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.

OHFA Anticipates Completion of the State's Foreclosure Prevention Program

$101 Million Still Available to Assist Struggling Ohio Homeowners

COLUMBUS – With 80 percent of its allocated funds distributed on behalf of 16,560 Ohio homeowners facing foreclosure, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) today announced plans to bring its Save the Dream Ohio effort to a close during the next year and a half.

Save the Dream Ohio was funded with $570.4 million through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund. Since the program's inception in 2010, Ohio has served as a leader among the 18 states and the District of Columbia who received a portion of the funds.

"Throughout the last four years, OHFA and its partners have worked with Treasury to implement and modify the Save the Dream Ohio program to address the state's evolving needs and keep Ohio families in their homes," said OHFA Executive Director Doug Garver. "Thanks to the outstanding efforts of housing counseling agencies across the state as well as more than 400 mortgage servicers, this program has made a swift and progressive impact on Ohio's communities."

In addition to the $226 million OHFA distributed, the Agency also committed $75 million to assist Ohio families with ongoing mortgage assistance. With approximately $101 million remaining, the Agency estimates that the program can assist an additional 6,400 homeowners. Based on these projections, OHFA will no longer accept registrations after April 30. OHFA will continue to process completed registrations until July 31. The Agency expects to close all remaining applications in 2015, more than two years ahead of the U.S. Department of the Treasury's 2017 program deadline.

OHFA encourages Ohio homeowners facing default or foreclosure to visit www.savethedream.ohio.gov to learn more about the program, complete a few simple questions to determine eligibility and register. Individuals can also register by calling the toll-free Save the Dream Ohio hotline at 888-404-4674.

In August, the Agency announced approval from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to utilize up to $60 million of uncommitted program funds to assist with preventing foreclosures and stabilizing local property values through the removal of blighted and vacant properties. OHFA will announce the results of the first round of funding for the Neighborhood Initiative Program on February 28.

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About the Ohio Housing Finance Agency
OHFA is a self-supporting quasi-public agency governed by an eleven member board. The Agency uses federal and state resources to provide housing opportunities for families and individuals through programs designed to develop, preserve and sustain affordable housing throughout the state of Ohio. OHFA is also the administrator of the state's foreclosure prevention program, Save the Dream Ohio.


Don’t wait another minute. Homeport can help YOU now – even if you have missed several payments or have received foreclosure documents. Foreclosure prevention counseling is available for individuals and families who have fallen behind with their mortgage payments. The goal is to provide the information and tools necessary to maintain home ownership by identifying the cause of default or delinquency, intervention strategies, and reviewing budgeting skills. Financial assistance is available through the Ohio Home Rescue Fund for those who qualify.

Call 614-221-8889 ext 134 to discuss this or other programs.

Homeport partners with Jewish Family Services for Senior Service Coordination

In spring 2013, Homeport launched a new multi-site service coordination partnership with Jewish Family Services. Jewish Family Services has a long and respected history of providing quality supportive services. We would like to highlight our partner supervisor and service coordinators for Fieldstone, Elim Manor, and Eastway Village. 

Danielle Ruben, M.S.W., LISW-S, Community Support Program Coordinator at Jewish Family Services, has over 10 years experience assisting individuals with crisis stabilization, financial stability planning, community resource linkage, and individual counseling. Danielle has been with Jewish Family Services since 2009. Prior to working at Jewish Family Services, Danielle was at Mt. Carmel East Hospital. She worked both in the Emergency Department, along with discharge planning with patients. Danielle has also worked with children in various agencies throughout her career. Outside of work Danielle enjoys time with her husband and 3 sons. In addition, Danielle is a passionate runner who loves training for Half Marathons, along with spending time outdoors.



Doug Grote. I am the Service Coordinator for Homeport’s senior facilities at Eastway Village, Elim Manor and Fieldstone Court. I am a 2013 graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and I recently passed my test to become a Licensed Social Worker. I became interested in working with the elderly as I helped my parents care for my aging grandparents. I also helped care for my great grandmother who lived to be 106. I enjoy about working with Homeport because I am passionate about interacting with the residents and helping those residents get connected to the services they need. I grew up on a farm in Greenville, Ohio and I lived with my parents and younger sister. I was a 10 year member of 4-H, showing pigs and rabbits. I won Darke County Junior Fair Professional Showmanship. It was my proudest achievement in 4-H and it is the only trophy I have kept. My first official job was delivering pizza for Little Caesar’s. The most interesting job I have held was working for Walt Disney World as part of the Disney College Program. I am an avid reader and comic book collector. I also enjoy computer and video games. I started collecting Disney Pins when I was a Disney Cast Member and have continued to add to my collection. I am also a big sports fan and my favorite teams are the Crew, Blue Jackets, Clippers, Buckeyes, Reds, Bengals, BG Falcons, and Tampa Bay Rays.



Volunteers needed for upcoming June events

Homeport is currently looking for volunteers to assist at the Marsh Run resource fair and fresh produce distribution on June 5th from 2:00 pm – 6:30pm. The resource fair events are an opportunity to connect residents to helpful organizations in the community they may not be aware of, provide them with resources such as health connections and fresh produce, and motivate residents to make positive changes in their lives. Volunteers are needed to help set up, bag and distribute approximately 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to the residents in attendance, as well as help out with the community cookout and children’s activities that will be going on during the event.

Other opportunities:

  • June 7th from 9:00am – 12:00pm we are looking for volunteers to assist at Pheasant Run with a bench building project. We are working on a build out area around our resident led community garden. Volunteers will be assisting with the assembly and installation of four benches, planting too bushes, installing rod décor, painting plant boxes and the installation of a storage shed.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to assist with our summer camp programming. We will have 5 locations running June 17th from August 9th Monday through Friday from 9am – 3pm. Please contact Rachel today for more details about how to get involved!


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

Neighborhood marketing plan highlighted at national conference

When the NeighborWorks America Stable Communities Initiative was starting to develop their new Home Marketing and Sales Guide, Homeport was honored to provide insight from our own experiences as an example for others to learn from. Our North of Broad neighborhood, where much has been learned in its eight years of redevelopment, served as the perfect case study.

Abigail Mack and Emily Moser, Homeport Home Ownership’s Director and Project Manager, presented the NoBo Marketing Strategy to a national audience at NeighborWorks' most recent Training Institute in Portland, Oregon. The workshop served as a roll-out for the new guide–providing an overview and offering creative strategies, customizable tools, and practical advice to assist participants in developing and implementing a successful home marketing and sales program.

For more information on the Home Marketing and Sales Guide and to see how it can be put to use in your community, please visit the Stable Communities Initiative website.

African Rhythms in Paint, Act 2

Homeport Gallery is welcoming Suzanne Accetta back with her body of work, African Rhythms in Paint, Act 2.  Come help us celebrate the opening of the exhibit!

Stop by for art, light refreshments, and the chance to chat with the artist!

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Date: Friday, May 17, 2013
Location: 779 E Long St (next to the Lincoln Theatre)

If you cannot make it out for the reception, the exhibit will be up through July 7th.

RSVP and invite your Facebook friends!

Suzanne Accetta has been drawing and painting for over thirty-five years. Accetta’s paintings are exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally in public, private and corporate collections as well as juried exhibitions. In May 2011, her series African Rhythms in Paint was the inaugural exhibition for the new Homeport Gallery at the Lincoln Theatre. Accetta was featured in Columbus Monthly, American Artist Magazine, Watercolorpainting.com and in the book The Complete Colored Pencil Book. Her biography is included in Who’s Who In American Art. Recently, Accetta was selected to appear in two publications; The Best Of Worldwide Watermedia and The Best Of America Portraits And Figures. Presently she works primarily in watercolor and in all her art, she tries to emphasize character, expression and feeling. Calvin J. Goodman wrote in the July, 1989 issue of American Artist Magazine, “Accetta tries to employ some narrative elements in every painting. She is a keen student of faces and human anatomy. As a result, her work shows great empathy for her subjects.” Accetta is a much sought after lecturer, demonstrator, juror, and teacher. She has illustrated children’s books for Continental Press and teaches drawing and painting at Otterbein University in the Department of Theatre and Dance. 



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. 


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.

Independent Foreclosure Review Update April 2013

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Homeport is here to help if you are uncertain about what to do during a foreclosure. 


March 18, 2013

$9.3 Billion in Payments and Foreclosure Assistance to Begin in April 2013

On March 18, 2013, more than 4.2 million people were sent postcard notices about payments they will receive as a result of an agreement between federal banking regulators and 13 mortgage servicers. As a result of this agreement, the Independent Foreclosure Review ceased at those servicers. A full list of companies and their affiliates or subsidiaries covered by the agreement are listed below.

The agreement provides $3.6 billion in cash payments to borrowers covered by the agreement. Borrowers covered by the agreement include those whose primary residences were in any stage of the foreclosure process in 2009 or 2010 and whose mortgages were serviced by one of the participating servicers.

Payments are expected to range from a few hundred dollars to $125,000. By accepting the payment, borrowers do not waive any legal claims against their servicer and may pursue additional actions related to their foreclosure.

In most cases, a letter with an enclosed check sent by the Paying Agent—Rust Consulting, Inc.—will arrive in 4 to 8 weeks. Some borrowers may receive a letter from Rust requesting additional tax-related information that will be needed to process their payment. Correspondence will be sent at the direction of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.The federal banking regulators will provide more details about the payments in early April.

To verify that you are covered by the agreement or to update contact information, call Rust Consulting at 1-888-952-9105. Information provided to Rust will only be used for purposes relating to the agreement.

If you need additional help with foreclosure prevention, please contact the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline at 888-995-HOPE (4673) (or at www.makinghomeaffordable.gov) and they can put you in touch with a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved nonprofit organization that can provide free assistance.

While the agreement ended the Independent Foreclosure Review for 13 companies, the review process for more than 450,000 eligible borrowers serviced by OneWest, Everbank, and GMAC Mortgage continues because these companies did not enter into the agreement with federal banking regulators. Regulators expect the review process for these companies to be completed over the course of the coming year. Eligible borrowers at these servicers who requested a review will receive information about the outcome of their review when that information is available.

Answers to frequently asked questions and other information about the agreement and the Independent Foreclosure Review are available at https://independentforeclosurereview.com/Settled.aspx and the Web sites of the OCC (www.occ.gov/independentforeclosurereview) and the Federal Reserve (http://www.federalreserve.gov/consumerinfo/independent-foreclosure-review.htm).

Companies and their affiliates or subsidiaries covered by the agreement include:

America's Servicing Company Countrywide PNC Mortgage
Aurora Loan Services EMC Mortgage Corporation Saxon Mortgage
BAC Home Loans Servicing Goldman Sachs Sovereign Bank
Bank of America HFC SunTrust Mortgage
Beneficial HSBC U.S. Bank
Chase Litton Loan Servicing Wachovia Mortgage
Citibank MetLife Bank Washington Mutual (WaMu)
CitiFinancial Morgan Stanley Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
CitiMortgage National City Mortgage Wilshire Credit Corporation


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Shop with local retailers and help Homeport!

Are you looking for an easy way to support Homeport? 
ENROLL or RENEW now for the 2013–2014 Kroger Community Rewards Program and designate "Columbus Housing Partnership" (legacy from our old name) as the organization you would like to help.

There is no cost to join and you help us provide services to low income families just by shopping. Please renew or enroll now at Kroger Community Rewards.

The steps are easy:

  • First choose "Enroll Now" under the 'Columbus, OH' section.
  • Search for Columbus Housing Partnership as your designated organization.
  • Select our name from the list below.
  • Save your selection, and that's it!

Once you enroll (or renew for 2013) Kroger will donate a percentage of your purchase each time you use your Plus Card. Thank you so much for your support!


Eastway Village construction almost complete

The finish line is in sight for construction on Homeport’s latest senior community – Eastway Village, located at 4237 East Broad Street in Whitehall. When completed sometime this spring, the development will feature 66 total units of senior housing (residents 55 or older).

  • 36 one-bedroom units in a 2-story elevator building (tentative move-in May 2013)
  • 30 two-bedroom cottage units with washer/dryer hook-ups, select cottages have garages (tentative move-in March 2013)
  • Units available to those at 30%, 50% and 60% AMI (some subsidized units available for residents 62 or older)

Community space will include:

  • Community room
  • Computer room
  • Library
  • Solarium
  • Exercise room
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Landscaped campus with pond and gardens
  • Supportive Services provided

For more information about renting a home at Eastway Village please contact Ron Desmond from Wallick Properties at 614-437-2532.

Victorian Heritage Community Input Meeting

Homeport proposes the complete rehabilitation of 59 Section-8 rental units located in three clusters of historically-significant apartment buildings in North-Central Columbus.  Homeport’s acquisition of the properties will preserve affordability for current and prospective tenants.

Homeport plans an extensive renovation that will significantly improve quality of life for residents, while maintaining high management standards and the provision of additional resident services. Renovations will maintain the historic character of the older buildings in this portfolio, while enhancing the interior spaces, updating mechanicals, and providing other significant upgrades as needed.
The properties are located at;
Clark and Dennison 
High and King
Fifth and Hamlet 

Join us Thursday, January 31 from 6:00PM - 7:00PM at the Schoenbaum Family Center located at 175 E. 7th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201. If you cannot attend, please visit www.victorianheritage.blogspot.com to get information and leave feedback. 

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Elim Manor Opening Celebration

Please join us in celebrating the opening of Elim Manor – Homeport's newest senior community!

You will have a chance to take a tour, as well as hear from our partners:
First Church of God, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, Huntington Bank, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Red Capital Group, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Franklin County Commisioners.

Help us welcome residents by bringing the following items:
Personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, new makeup, etc.), books, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent.

Opening Celebration
Time: 1:00pm
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Light refreshments will be served.
Location: Elim Manor,  3180 Elim Manor Court
Columbus, OH 43232
Get directions here

RSVP by Friday, December 7th by clicking here
or by calling Lauren Ashe, Events Coordinator, at 614-545-4838.

Reception at Homeport Gallery

Please join us for a reception as we celebrate the closing of Jazz: An Improvisation, featuring the work of Mike Fields, Stephen Pariser, and James E. Wright. The show includes a diverse history of jazz with photographic, portraiture, and abstract perspectives.

A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit The Jazz Academy of the Jazz Arts Group, located in the historic Lincoln Theatre.

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Location: 779 E Long St (next to the Lincoln Theatre)

If you cannot make it out for the reception, the exhibit will be up through December 2nd.

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook!

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Options abound for schooling in our communities

Through Columbus City Schools’ School Choice/Lottery program, parents have multiple options when it comes to sending their kids to school. Both Community Choice and Interdistrict Open Enrollment apply to conventional school lottery applications. A Community Choice school is one within your own Elementary Community or the Center City Community. An Open Enrollment school is a school in a community other than those designated Community Choice for you.

Whether your child has an interest in science, math, technology, arts, literature, or project adventure, this process allows families to apply to schools that best suit their needs.

While any family may apply for open enrollment, the lottery program does give priority to residents of certain communities.

For more information and to find out if you could be eligible for priority in the lottery process, visit the Columbus City Schools website and click on “Enroll Today” to learn more!

An Evening of Jazz and Wine

Join us for an evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres at Homeport Gallery. Camelot Cellars will be joining us to provide a tasting of some of their premier wines while you enjoy music from jazz guitarist, Paul Cohn. There is currently a photography exhibit in the gallery by Kojo Kamau and Kevin D. Willis that highlights the beauties of Columbus. 

Stop by on your way to the Heritage Concert Series at Mayme Moore Park or the Downtown Live concert series at Columbus Commons!

Find out more about Paul Cohn and his music here.

Learn more about Camelot Cellars, too!

Fifth Third Bank Partners to Empower Communities

Get on board for an experience like no other. The Fifth Third Financial Empowerment Mobile is a financial services eBus where you can experience...

  • Assistance with requesting your Credit Report
  • Financial Education
  • Fraud Awareness and Prevention
  • Internet Banking and Bill Payment Demonstrations
  • Home Ownership Counseling
  • How to Avoid Foreclosure

Homeport staff will be in attendance at the following times to explain our services and how we can help:

Saturday, July 21 from 11:00am - 6:00pm
Jazz & Rib Fest | Spring Street, Columbus OH 43215
Tuesday, July 24 from 9:00am - 4:00pm
Homeport | 562 E Main St, Columbus OH 43215
Wednesday, July 25 from 9:00am - 4:00pm
St. Stephens House | 1500 E 17th Ave, Columbus OH 43219
Friday, July 27 from 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ohio State Fair | 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus OH 43211
Saturday, July 28 from 8:00am - 3:00pm
Mexican Consulate | 2883 Valleyview Dr, Columbus OH 43204

Click here to view the flier with all dates and locations.

Homeport Housing Advisory Center highlighted on Moving Forward video

Tune in to the latest episode of Moving Forward - a community show highlighting business and community resources in Central Ohio - to hear Netta Whitman explain the programs offered by the Homeport Housing Advisory Center.

Hosted by President of the Mt. Vernon Avenue District Improvement Association Al Edmondson, this episode also highlights educational resources offered by I Know I Can and youth development opportunities through Rodgers Neighborhood Basketball.