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.

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

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

On Tuesday, October 3rd, 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 on September 5, 2017

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

On Tuesday September 5th, 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.

Marsh Run Residents: Free Fresh Produce on September 5, 2017

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

On Tuesday September 5th, 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.

Food pantry’s reach expands with move to South Linden [DISPATCH]

Two years after moving from a Short North neighborhood that was no longer poor enough, the food pantry doesn’t want for clients.

“We had a 40 percent increase last year alone,” said Roy Clark, executive director of the 50-year-old agency known as NNEMAP.

The acronym (pronounced NEE-map) used to stand for Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program, a mouthful of a moniker whose geographical reference, thanks to the pantry’s relocation a couple miles northeast to the South Linden area, doesn’t tell the whole story.

Keep reading at Dispatch - Food pantry's reach expands with move to South Linden

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.