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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.

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.

Interior Home Maintenance

Home Maintenance

Your key to simple home repairs.

The Homeport Housing Advisory Center is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency offering 2-3 hours of exterior and interior home repair workshops to teach you the basics. 

 

The workshops will be located at:

562 E. Main Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Volunteers help revitalize the King-Lincoln District

As part of the county-wide Columbus Volunteer Challenge, 20+ volunteers came out today to help Homeport clean up the streets in NoBo and the surrounding KLD community. This one event was the first in a series of community projects that continue over the five-day CVC. A grant from sponsoring organization United Way of Central Ohio equipped Homeport volunteers with all the tools they would need to make a sizable impact in this four-hour service event.

Homeport's efforts aimed to beautify the neighborhood through a number of tasks. A litter pick-up that collected over 15 bags of trash and recyclables set the stage appropriately for two other projects that would stand out a bit more.

The carryout at the corner of E Long St and N 20th St received a much-needed makeover - involving removing worn and tattered signage, taking down an old, extra payphone, and covering up graffiti with a fresh coat of paint. And steps away from the carryout, volunteers worked tirelessly cutting out stencils and painting sheets of plywood with chalkboard paint - laying the foundation for two interactive, mobile murals that will soon be making their way throughout the neighborhood. Stay tuned for updates on the mural deployments!

Throughout the day, and even leading up to the event, we received fantastic support from business owners and residents alike. With today's projects being just the latest in a line of initiatives set to Retune the King-Lincoln District, it will be exciting to see how the community pride continues to grow into the future.

North of Broad featured on MSN.com

Homeport was featured in several articles on the real estate section of MSN.com discussing the rehabilitation or rebuild of older homes and how Homeport is saving run-down homes in the North of Broad - or NoBo - neighborhood in the King Lincoln District. The first article debates the age old issue of saving a home or rebuilding at the site. Homeport's NoBo neighborhood is mentioned in how non-profits are saving run-down homes. You can check out before and after photos of rehabilitated homes around the country including a great historic preservation project in NoBo.

Check out the stories here;

 

Homeport to participate with Fifth Third eBus

Get on the eBus.

Get ready. The eBus from Fifth Third Bank is heading to your community.  The eBus will be providing information on mortgages, retail products, and small business opportunities.  We'll also get down to the basics, providing homeownership and financial literacy counseling as well as money management and simple budgeting tips.  We're making a stop near you- and it's absolutely free. 

 

The eBus will be making stops at the following locations:

  • Cap City Nights/ Columbus Parks and Recreation   Saturday, August 3rd    5pm-9pm  Glenwood Community Center  1925 W. Broad St. Columbus, Oh
  • Impact Community Action Agency  Wednesday, August 7th 10am-3pm 700 Bryden Rd, Columbus, OH
  • St. Stephens Community House   Thursday, August 8th 10am-3pm 1500 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, Oh 
  • Cap City Nights / Columbus Parks and Recreation  Friday, August 9th 5pm-9pm  Beatty Park 247 N. Ohio Ave., Columbus, Oh
  • Columbus Festival Latino Saturday, August 10th 11am-8pm and Sunday, August 11th 11am-8pm  303 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Oh

Homeport to participate with Fifth Third E-Bus

Get on the eBus.

Get ready. The eBus from Fifth Third Bank is heading to your community.  The eBus will be providing information on mortgages, retail products, and small business opportunities.  We'll also get down to the basics, providing homeownership and financial literacy counseling as well as money management and simple budgeting tips.  We're making a stop near you- and it's absolutely free. 

 

The eBus will be making stops at the following locations:

  • Cap City Nights/ Columbus Parks and Recreation   Saturday, August 3rd    5pm-9pm  Glenwood Community Center  1925 W. Broad St. Columbus, Oh
  • Impact Community Action Agency  Wednesday, August 7th 10am-3pm 700 Bryden Rd, Columbus, OH
  • St. Stephens Community House   Thursday, August 8th 10am-3pm 1500 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, Oh 
  • Cap City Nights / Columbus Parks and Recreation  Friday, August 9th 5pm-9pm  Beatty Park 247 N. Ohio Ave., Columbus, Oh
  • Columbus Festival Latino Saturday, August 10th 11am-8pm and Sunday, August 11th 11am-8pm  303 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Oh

Turning a corner: North of Broad neighborhood shows promise [The Columbus Dispatch]

By Jim Weiker

One of the area’s busiest home-construction spots isn’t in Powell or New Albany.

It’s around the corner from a boarded-up liquor store on E. Long Street.

There, the nonprofit housing organization Homeport is continuing its ambitious transformation of a long-neglected pocket of Columbus dubbed NoBo, short for North of Broad.

Homeport expects to build 14 homes in the neighborhood this year, on top of the 35 it has already sold and the 12 it owns and rents out. In addition, the organization plans to renovate four vacant homes to sell.

Contractors will spend the summer erecting homes on 30- to 34-foot-wide lots in the area.

While tree-lined NoBo includes some grand turn-of-the-century brick Italianate homes, most of the neighborhood is dominated by traditional two-story, front-gabled homes with front porches.

Homeport’s houses are designed to match and range from about 1,200 square feet to 1,800 square feet. Most feature three bedrooms, a front porch, a detached garage, open layouts, deep basements and unusual energy efficiency. (One of the homes is central Ohio’s only LEED- certified single-family home.)

[Keep reading at The Columbus Dispatch]

Photo courtesy of JONATHAN QUILTER | DISPATCH.

Homeport supports Bike the C-Bus 2013, highlights NOBO

Homeport is proud to support Bike the C-Bus, a collaboration of Yay Bikes! and Long Street Businessmen's Association, for the sixth year. The 2013 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 on North 20th and 22nd, plus NOBO on Long Condominiums on the corner of East Long and North 21st Street.

Registration is open for Bike the C-Bus 2013 at bikethecbus.com.

Homeport Home Ownership rolls out new designs [UPDATED]

UPDATE 05.31.2013 The first of our new models is scheduled for completion by the end of June! At 275 N 22nd Street–where less than a year ago stood a run-down, vacant house–soon a Louis Sway 3 bed, 2 bath home will be ready for a new to family to move into. The Louis models are Homeport Home Ownership's first venture into single-story homes in North of Broad, built in response to changing homebuyer preferences. Along with our Eartha models (scheduled for completion by the end of summer), our newest homes combine tradition, convenience, and environmental design. Scroll down to see a time lapse video of the beginning stages of construction!

With the hopes of appealing to a wider audience, Homeport Home Ownership has launched new home designs, beginning in the North of Broad neighborhood. Whether you are looking for a small and cozy space, solar panels to offset your electrical usage, or simply a new-build home in a historically-rich neighborhood, these latest models have something for everyone.

The homes below will be the first to hit the market, but stay tuned for even more to come in the future!

Smaller Footprint, Simple Living

Sustainably Solar

Pop-up art takes NoBo by storm

Longtime home to the Lincoln Theatre, and most recently Homeport Gallery, the King-Lincoln District is no stranger to the Columbus arts scene. But the neighborhood has never experienced anything like what is to come this summer.

Rooms to Let Temporary Art Space has announced its summer series of pop-up projects and exhibitions, which culminate in a neighborhood crawl on May 18. The event will present over ten exhibitions and projects from local and regional artists; creations span a multitude of mediums including sound, interactive performance, a massive camera obscura, invasive sculpture, text, and art “in the dark”.

28 artists will be represented in the crawl, which will lead visitors from house to house along N 20th and 21st streets in Homeport’s North of Broad neighborhood in the King-Lincoln District. Food carts will also be present, celebrating both the artists and the neighborhood in which these pieces live.

Rooms to Let supports projects that are social, individual, site-specific, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary. Artists are asked to acknowledge both the status of the house and the property's role within its neighborhood; the primary goal is in bringing a neighborly familiarity to contemporary art practice. Through incredibly diverse and experimental projects, Rooms to Let supports a rare mix of artists and visitors who leave considering the function of art and place, and, of course, the opportunities of unoccupied homes.

You can RSVP on Facebook by clicking here. 

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About Rooms to Let

Rooms to Let was founded in 2010 by local artist and curator Melissa Vogley Woods as a means to provide artists the opportunity to work in diverse environments. By placing artists within an anomalous environment, Rooms to Let challenges the traditional constructs of an exhibition space and supports the local development of contemporary art and public art projects.  http://roomstolettemporaryartspace.com 

Rooms to Let supports projects that are social, individual, site-specific, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary. Artists are asked to acknowledge both the status of the house and the property's role within its neighborhood; the primary goal is in bringing a neighborly familiarity to contemporary art practice. Through incredibly diverse and experimental projects, Rooms to Let supports a rare mix of artists and visitors who leave considering the function of art and place, and, of course, the opportunities of unoccupied homes.

Starbucks Helps Keep the King-Lincoln District Beautiful

As part of the Keep Columbus Beautiful campaign, Starbucks employees spent the day volunteering in the KLD. Most of the attention was focused on the corner of N Garfield Ave and E Long St, where volunteers weeded, planted flowers, and built new picnic benches next to the Los Potosinos food truck. Others spent time sprucing up the vacant storefront next to our Home Ownership office in the Gateway Building. The day of service helped to further Homeport's Retune the King-Lincoln District initiative, which aims to convert vacant spaces into usable commercial options for creative entrepreneurs and small businesses.

NoBo Community Garden featured in local publication

The community garden that graces the North of Broad neighborhood in the King-Lincoln District was established in 2009. In just a few years, this partnership with the Mt. Vernon AME Church has encouraged ten residents in a three-block radius to tend the garden on a regular basis. Non-profit Local Matters has been a invaluable resource in helping the garden get up and running, and their Growing Matters program is highlighted in the latest issue of Edible Columbus. There is an excerpt below, as well as a link to the entire issue.

A garden is common ground.
"Picture it: A lot that has stood vacant for years suddenly bursting with spring daffodils. As spring turns into summer, you notice more green things growing–radish tops and the tiny start of tomato plants. As summer days grow longer (and hotter), a row of corn and sunflowers grows along a chain link fence. What was once an empty lot is now a source of beauty and plenty, a meeting spot in the neighborhood."

View the digital edition of Edible Columbus here.

NoBo on Long Condominiums highlighted on Olde Towne East summer tour

The Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association (OTENA) continues a proud tradition with their 2012 Summer Tour of Historic Homes on Sunday, July 15th from 1- 6 PM. This year’s tour focuses on homes on either side of Broad Street. It includes one Broad Street mansion, a one-time bed and breakfast and a newly constructed infill-house as well as several lovely American foursquare homes. 

Tickets can be purchased on the Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association website.

Were you AWARE that all of our new Homeport homes are built to sustainable, accessible standards?

Franklin County and the City of Columbus are adopting the AWARE Green/Universal Design Manual as the performance standard for the construction and renovation of federally-funded residential projects. AWARE stands for:

Accessible
Water Conservation
Air Quality
Resource Conscious
Energy Efficient 

The AWARE Manual was designed to achieve Enterprise Green Communities Standards.

The AWARE Manual will provide new and existing housing stock to residents of Franklin County and Columbus that is healthier, more accessible, resource conscious, and environmentally friendly. The City and County are committed to promoting AWARE green and universal design standards of construction throughout Franklin County and Columbus. 

Healthier Homes

    • Testing and mitigating radon gas, if necessary, (a main cause of lung cancer)
    • Active/forced or passive air systems to bring fresh air into the home
    • Ventilation to remove moisture, which causes mold and mildew
    • Integrated pest control using non-chemical methods
    • Low/No VOC products:
      • Paints
      • Adhesives
      • Carpet
      • Floor tiles and sheet goods
      • Bathroom and kitchen cabinets 
More Accessible Homes
  • No-step entry (making it wheelchair accessible)
  • Wider doorways and halls (making them wheelchair accessible)
  • Wider stairways (for future installation of a stair lift)
  • 1st floor bath and bedroom (making home accessible to all)
  • Providing floor space and fixtures to accommodate wheelchair access in bathrooms and kitchens
  • 1st floor laundry (accessible to all)
  • Lever handle faucets (easy operation for all)
  • Lever handle door locks/latches (easy operation for all)
  • Wood blocking in the walls (for future installation of grab bars)
  • Positioning the height of wall outlets, switches, thermostats, door locksets and cabinet handles (accessible to all) 

Resource and Energy Conscious Homes 

  • 90% + gas forced air furnaces
  • Water-saving plumbing fixtures
    • commodes
    • faucets
    • shower heads
  • Better house insulation
  • Using Energy Star-Rated:
    • Windows and doors
    • Appliances
    • Light fixtures
    • Fans
    • Hot water heaters
Environmentally-Friendly Homes
      • Recycling construction waste
      • Using recycled materials/products
      • Using a detailed framing plan to reduce material waste wood without compromising structural integrity
      • Creating a framing order waste factor limit holding the waste material to 10% or less
      • Using pre-cut or pre-assembled building systems or methods
      • Use materials from renewable resources or agricultural byproducts
Look for the AWARE  logo on the home listing page.

AWARE resources at Franklin County Board of Commissioners Economic and Development

Why rent when you can own for as low as $650/month?

Call us today at 614-545-4826 to see if you qualify for below market 30 year fixed financing! Or, send us a message with our web form.

It’s a great time to buy a NoBo on Long Condominium, with payments as low as $650/month!

  • Carefree, convenient condominium living
  • Energy-efficient 1 and 2 bedroom townhomes with garage
  • Select your own finishes!
  • Low fixed interest, no PMI, and low down payment mortgage options available*
  • Reduced taxes on all units!
  • Ask about grants and current offers
  • More information at NoBo on Long Condominium section

*For qualified buyers. 

Call us today at 614-545-4826 to see if you qualify for below market 30 year fixed financing!

 

NOBO on Long Condominiums Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Michael B. Coleman today joined Homeport President and CEO Amy Klaben, City Councilmember Hearcel Craig and Near East Side residents to unveil the NoBo on Long Condominiums. The nine townhome condominiums, located at the corner of E. Long Street and N. 21st Street, were constructed with funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

“When we launched the revitalization of this neighborhood seven years ago, it was anchored to a vision, and that vision is now a reality,” Mayor Coleman said. “This neighborhood is now alive with residential developments like the one we celebrate today. I thank Homeport, the National Stabilization Program and the businesses and residents of this neighborhood for partnering with us on this important effort.” 

Two buildings are newly constructed and contain seven homes.  Another building was renovated and contains two additional townhomes.  Square footage of the homes range from 925 to 1,660 square feet and meet the Enterprise Green Communities standards. The one, two and three-bedroom units were designed by Sullivan-Bruck Architects and constructed by CEQART construction. Homeport, formerly Columbus Housing Partnership, has already received a steady stream of interest on the condominiums even though formal marketing has not yet started. Condominium prices range from $110,000 to $160,000 and are available to income-qualified buyers.

“We are building on the success that we have had in our North of Broad neighborhood bringing more than 30 families to N. 21st Street and the neighborhood,” Klaben said. “These condominiums are in response to feedback we received from potential buyers looking for more homeownership options. With the support of the Mayor and the City Council, Homeport is helping to build a vibrant community in the King Lincoln District.”

The NOBO on Long Condominiums serve as an anchor to revitalization efforts on 21st street in the King-Lincoln District where other properties were constructed with NSP funds.

“The momentum of near east side development continues with these high quality condos that expand the housing options in this area,” said Councilmember Hearcel F. Craig, chair of the Health, Housing and Human Services Committee.  “This project puts crucial NSP funds to work in an area that can immediately benefit from the investment.”

Rehab Staving Off Foreclosure Impact In Columbus

nbc4i - A Columbus group is stepping in to prevent neighborhoods being hit hard by foreclosures to keep the vacated houses in good shape and put them in good hands.

Columbus Housing Partners is displaying its efforts Monday to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D) Ohio, who points to CHP's work as an example of what can be done with federal dollars.   The Senator is trying to head of a predicted veto of a bill that would continue efforts of groups like CHP.

 Senator Brown will join CHP 's Amy Klaben in touring...

This article can be viewed in its entirety at nbc4i.