• Residents in Clintonville, Dublin, Johnstown, Reynoldsburg, Sunbury, Westerville, Worthington

For more information about REALTOR® Care Day, visit ColumbusRealtors.com/RCD

Additional funding for REALTOR® Care Day was provided by a grant from NeighborWorks America as part of over 300 events nationwide to celebrate NeighborWorks Week. 

During NeighborWorks Week, NeighborWorks America and its network of local organizations mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors, friends, and local and national elected and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.

They rehab and repair homes, paint and landscape properties, conduct neighborhood tours, recognize successful partnerships, and host events that educate, train and inform. 

Nearly 70 million Americans have no emergency savings while nearly one-in-four would run out of money in 30 days, says NeighborWorks America survey

April 8, 2014

Contact: 
Douglas Robinson
202-760-4062; 202-870-3583 cell
drobinson@nw.org

 

Nearly 70 million Americans have no emergency savings while nearly one-in-four would run out of money in 30 days, says NeighborWorks America survey

Washington, DC – Nearly 70 million in America don’t have any emergency savings to withstand a sudden financial shock, while 22 percent of Americans or about 53 million have savings enough only to hang on for a month according to a new consumer survey from NeighborWorks America. Forty percent of consumers say that their cash reserves would last as long as three months, and 28 percent expect their emergency fund to hold them over for a year. In all, sixty-eight percent of consumers say that they’re setting money aside in case of a financial emergency.

The survey results, available at www.nw.org/fincapsurvey, were released today by NeighborWorks America to mark the beginning of financial capability month, call attention to the fragility of many families’ finances nearly five years since the end of the Great Recession, and assess consumers’ interest in nonprofit resources to help them build financial stability.

“These data have to light a fire under all of us who want to see Americans better able to withstand a financial crisis, especially a recession as devastating as the one we’re climbing out of now,” said Eileen M. Fitzgerald, NeighborWorks America CEO. “Our survey underscores the need to provide better tools and information for people to manage the money they do have in order to build a strong financial base.”

The survey also examined the savings goals of Americans. Retirement and buying a home are the top savings goals at 28 percent and 13 percent, respectively, with just five percent of consumers saying that they are currently saving to create a buffer in case of a financial emergency.

Among those surveyed nationally, 29 percent of adults report no emergency savings; of these 43 percent of African-American and 39 percent of Hispanic adults said that they had no emergency savings.

As might be expected, the survey results bore out that the more income a person has, the more likely they are to have built an emergency fund. Just 11 percent of people making $100,000 or more per year said that they had no emergency fund, while more than half (52%) of people earning less than $40,000 said that they had no such reserve. People whose income places them squarely in the middle class also are financially vulnerable, with 24 percent of adults with income between $40-59,000 holding no emergency fund.

“In today’s marketplace, everyone, including those with limited incomes, can set aside some savings for emergencies and work to achieve other financial goals,” explained Fitzgerald. “We are seeing great results for consumers who use a financial coach to help them start saving, reduce debt and work toward financial goals.” 

What NeighborWorks America is doing to reverse the numbers

NeighborWorks America is committed to building consumers’ financial security throughout the country by offering comprehensive training and impact evaluation services for nonprofit professionals to develop and scale financial capability programs in their communities. The nonprofit organizations across the country that NeighborWorks supports, the NeighborWorks Network, are offering financial capability services to help alter these trends, with establishing emergency savings plans being just one component of a full service financial coaching and individual financial capability effort.

Results from a recent national financial capability demonstration project had positive results. The program saw 57 percent of the people who started with zero savings establish a habit of savings, while 48 percent of the people in the program who already had a savings habit increased the amount set aside for emergencies and other goals.

“Our aim in 2014 is to expand our financial capability program by offering training to more coaches in order to reach more individuals,” explained Fitzgerald. “Saving for emergencies is a critical component of being financially stable. Unexpected medical bills, major household repairs and even car repairs could significantly hurt a family’s long term future.”

Financial capability is more than learning about credit. Financial capability can level the economic playing field by offering the information and support that helps consumers reduce debt, increase savings, and reach their financial goals.

About NeighborWorks America
For 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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[Source: NeighborWorks America]

Think you can’t afford to buy? Think again!

It’s a great time to buy a home at North of Broad (in the King Lincoln District). We have four homes available for buyers just like you. Call 614.545.4826 to find out if you qualify, and ask Angela about:

  • 149 N 20th - Enjoy the classic charm and contemporary comfort of this newly built solar home. The design includes a great room, an eat-in kitchen, first floor laundry, full-wood cabinets, a huge finishable basement, premium siding, Energy Star appliances, a tankless water heater, metal roof and solar panels. Master has a walk-in closet, master bath and plenty of light. First floor powder room for guests. Zoned sleeping with a full bath on the second floor. Special below-market financing and down payment assistance available to qualified buyers. Built to AWARE standards which offer a healthy, environmentally friendly home.
  • 156 N 20th - Enjoy the classic charm and contemporary comfort of this new-build home. The design includes an open floor plan, a large kitchen which opens to dining room, full wood cabinents, a large finishable basement and Energy Star appliances. Zoned sleeping with a full bath on the second floor plus a first floor powder room for guests. Special below market financing and down payment assistance available to qualified buyers. Built to AWARE standards which offer a healthy, environmentally friendly home.
  • 158 N 20th - Simple elegance and modern convenience meet in this new build Dutch Colonial style home. The design includes an open floor plan, a large kitchen which opens to dining room, full wood cabinets, a large finishable basement and Energy Star appliances. Zoned sleeping with a full bath on the second floor plus a first floor powder room for guests. Special below market financing and down payment assistance available to qualified buyers. Built to AWARE standards which offer a healthy, environmentally friendly home.
  • 177 N 20th - The historic feel mixed with modern amenities make this an attractive new build home. The design includes an open floor plan, a large kitchen which opens to dining room, full wood cabinents, a large finishable basement and Energy Star appliances. Zoned sleeping with a full bath on the second floor plus a first floor powder room for guests. Special below market financing and down payment assistance available to qualified buyers. Built to AWARE standards which offer a healthy, environmentally friendly home.

All four properties are move-in ready and have tax abatement.

Our Homeport Housing Advisory Center offers 8 hours of FREE HUD Certified Homebuyer Education to accommodate your schedule.  Classes are FREE and prepare you for homeownership.  Topics covered include: Budgeting and Credit, Loan products, Home Inspection, and the closing process.

Call 614-221-8889 x134 to schedule a class.

Be a Champion. Join the Challenge TODAY. Double the impact of your gift!

Double the impact of your gift to help more Central Ohio neighbors benefit from affordable housing.

Every dollar of your support will be matched  dollar for dollar by generous donors who have pledged to double your impact. Become a Homeport Champion and more low income kids, families and seniors will have better lives because of decent, safe and affordable homes, plus essential services that help provide a pathway out of poverty. Below are examples of how your gift helps others.  Please know that your investment during The Challenge Match DOUBLES its impact on the people we serve.

Your generous gift will help a child, a family, or an elderly Homeport neighbor improve the quality of their life. Here are examples of what your gift will do: 

  • THE ARMY OF A THOUSAND -$25 – Your gift is matched dollar for dollar 
    Combine your gift with 999 of your neighbors to ensure that the kids of Homeport have continued access where they live to after school and summer programming that provides academic and life skill enrichment in a safe environment preparing each child for success. 
  •  IT’S ELECTRIC - $50  – Your gift is matched dollar for dollar
    Provides a low income senior living in a Homeport Senior Community with access to transportation services for a year helping them maintain their independence. 
  • GROUND BREAKERS -$100  – Your gift is matched dollar for dollar
     Provides a low income family or senior with essential household and personal items everyone needs for a year.  Residents often come to our communities without basic items important for day to day living.  
  • BRICK LAYERS - $250  – Your gift is matched dollar for dollar
    Teaches residents in a Homeport community how to work together with their neighbors to build a sense of pride and ownership that reduces crime.
  • FOUNDATION BUILDERS - $500  – Your gift is matched dollar for dollar 
    Provides 1 -1 Financial/Budget Counseling to one person/family to enable them to successfully manage their scarce resources. 
  • FRAMING THE ISSUE -$1,000 – Your gift is matched dollar for dollar
    Provides foreclosure prevention counseling sessions to one family to help them save their home from foreclosure and successfully move forward toward financial stability.
  • RAISE THE ROOF -$2,000 – Your gift is matched dollar for dollar 
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NeighborWorks America names Homeport Green Organization

NeighborWorks America introduces second round of designees to Green Organization program 

Program recognizes organizations with sustainable business practices that save money, improve lives for low- and moderate-income families

Washington, DC – Twenty-six nonprofits were recognized today for their excellence in sustainable business and housing practices by NeighborWorks America, which recognized them as NeighborWorks Green Organizations.

This is the second annual round of designations for the NeighborWorks Green Organization program, which celebrates affordable-housing nonprofits that have shown a comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations. The program reflects NeighborWorks America’s five-year strategic goal to “green” member organizations. To date, 42 network members have earned the designation. Together, these green organizations demonstrate that when sustainable practices are comprehensively applied, people are healthier, homes are more affordable, communities thrive, and organizations are more prepared for the future.

NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities, supports a network of more than 240 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The newly designated green organizations are members of the NeighborWorks network:

  • Aeon (MN)
  • Arbor Housing and Development (NY)
  • Asian Americans for Equality, Inc. (NY)
  • BCL of Texas (TX)
  • DHIC, Inc. (NC)
  • Homeport (OH)
  • Home HeadQuarters, Inc. (NY)
  • Hudson River Housing, Inc. (NY)
  • Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (NY)
  • Kennebec Valley CAP (ME)
  • Knox Housing Partnership (TN)
  • Mid Central Community Action (IL)
  • Montgomery Housing Partnership (MD)
  • Mutual Housing California (CA)
  • National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor Research Fund (DE)
  • Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services (CA)
  • PathStone (NY)
  • The Primavera Foundation, Inc. (AZ)
  • RuralEdge (VT)
  • Select Milwaukee (WI)
  • Southwest Solutions (MI)
  • Twin Cities CDC (MA)
  • West Elmwood HDC (RI)
  • West Side NHS (NY)
  • UNHS NeighborWorks HOC (NY)
  • The Unity Council (CA)

“Green strategies save people money and improve their health and quality of life,” said Eileen M. Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America. “In receiving NeighborWorks America’s green designation, these organizations show that green business practices are a triple win for business, family budgets and communities.”

The first 42 NeighborWorks green organizations together own more than 32,000 affordable apartments and have built or rehabilitated more than 3,000 green rental and for-sale homes in the past two years. Through programs that provide education and counseling to future and existing homebuyers, these organizations reach 8,000 families annually with information they need to save energy, reduce costs and live in healthier homes. Since 2008, with the launch of its initial green agenda, NeighborWorks America has supported network organizations in these efforts by conducting sustainability audits, funding green development and rehabilitation projects, incorporating related topics into homebuyer-education guides and industry training courses, and producing resources such as the Greening Your Nonprofit from the Inside Outguide and Greening Your Organization course. 

For more information about the green designation, go to nw.org/green

For more information about NeighborWorks America, go to nw.org.

About NeighborWorks America
For 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

 

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