Columbus Community College 22+ Diploma Program

Community Information Session

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Join us on

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Marsh Run Community Center
2393 Canal Bay Way, Columbus, OH 43232

Did you exit high school before earning your high school diploma or GED, and are now over the age of 22? Are you looking for ways to further your education in the new year?  

Join us for pizza, beverages and an informational session about the Columbus State Community College 22+ Diploma Program. This state funded diploma program is available at no cost for Ohio residents who exited high school before earning a high school diploma or GED.

The program is entirely online and includes a dedicated academic coach and 24x7 tutoring.

To RSVP:

 

 

Ohio Capital Impact Corporation (OCIC) - Jerry Grier Scholarships

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2018 Jerry Grier Scholarships

The Jerry Grier Scholarship Program, funded through the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation (OCIC) and administered by I Know I Can (IKIC), provides the opportunity to apply for the award of both a tuition and performance based scholarship

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident in good standing named on a lease of Community Properties of Ohio (CPO) or other properties of which Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) is an investor. Please see your property manager for confirmation.
  •  Must be enrolled in a college, university, or trade/professional school and registered part-time or full-time.
  • Additional eligibility requirements can be found in the 2018 Jerry Grier Scholarship Application.

Applications Due by Monday, March 26th, 2018

For additional information or to apply, contact:
Jessica Williams
jessica.williams@homeportohio.org
614-545-4802

Be Careful On Speedy Tax Return Services

Form 1040EZ

Form 1040EZ

By Layden Hale

Have a pending bill and think you can cover it fast by filing your federal tax returns?

Two words of advice: be careful.

There is nothing wrong or illegal about seeking your tax return money as quickly as possible. The question you need to ask yourself is whether the terms are worth it.

Layden Hale

Layden Hale

Millions of Americans file their tax returns using the government’s 1040EZ form. Filed electronically, the return form can lead to a check in 4 to 6 weeks.

Rapid refund companies, however, promise returns of 24 to 48 hours if they electronically file your return on your behalf.

The companies calculate your return and give you a check for that amount — minus a fee for tax preparation that can be hundreds of dollars.

Until they receive your check, the funds you received from them are considered a loan. If the loan exceeds the estimated refund from the government, you may be stuck with a very high interest rate on the difference that over a year could reach 25 percent.

Unfortunately, these “loans” can particularly appeal to individuals of low to moderate income, living paycheck to paycheck, who have bills to pay – now – be it rent, utilities or credit cards stressed from holiday spending.

There are options to file taxes for free on line and receive your refund in perhaps three to four weeks instead of the standard six. Check out www.IRS.gov/filing/free-file if your income is below $66,000.

You may also want to visit www.211centralohio.org, Hands On Central Ohio’s Directory of Human Services, for a list of free filing locations. Or, just call 211.

Using free services allows you to receive the maximum return. The savings from not using a Rapid Refund service could supplement your emergency savings account, or to start such an account if you do not have one already.

Homeport is a credit budget counseling provider for its residents and the general public. Contact us at 614 221-8889 if you would like a counseling session.

(Layden Hale is a Senior Counseling Advisor at Homeport with over 30 years of experience in the finance industry.)

Mammogram Truck Visiting Younger Population

OhioHealth mammography truck visited Eastway Village in 2017.

OhioHealth mammography truck visited Eastway Village in 2017.

Marsh Run, Kimberly Meadows and Raspberry Glen To Benefit

Homeport’s commitment to improve the lives of working and younger women living in its communities will get a boost in early February when OhioHealth's mobile mammogram truck visits Marsh Run.

Maggie Wilson

Maggie Wilson

The truck was sent to Homeport’s Eastway Village senior community in August, but will now serve younger residents in Marsh Run and neighboring apartment communities Kimberly Meadows and Raspberry Glen on Saturday Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Mammograms are recommended for women starting at age 40 and we decided to do it on a Saturday so working residents could make it,” said Homeport Service Coordinator Maggie Wilson.

“Breast cancer tends to be more aggressive with people who are diagnosed at a younger age,” said Allison Payten, Program Manager of the Office of Health Equity in the OhioHealth Research & Innovation Institute.

The mammogram truck conveniently offers state of the art technology with safety, privacy and accuracy associated with screening at traditional testing locations.

It is part of OhioHealth's initiative to bring health services to communities traditionally underserved. African- American women in Central Ohio are dying from breast cancer at a 33 percent higher rate than their white counterparts.  

“Nearly half of all breast cancer deaths in Franklin County among African-American women come from five Columbus ZIP codes. 43232, where we are having the (Marsh Run) event, is one of them,” Payten said.

The mammogram service for residents extends from Homeport’s strategic commitment to be laser focused on its residents through quality affordable housing and supporting health and financial education services.

(Women 40 and over in Marsh Run, Kimberly Meadows and Raspberry Glen can call 614 566-5436 for an appointment for a free breast cancer screening when the OhioHealth truck parks outside the Marsh Run community center on Feb. 10.)

South High School Community Resource Fair

Wednesday, February 7th from 2:45pm - 6:15pm
South High Cafeteria
South High School, 1160 Ann St., Columbus, Ohio 43206

South High School will be hosting a Community Resource Fair in the school cafeteria from 2:45pm - 6:15pm, in conjunction with the school’s parent-teacher conferences.  This resource fair hopes to empower the families who are coming into the building by helping connect them with various resources from all manner of community organizations. 

Mental Health Workshop for Youth

Saturday, February 17, 2018  from 9:00am – 4:30 pm
Parsons Library, 1113 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43206

Registration:  Joni Heard, joni.head@uwcentralohio.org  614-227-2745

Who should attend:  Youth 12-18 years of age

Franklin County Youth Council and the United Way of Central Ohio Neighborhood Training Academy promote 2018 February National Mental Health Awareness by conducting a Youth Mental Health First Aid workshop.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for youth who interact with their peers and allowing them to identify mental health challenges and how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

 

 

 

 

Homeport Partners With 'Dress For Success'

Residents Seeking Employment To Benefit From New Relationship

Dress For Success, 1204 N. High Street.

Dress For Success, 1204 N. High Street.

Enter “Dress for Success” on North High Street and you will see tables covered with jewelry, baskets of stylish and colorful scarves, a wall of handbags and rows of dresses, pants, skirts, and blouses.

But while the store resembles other Short North boutiques, it serves a special social mission – enabling individuals to wear "gently used" professional clothing at job interviews. In late 2017, Dress for Success became another important resource partner of Homeport and its residents.

Dress for Success Administrative Manager Jessica Bradbury, left, and Homeport Resident Service Coordinator Maggie Wilson.

Dress for Success Administrative Manager Jessica Bradbury, left, and Homeport Resident Service Coordinator Maggie Wilson.

“Dress for Success provides professional and business attire to women who need an outfit for an interview,” said Homeport Service Coordinator Maggie Wilson. “Once the client has landed a job she can return and get five additional workplace outfits, including bags, shoes, and jewelry.”

Residents of Homeport are eligible to tap into this community resource with an on-line referral made by Homeport. Once in, residents can use other Dress for Success services.

“Dress for Success operates a Career Center where women can search for jobs, work on their resume, and participate in work-readiness programs,” Wilson said.  “Clients are also eligible to apply for membership in the Women’s Professional Group and Women2Women, a mentoring program which connects employed women with professional role models.”

Recently, Dress for Success has also started carrying scrubs and casual clothes like jeans due to the increase in state tested nursing assistant and warehouse jobs becoming available in the Central Ohio area.

The new relationship with Dress for Success is part of Homeport's strategic goal of being laser focused on the stability and success of the 5,700 residents living in Homeport communities. Are you interested in learning more about Dress for Success? Please contact our Homeport Resident Services Line at at 614.545.4844.

Perseverance

Kathy Carter, second from right, celebrates closing. Left of her is Homeport's Brenda Moncrief. On the far left is real estate agent Melle Eldridge of King Thompson. On the right is Gail Blizzard, Vice President & Mortgage Lender at Park National Bank.

Kathy Carter, second from right, celebrates closing. Left of her is Homeport's Brenda Moncrief. On the far left is real estate agent Melle Eldridge of King Thompson. On the right is Gail Blizzard, Vice President & Mortgage Lender at Park National Bank.

2017 Brings Record Year In Lease-Option Program

Since 2012, Kathy Carter has been eligible to purchase the Northeast Columbus home she had leased from Homeport since 1997. But wanting it and making it happen are definitely different, Carter said.

“I had a lot of financial hardships, not even knowing how to pay rent at times let alone buying a house,” the Framingham Village resident said.

That changed on Dec. 29, the final business day of 2017, when she signed paperwork that made her 4-bedroom, 1 ½ bath residence her home.

The end of year closing was the eleventh in 2017 for Homeport in its lease option program that, under terms of the construction financing, require the homes to be rented for 15 years before a sale can take place to the person or family in it the 15th year or beyond.

While Carter’s story is heartwarming by the length of time – twenty years -- it took her to transition from renter to owner at her home, it is not unusual in terms of the work homeownership requires – income, credit scores and general homebuyer education.

“We tell them, ‘we’ll be there to help you but it is up to you to cross that finish line,’” said Homeport Lease Option Program Manager Brenda Moncrief. “’We’ll give you the tools (counseling, courses), but it is up to you to do the work.”

Also closing on a Homeport lease-option home in December was Greater Linden Homes resident Sherry White. After leasing her home seven years, White came home after the closing and said to herself, “‘This is my home.’’’

Greater Linden Homes resident Sherry White, second from right, at her closing in December.

Greater Linden Homes resident Sherry White, second from right, at her closing in December.

Her message: “Clean up your credit and get what you want. That is the most important thing. And have faith in your Realtor, Lender and the Grace of God. Learn what to do and how to do it.”

Homeport’s Moncrief said there is a message about the last two sales from 2017.

“Both of these residents put in the work and made it to the finish line. They did not stop when they got that first ‘no.’ We want to encourage other residents when you get to that first roadblock … don’t stop. Keep working and you will get that American Dream.”

Homeport has sold 24 lease-option homes since 2013 and has a total of 142 homes eligible for purchase in its Framingham, Greater Linden, Kingsford, Joyce and Southeast Columbus single family lease-option communities.

Are you a resident of one of the following Homeport communities?

  1. Framingham Homes
  2. Greater Linden Homes
  3. Southeast Columbus Homes
  4. Kingsford Homes
  5. Mariemont Homes
  6. Joyce Homes
  7. Southside Homes
  8. Fairview Homes

If you are living in a Homeport lease option community (see above) it's time to start thinking about the transition from renting your home to purchasing. Please contact Brenda Moncrief, Homeport Lease Option Program Manager at 614.545.4816.

 

 

Meet your Homeport Service Coordinators.

Meet your Homeport Service Coordinators

Video courtesy of American Association of Service Coordinators.

Service coordinators are a valuable member of the management team in affordable housing communities. They typically have social work or human services education and experience. The role of the service coordinator is to link elderly, people with disabilities and low-income families to supportive services and other community resources. http://www.servicecoordinator.org/

Milo-Grogan Event Delivers Vision, Memories

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Groundbreaking Celebrates Revitalization Initiative

A ground-breaking ceremony for the revitalization of Milo-Grogan not only stirred the neighborhood’s earth but memories with it.

The once proud working class community was undercut – and divided – with the construction of Interstate 71 in the 1960s, resulting in the demolition of an estimated 400 businesses and homes.

“Individuals and families were adversely affected. Manufacturing jobs were lost. People moved. As time wore on, other homes became vacant, abandoned and demolished,” Homeport President and CEO Bruce Luecke told 100-plus attendees of a special program on Nov. 29.

Read the story here

First Residents Moving In At Hamilton Crossing

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‘I’m Starting Over, And I’m Excited About That’

When Belinda Spinosi in mid-November moved into Homeport's Hamilton Crossing in Whitehall, she became the first resident of the 64-unit apartment building built for seniors. Yet Spinosi, approaching 60, said that the experience so far reminds her of graduating Central High School in 1975.

“I’m starting over and I’m excited about that,” Spinosi said.

Read Belinda's story here

Is it time to purchase your lease option home?

If you are living in a Homeport lease option community (see below) it's time to start thinking about the transition from renting your home to purchasing. Please contact Brenda Moncrief, Homeport Lease Option Program Manager, at 614.545.4816 or use the form below.

If you are living in a Homeport lease option community (see below) it's time to start thinking about the transition from renting your home to purchasing. Please contact Brenda Moncrief, Homeport Lease Option Program Manager, at 614.545.4816 or use the form below.

Are you a resident of one of the following Homeport communities? It's time to start thinking about the transition from renting your home to purchasing.

  1. Framingham Homes
  2. Greater Linden Homes
  3. Southeast Columbus Homes
  4. Kingsford Homes
  5. Mariemont Homes
  6. Joyce Homes
  7. Southside Homes
  8. Fairview Homes

Please contact Brenda Moncrief, Homeport Lease Option Program Manager, at 614.545.4816.

Need a Job? Need a Better Job?? - Columbus Works Can Help

We Have the Connections, With over 40 Employer Partners, That want to HIRE YOU!!!                                                         

We Have the Connections, With over 40 Employer Partners, That want to HIRE YOU!!!                                                         

Columbus Works mission is to help people achieve success. We work with individuals step-by-step to make a better life for them and their families. We have connections with local employers and we help our members to find employment. Once they graduate from our workshop we consider them members for life. 

Our members get the chance to build the skills they need to find and keep a good job with benefits and to provide for their families, pay their bills and save money.

Upcoming information session for anyone who may be interested in attending a workshop to learn more call 614-493-8370 NOW to RESERVE YOUR seat.

Orientation will take place at 888 Parsons Ave. Columbus, OH 43206

ORIENTATION:

  •  Friday, November 10th - 9:00AM  or 12:30PM
  • Monday, November 13th - 9:00AM  or 12:30PM

 To Learn More Visit: www.columbusworks.org    

 

Scholarships available for college-bound Homeport residents

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2017-2018 Stepping Off to College Program Application Opens

Award Description & Eligibility Requirements
Deadline: October 17, 2017

Award Description:
GCCHH’s Stepping Off to College Program provides award winners laptop computer packages after completion of college readiness, time management, financial literacy, health, computer literacy, table manners, etiquette, branding and social skills workshops. Award winners must participate in six all-day program workshops to be eligible to receive award prizes. Additionally, award recipients are required to attend the annual GCCHH banquet on April 7, 2018 at the Hilton Easton. Award winners must abide by all Stepping Off to College Program requirements to be eligible for award prizes.

Award prizes may include:

  • Laptop computer with Microsoft Office 2010
  • Color printer, ink cartridges
  • Laptop carrying case
  • College dorm package

Award winners will have the chance to win other prizes which may include:

  • Flat screen TV
  • Mini refrigerator
  • iPad mini tablet
  • Microwave Oven
  • Gift cards

About the Organizations:

Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Inc. (GCCHH) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which provides a ‘helping hand’ to economically challenged students to enable them to achieve their educational and career goals.
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) is a nonprofit that works with private and public developers to create affordable housing opportunities. OCCH has several affiliates which include a philanthropic affiliate, Ohio Capital Impact Corporation (OCIC), and a property management affiliate Community Properties of Ohio Management Services (CPO). Together these organizations have partnered with GCCHH to offer Homeport residents a chance to participate in the GCCHH 2017-2018 Stepping Off to College Program.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

College bound Homeport residents who will be attending college fall 2018 are welcomed to apply for this award. Other requirements must be met. See eligibility requirements below. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher based on a 4.0 scale
  2. Applicants must plan on attending an accredited public or private college or university in the United States
  3. Applicants must demonstrate financial need (based on students current completed FAFSA) due October 17, 2017
  4. Applicants must be pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree during the 2017/2018 school year. Applicants may include any one of the following:

a)    Current high school seniors who will be graduating during the 2017/2018 school year and going to college for the 2017/2018 school year
b)    Residents currently in college pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
c)    Residents who are not currently in high school or college, but who will be seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree during the 2017/2018 school year
 

Want an Application? Have Questions? Here’s who to Contact:

Jessica Williams
Homeport Education and Engagement Manager
614.545-4802 or jessica.williams@homeportohio.org

Workshop Dates

  • Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • October 28, November 4 and December 9, 2017
  • January 27,  February 17 and March 10, 2018

Franklin County Public Health to Host Mass Flu Shot Clinic on October 3rd 6-8pm

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Franklin County Public Health is hosting a mass flu shot clinic. Flu shots will be FREE to anyone six months and older. No appointment or ID needed.

Here are the details of the flu clinic:

October 3, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Franklin County Fairgrounds (4100 Columbia St. Hilliard 43026)

Click the link below to download the flyers. Please post and share.  

Pheasant Run Residents: Free Fresh Produce on Tuesday, October 3rd

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Where: OUTSIDE of Pheasant Run Community Center
2680 Orono Pike, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

When: Tuesday, October 3rd, From 3pm to 5pm or until food runs out!

On Tuesday, October 3rd, from 3:30pm to 5pm, Homeport will be hosting a FREE FRESH PRODUCE FAIR at Pheasant Run Community Center! Please bring your own BAGS and BOXES to carry produce home, and do not block the distribution area with parked cars. Produce will be available first come first serve.

Resident volunteers are welcome to help out.
Produce Fairs will be held RAIN or SHINE, but not in storms.
For translation or questions, please call 614-545-4844.