Homeport’s 2018 Voice & Vision honoree is Rev. John Edgar, an original Homeport Board of Directors member in 1987. Listen to his fascinating recollection of how people from different backgrounds and perspectives came together in support of affordable housing.
“We need more affordable rental housing for low-income people. Governmental shifts supporting housing tax credits and low-income programs have made it increasingly difficult to entice housing developers to build affordable housing.”
“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.”
Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown, state Rep. Hearcel Craig and Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard were among the many dignitaries who spoke on July 27 at the Hamilton Crossing ribbon cutting. See photos from the program here.
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.
Homeport’s commitment to fun, personal growth and mind-stretching activities for its resident children was in full force this summer. Field trips included COSI, Columbus Zoo, and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
“I am proud to work for an organization that has such a positive impact on so many lives.I am particularly impressed by the financial and homebuyer education we provide our residents and the community at large.”
“Homeport will be looking for ways to provide housing for those making up to 100 percent of the area’s median income. This will require creative new sources of investment capital and, at times, partnerships.”