What We Do
Homeport creates strong communities by developing quality, affordable homes on a cornerstone of dignity, security and opportunity.
Homeport is a non-profit housing developer based in Columbus, Ohio. Since its inception in 1987, Homeport has given greater security, opportunity and dignity to thousands of low-income people by building quality, affordable homes, primarily financed with private investment leveraged by Federal tax credits. Homeport also develops new and renovated single- and multi-family homes designed to catalyze neighborhood revitalization, including market-rate homes, single-family, and lease-to-purchase homes.
In the understanding that providing a roof over someone’s head is only the start of a stronger home, Homeport surrounds its residents with comprehensive support to promote long-term stability and health. With the assistance of partners and volunteers, Homeport organizes out-of-school programs, free produce markets, and offers service connections for thousands of residents every year.
Homeport also equips thousands of Central Ohioans with the foundational skills needed for successful home ownership. Through group classes and one-on-one coaching, Homeport provides direction and training in key areas such as the home buying process, setting a budget, and avoiding foreclosure, with the goal of providing the tools everyone needs to be long-term stewards of a home.
Homeport fosters healthy communities, fuels neighborhood revitalization and develops exceptional housing for families and seniors at all income levels. Even more, we support our residents and the broader public with education and connections to resources, including foreclosure prevention counseling and financial literacy. Homeport’s activities include for-sale and rental real estate development targeted towards more vulnerable populations and neighborhoods; asset management of a portfolio of over 2,300 rental housing units; service coordination support for thousands of residents; and a housing advisory center that equips hundreds of people each year for long-term, responsible home ownership.
Since its inception, Homeport has focused on expanding affordable-housing options for Central Ohio’s citizens and on investing in the region’s economically-neglected neighborhoods. A range of key local stakeholders established Homeport in 1987, including the City of Columbus, The Enterprise Foundation, Columbus REALTORS®, The Columbus Foundation, and local religious and private-sector leaders. Homeport has established itself as the largest locally-focused nonprofit producer of affordable housing and related services in the region. In the course of its 30 year history, Homeport has participated in the development, sale or preservation of more than 4,000 units of housing in Central Ohio. These include newly-constructed and rehabilitated housing types: single- and multi-family rental developments, senior-housing, energy-efficient green housing, and single-family homes for lease-purchase or immediate sale.