“[JPMorgan Chase] is not only devoting its financial resources to supporting our communities, but also leveraging its greatest strengths to ensure those resources make a real difference in people’s lives.”
Following Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing’s annual partnership luncheon, OCCH President and CEO Emeritus Hal Keller spoke to the future relationship of OCCH and Homeport and the needs for affordable housing.
By investing a portion of Affordable Housing Trust funds to fill the gap between value and cost of new or rehabilitated housing, the Trust can raise market values, stimulate private development, and contribute to neighborhood revitalization.
“COCIC will continue to contribute to affordable housing initiatives by focusing on the reuse and stabilization of existing affordable housing units and creating new housing stock for long term, permanent, affordable housing opportunities. “
Homeport is committed to building energy efficient homes, allowing residents to plow savings into other needs or to save. The commitment to energy efficiency has resulted in Homeport being featured in a video produced for Columbia Gas of Ohio.
“Our company creed, written in 1934, still rings true today. ‘Our company is part of the communities we serve. We prosper only as the community prospers so we help it thrive in every way we can.’”
“One key component of Fifth Third’s Community Commitment is investing in affordable housing. Through our commitment and partnerships with agencies like Homeport, we are making homeownership a reality for many who never thought owning a home would be possible.”
In 1987, Columbus REALTORS®, led by past Presidents Bob Weiler, Don Kelley and Max Holzer, joined officials from Franklin County, the city of Columbus and private companies to create the Columbus Neighborhood Partnership, later known as the Columbus Housing Partnership, and today as Homeport.
“PNC strives . . . to strengthen the region as a whole . . . (by) supporting affordable housing, education and workforce development; and by partnering with strong organizations such as Homeport.”
"OCCH and Homeport work closely together in so many ways. We raise capital for Homeport’s rental housing projects, manage some of the properties through Community Properties of Ohio Management Services (CPO), make predevelopment and acquisition loans, and provide grants for Homeport’s supportive services."
NeighborWorks America exists today because 40 years ago, a coalition of residents, government officials, bankers and community members envisioned better, more affordable homes in the places where people need them the most.
“Our foundation and community relations organization is focused on poverty, homelessness, and education in underserved communities. A lot of those areas of focus are aligned with the issues Homeport is trying to address."