FREE Home Weatherization, Gift Card Offer

MORPC, Columbia Gas of Ohio and AEP are offering FREE Home Weatherization

Call (614) 621-1171 Today

*Complete an inspection now through August 31, 2017 and receive a $25 cash gift card
Call (614) 621-1171 Today

Stay cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter and reduce your utility bills! Services may include:

  • FREE furnace tune-up or replacement
  • FREE wall and attic insulation
  • FREE refrigerator replacement
  • FREE light bulb replacement
  • FREE safety checks

You may qualify if:

  • Your household income is at or below the requirements shown in the chart to the right.
  • You reside in Franklin County.
  • You are a Columbia Gas of Ohio customer.
  • You are a PIPP Plus or HEAP customer.

*To receive a gift card, customer must meet program eligibility and the inspection must be fully completed to result in identifying energy improvements to the home.

We want your feedback; gift card for first 20 responses

Thank you for living at a Homeport community. Your feedback is important to us! We invite you to complete this short survey to help us understand how well our communities, programs and services meet your needs and expectations.

As our way of saying “Thank You!” for sharing your thoughts, Homeport will provide Big Lots! gift cards* to the first 20 households who complete our survey.

Homeport is your local resource for quality, affordable housing and connections to customized support that your family may need to create a better life in Central Ohio.

*Only one gift card per household, please.

Franklin County to Host Empowerment Day Resource & Job Fair

August is Child Support Awareness Month and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) want to remind parents that making regular and timely support payments contributes to the wellbeing of their children and helps to ensure that their basic needs are being met. To anyone that is behind or struggling to make their child support payments, Franklin County wants to work with you to help you support your children.
 
Franklin County has partnered with Columbus State, and dozens of other community partners and employers to host the 2017 Franklin County Empowerment Day Resource & Job Fair on Thursday, August 10 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Columbus State Conference Center, 315 Cleveland Avenue. The event is free and open to the entire community.
 
“Events like Empowerment Day are great ways to access community resources, address barriers that may be keeping you from seeing your kids, and/or getting a job to support them,” said Board of Commissioners President John O’Grady. “Thanks to our CSEA team for putting together another great event, and to all of our community partners and employers for their participation.”
 
At Empowerment Day, parents will receive: child support assistance, legal guidance, resources for military veterans and families, a job fair and more. All attendees are encouraged to bring their résumé and to dress as if they’re attending a job interview as they will have the opportunity to meet with area employers that are currently hiring. VisitSupport.FranklinCountyOhio.gov/FC-Empowerment-Day for more info, including a list of employers and social service agencies.
 
“Empowerment Day is a great tool to help parents help themselves and their families,” said Commissioner Marilyn Brown. “I want to encourage any parent that is involved in the child support program, particularly someone that may be struggling with their support order, to attend Empowerment Day. Our team has put together a great mix of organizations that can help you get back or stay on track.”
 
“I’ve heard such great things about this event and I am excited to attend my first Empowerment Day as a county commissioner,” said Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce. “This is truly a one-stop shop for someone who might be struggling with child support – our great staff will be on-hand to help you with your case, community resources will be at your disposal, and we’ll have employers that are hiring in attendance. Kudos to Director Brown for her leadership and to the CSEA staff for putting together another great event”
 
“Franklin County Empowerment Day is one way that Child Support can address the realities of today’s diverse families,” said Susan A. Brown, CSEA Director. “The program has adapted its service mindset to meet changes in family structure, job market, customer demographics and social change.  It’s important for the Agency to take an individualized and balanced approach to every case.  This event provides resources for almost every challenge parents face in their everyday lives.  As families evolve, so does the program, and the Child Support program has now become one of the most significant income support programs for families.”
 
WHAT:
2017 Empowerment Day Resource & Job Fair
 
WHO:
Franklin County Commissioners
Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA)
Columbus State Community College
Community and government service providers
Employers
 
WHERE:
Columbus State Conference Center
315 Cleveland Avenue
 
WHEN:
Thursday, August 10, 2017
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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For more information on the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, call the Office of Public Affairs at (614) 525-3322 or visit commissioners.franklincountyohio.gov.

Back-to-School: Groom and Glam

CAIHS Urban Youth Center
Back-to-School : Groom and Glam

Columbus Area Integrated Health Services invites all school-aged children and parents/guardians to come out for a fun day filled with snacks, games and music . Youth will be treated to a FREE hair style (cut, style or eye brows)!

Gift bags for all participants, and two raffle drawings!!

When: Monday, August 21, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Where: 1221 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205
The CAIHS Urban Youth Center is a youth-friendly, family-oriented, fun, therapeutic, safe haven for youth ages 5-19. Call 614-852-7096 to learn more.

Parents/guardians will attend a 30-minute Healthier Living Lifestyle class focusing on the importance of healthy afterschool snacks, routines and attitudes toward learning.

Marsh Run Residents: Free Fresh Produce

What: Free Fresh Produce
Where: OUTSIDE of Marsh Run Community Center
2393 Canal Bay Way, Columbus, OH 43232
When: Tuesday, August 1st, From 3pm to 5pm or until food runs out!

On Tuesday August 1st, from 3pm to 5pm, Homeport will be hosting a FREE FRESH PRODUCE FAIR at Marsh 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.

Pheasant Run Residents: Free Fresh Produce

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Where: OUTSIDE of Pheasant Run Community Center
2680 Orono Pike, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
When: Tuesday, August 1st, From 3:30pm to 5pm or until food runs out!

On Tuesday August 1st, 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.

Mount Carmel Health Mobile Medical Coach

For more than 30 years the Mount Carmel Health Mobile Medical Coach has been providing free basic medical care to central Ohioans in need. Those with limited access to quality health care can come to a safe, convenient site near where they live to get checkups, receive needed vaccinations, get urgent healthcare, receive mental health counseling, and obtain referrals to community health programs. For more information about their schedule and services call 614-546-4200.

The 40-foot mobile medical coach visits nine sites in central Ohio on a rotating schedule. Inside this urgent care center on wheels are a family practice physician, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, medical technicians, bilingual case workers and administrators who provide the care and support these patients need most.

The Mobile Medical Coach is a vital part of Franklin County’s healthcare safety net, providing free quality care to 4,100 uninsured and under-insured patients last year alone.

See the Mount Carmel Health Mobile Medical Coach SCHEDULE here

The Fifth Third Financial Empowerment Mobile is rolling our way!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2017
3:00PM - 7:00PM

OPEN TO PUBLIC. ENTER-TO-WIN, PRIZES & MORE
WHERE:
Homeport
3443 Agler Road
Columbus, OH 43219

NO NEED TO REGISTER, JUST SHOW UP ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2017

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 Modules
  • Fraud Awareness and Prevention
  • Workforce Development
  • Home Ownership Seminars
  • How to Avoid Foreclosure

Backpacks available!

FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Fifth Third Community Development Corporation and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing announced a commitment to ensure that 1,000 children in grades Pre-K to 12 are starting school at an advantage.

  1. Call the Homeport Resource Line at 614-545-4844 to sign up.
  2. Complete a brief survey to identify the list of supplies your child needs to succeed in school.
  3. Backpacks will be distributed at an on-site event (details to be determined), or shipped to your Property Manager or Homeport Service Coordinators for distribution to participating children.

New Beginnings for New Fathers

Program Calendar for July and August
280 Reeb Avenue Community Center Cohort #7

Fathers, ages 16-25, a new father who is expecting or has a child under the age of 1 that participates can receive an incentive from gift cards to a free pack and play.

For more information please reach out to:

  • Ashiko Hudson, Program Manager, at 614-224-0222 ext. 170
  • Christi Meuser, our Case Manager, at 614-224-0222 ext. 109

 

2017 HEAP Summer Crisis Program - IMPACT Community Action

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The HEAP Summer Crisis Program (SCP) provides electric utility assistance and/or free air conditioners and/or fans to income-eligible households* throughout Columbus and Franklin County.

The SCP runs from Monday, July 3, 2017 through Thursday, August 31, 2017.

The SCP program provides a one-time payment for electric utility service and also assists with PIPP PLUS.

Summer Crisis Program appointments may be scheduled by calling 866.747.1038.

For additional information about other HEAP services, including PIPP Plus, please call 614.252.2799

Click here to print available HEAP Applications 

July Mammogram and Breast Health Education Session at Elim Manor

Mammogram and Breast Health
Education Session

Location: Elim Manor

Please join us on Tuesday, July 11th at 2:00pm in the Elim Manor Community Room for an information session and conversation, with Allison Payten from OhioHealth, on breast cancer screenings, education and awareness.

Light refreshments will be provided.

We will be expanding this program to our other Homeport communities over the next few months, if you are interested in obtaining a mammogram or breast health related education please reach out to us to get connected with Allison Payten.

Please call Jill Guinan, Homeport Service Coordinator at 614-545-4832 if you have any questions. Or, email jill.guinan@homeportohio.org

2017 Summer Camp: Georges Creek & Marsh Run

2017 Summer Camp

Georges Creek & Marsh Run

Join us for this year’s Community MECCA Summer Camp registration. Homeport is excited to partner with Columbus Area Integrated Health Services to offer summer program that consist of:

  • Language Arts and Math
  • Crafts and Games
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • Interpersonal and Social-Emotional Learning Skills
  • Nutrition and Fitness and Sports
  • Educational Field Trips

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Registering Kindergarten Graduates - 8th Grade

Program Runs June - August, Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Must register and complete orientation for student to attend

To register or for questions about registration please contact:

Mark Childs
 614-545-4130 | mark.childs@homeportohio.org


Marsh Run On-Site Registration Times

  • Week of May 29th-June 3rd
    Monday (by appointment only), Wednesday and Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm

  • Week of June 5th -June 9th
    Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm

Georges Creek On-Site Registration Times

  • Week of May 29th-June 3rd
    Monday (by appointment only), Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm

  • Week of June 5th -June 9th
    Tuesday and Thursday 5:00pm -6:00pm


To register or for questions about registration please contact:

Mark Childs
 614-545-4130 | mark.childs@homeportohio.org

 

Mammogram and Breast Health Education Session at Eastway Senior Community

Mammogram and Breast Health
Education Session

Eastway Village

Please join us on Wednesday, May 31st at 1:00pm in the Eastway Community Room for an information session and conversation, with Allison Payten from OhioHealth, on breast cancer screenings, education and awareness.

Light refreshments will be provided.

We will be expanding this program to our other Homeport communities over the next few months, if you are interested in obtaining a mammogram or breast health related education please reach out to us to get connected with Allison Payten.

Please call Jill Guinan, Homeport Service Coordinator at 614-545-4832 if you have any questions. Or, email
jill.guinan@homeportohio.org

 

Amended Credit Reports Could Open Door To Home Ownership

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Score One For Consumers

By Layden Hale

When does a minor become a major? You may learn this summer. That is when as many as 12 million Americans could see a slight increase in their credit scores, opening the door for the biggest purchase of their lives – a home.

After significant consumer complaints, and pressure from 31 state attorney generals, the three major credit bureaus have agreed to make changes. Come July, some civil judgments and tax liens will be removed from credit scoring calculations. And that could be a game changer for someone narrowly denied a loan on a previous application.

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Youth programming available for residents

Capital University students have mentored Homeport children since 2013. In April 2017, Marsh Run Apartment children visited Capital, to see what college could be about. Follow their journey here.

Homeport has several types of youth programming available for residents, including summer camp options at select communities. For more information, please call 614-545-4844

Pursue your post-secondary education with E3 Program

If you have a dream to pursue post-secondary education, but life keeps getting in the way, the E3 Program can help.

E3 MAXIMIZES YOU:
• Connects you with women who share your dream of education
• Builds your confidence
• Offers support where and when YOU need it
• Provides a preparation course designed to help you succeed in higher education
• Matches you with a mentor from the Women’s Leadership Council
E3 REQUIREMENTS ARE FEW:
• Women, 18 years or older
• High school diploma or GED with 9th Grade reading/Math skills
• Work experience
• Current employment or some other means of financial support
• Motivated to pursue higher education and reach a new level of financial security for you
and your family

E3 Partners: Apprisen | Godman Guild Association | New Directions Career Center | United Way of Central Ohio

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
New Directions Career Center at 614-849-0028 then dial (0) to speak to our receptionist or email E3interest@newdirectionscc.org

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