“I am eager to help Homeport continue its mission and expand its development activity. The availability of quality housing for everyone is a cornerstone of a true community.”
“Affordable housing . . . reduces stress, toxins, and infectious disease, which leads to improvement in both physical and mental health.”
“An overwhelming percentage of heads of households in Homeport are single women. Thanks to Homeport’s affordable rents and resident services, women and their families have the potential for self-determination and self-sufficiency.”
“If I can just provide one different idea or perspective that helps the Board advance Homeport’s mission, I will call that a success.”
“Addressing housing affordability will require creative ideas and strong partnerships by all parties to solve the need in Columbus and Central Ohio.”
“We need more affordable rental housing for low-income people. Governmental shifts supporting housing tax credits and low-income programs have made it increasingly difficult to entice housing developers to build affordable housing.”
"Homeport’s programs, with their focus on making affordable housing readily available, and ensuring that once it is available that it remains sustainable, are exciting and innovative."
"Affordable housing is key to our communities’ vitality, economic growth and development. Housing provides a sense of permanence and commitment, which builds families, neighborhoods and communities."
"We need to build a diverse fabric in every community that allows everyone to benefit from everything Columbus has to offer, and that ensures the very sense of community will survive."
"The gap between the inventory of units of affordable housing and the need for more units of affordable housing is enormous and continues to grow. It is absolutely critical that our community increases its commitment to ... increasing the inventory."
"It is imperative that individuals and companies realize that the home is the stabilizing foundation for family life."
While it is important to ensure adequate supply of affordable housing in our community, it is equally important to ensure that the families in these homes have the tools and knowledge to successfully manage life.
"What we do helps the community prosper, which benefits everyone in the Columbus area."
"Our most critical issue in this growing and vibrant community is the clear shortage of affordable housing."
Growing up in Central Ohio, Michael Kelley often heard about Homeport and the names of its executives. After all, his grandfather Don Kelley was a founding member of Homeport in 1987 when it was known as Columbus Housing Partnership. And Michael’s father, Tim Kelley, served as chairman of the board.
Emmett Kelly has been volunteering in the local community since his arrival to Columbus in 1996 as a Capital University Law School student when he was involved in the student association and the local Bar. Since 2014 Emmett has served on the Homeport Board, focusing on programs and development. He also serves on the Operations Board of The Buckeye Ranch and previously on the Ranch’s Foundation Board. The children served by The Buckeye Ranch are some of the same children served by Homeport. This supports his belief that charitable and uplifting organizations can work together to coordinate services and outcomes for their clients. He also serves on the Board of the Columbus Metropolitan Club where such community conversations occur and are debated.
Professionally, Emmett is a Member at Frost Brown Todd LLC and focuses his practice on public finance and economic development, including Public-Private Partnership projects. He sees his role in law as another avenue to benefit the community. Emmett also works with area youth by coaching local lacrosse, soccer and baseball teams.
Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission?
I feel strongly that the housing and supporting services provided by Homeport creates stability for those served and the community at large. A community can be measured by how it serves those in need. Homeport makes us proud in how it serves those in need of affordable housing.
What would you tell a friend who was considering getting involved with Homeport as a donor or volunteer?
First thing to do is become a member of the “Army of 1,000!” Next is to do some research on affordable housing and learn how important it is to providing a stable base for the community to grow and thrive, especially for our young people.
What do you feel is the most critical aspect of affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio?
Providing a safe place for our families to find community and stability is critical. Knowing where you are sleeping each night provides comfort and allows you to focus on your family and work. That success builds stronger communities and ownership opportunities -- which is a source of pride for all.