What We Do


Homeport creates strong communities by developing quality, affordable homes on a cornerstone of dignity, security and opportunity.

We are committed to closing the housing gap for low-to-moderate income individuals, families and seniors making 100 percent or less of the area median income, with special emphasis on residents making 60 PERCENT area median income or less, which is $45,840 for a family of four.


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.


Comprehensive Community-Building

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.


Proven Experience

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.

By The Numbers



Rental Properties Managed with 2,300+ units


Single-Family Homes


Years of experience




Annual Operating Budget

Executive Team
+ Key Development Staff


Executive Team

Development Staff

Real Estate Development

A Kitchen at NoBo on Long Condominiums in the North of Broad neighborhood near downtown Columbus

A Kitchen at NoBo on Long Condominiums in the North of Broad neighborhood near downtown Columbus

Homeport single-family homes in North of Broad

Homeport single-family homes in North of Broad

Solar panels on Homeport's certified LEED Platinum home, the first of its kind in the Midwest

Solar panels on Homeport's certified LEED Platinum home, the first of its kind in the Midwest


Development Overview

Homeport has more than forty rental housing developments completed or in construction, representing over 2,300 homes. Homeport’s affordable housing communities, primarily financed through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, serve lower income households, people with disabilities, seniors, members of ethnic minorities, and immigrants with limited English-proficiency.

Homeport also develops for-sale homes for low-income, moderate-income and market-rate buyers. Homeport’s community revitalization work includes North of Broad (NoBo), a flagship project in the historic King Lincoln District of Columbus. NoBo represents significant, concentrated investment in a depressed urban neighborhood through the development of 70 single-family homes for buyers of varying income levels. Homeport has reinforced this commitment to the NoBo neighborhood with community building efforts, including home improvement grants and the creation of a community garden. In 2005, Homeport and the Central Ohio Housing Development Organization (COHDO) began an ambitious development effort to restore the American Addition residential neighborhood. The master plan for American Addition calls for 100 single-family homes and new streetscape and utility infrastructure from the City of Columbus. These efforts have already begun to dramatically transform this long - neglected urban community.


Asset Management

Long-term monitoring of all Homeport’s housing developments is handled by Homeport’s Asset Management Department, which oversees third party property management firms responsible for leasing and maintenance. Asset Management ensures compliance with the complex regulatory requirements of Homeport’s varied funding sources. Homeport’s management portfolio consists of over 2,300 units of housing, which are monitored carefully by a highly experienced staff to ensure financially sound, safe, quality housing in the Columbus area.


Green Housing


Homeport strives to incorporate the most cutting-edge development practices, including aggressive Green Housing design standards. In 2009, Homeport was awarded a Platinum level LEED certification in Homeport’s North of Broad neighborhood, the first of its kind in the Midwest. More than half of new build homes sold at North of Broad incorporated Green construction. Since 2008, each of Homeport’s Tax Credit developments follows either Enterprise Foundation’s Green Communities criteria or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) criteria, representing a substantial commitment to green construction. In 2018, Hamilton Crossing, a Homeport senior community, and Milo-Grogan, lease-option single family homes, received LEED Gold Certification and participated in the Efficiency Crafted Homes program. Homeport is committed to bringing Green technology and efficiency to affordable and market-rate buyers and will continue to include new, Green technologies in future developments.


Learn more about the impact affordable housing is making on residents of Central Ohio.


Development Capacity

Homeport’s recent development and construction achievements reveal the organization’s strong capacity to manage developments to completion and stabilized operations. Since 2010, Homeport completed a number of high caliber products, including:


Financial Capacity

The entrance to Eastway Village homes

The entrance to Eastway Village homes

Common areas at Eastway Village

Common areas at Eastway Village


Public Financing Experience

Homeport has successfully utilized federal, state and local programs, investing in Central Ohio’s communities, including funding through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, Housing Development Assistance Program (HDAP), and Housing Development Loan program (HDLP). Other public sources include city and county HOME funds, State Historic Tax Credits, Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) Affordable Housing Program (AHP), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA).

Homeport was selected as a provider of development services to the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and has completed developments involving the preservation of Section 8 HAP contracts on existing properties.

Other sources of funding include weatherization loans and grants, lead abatement funds, financing from the Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and Franklin County, the Community Development Finance Fund, Historic Tax Credits and grants for social services. Homeport is a charter member of the NeighborWorks® America network, which provides access to funding for rental developments, as well as capacity building and other related activities.


Assets and Portfolio

Homeport is audited annually by Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co., a certified public accounting firm. Homeport has the financial capacity to ensure that construction will be completed on time and that the
highest standards can be guaranteed. Homeport is also able to provide specific construction-completion and operating guarantees for each tax-credit project it develops.

Homeport’s membership in the nearly 250-member NeighborWorks® America national network demonstrates the organization’s national standing as a premier development company. 

Homeport also has excellent relationships with several key financial institutions, enabling it to maintain and increase its funding resources when needed. The organization’s status as a premier local non-
profit development agency provides Homeport with exclusive access to capital that is earmarked specifically for Community Reinvestment Act purposes and charitable institutions performing community

Community Services

Homeport residents participate in out-of-school programming.

Homeport residents participate in out-of-school programming.

A Homebuyer Education class at Homeport.

A Homebuyer Education class at Homeport.



For many Homeport residents, getting into a safe, stable home that they can afford is only the beginning. Homeport surrounds its rental communities 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, school supply drives, and more for thousands of residents every year.



A key resource that Homeport provides, not just to residents but to the entire Central Ohio community, is public classes and one-on-one coaching to teach people successful home ownership. Classes teach families and individuals the home buying process, financial management, and basic home maintenance, while coaching provides individualized support for finance and credit problems. Homeport has helped thousands of Central Ohioans to not only purchase homes, but keep their homes, too.

Homeport Selected Rental Developments
1992 - 2018

PIS Project Name Units Investment Housing Type
1992 Homes on the Hill A 39 $1.4m Rehab SF/Duplex
1992 Indian Mound 100 $5m NC MF
1992 Parkmead Apartments 71 $2.1m NC MF
1991 Parkview Apartments/ East Mound 16 $900k NC MF
1993 Raspberry Glen 100 $7.5m NC MF
1991 Homes on the Hill B 21 $5.6m Rehab SF/Duplex
1995 Emerald Glen 130 $7.1m NC MF
1995 Stoddart Block 52 $4.3m Rehab MF
1996 Indianola Homes 25 $1.4m Rehab MF
1996 George’s Creek 120 $6.6m NC MF
1997 Kimberly Meadows 78 $5m NC MF
1997 Neighborhood House 50 $7.1m Rehab SF
1997 Framingham Village 86 $10.4m NC MF / SF
1998 New Salem Homes / Renaissance Village 64 $6.1m NC MF
1997 Providence Glen/Agler Family 144 $13.1m NC MF
1997 Corban Commons / Agler Elderly 90 $5.8m NC MF
1999 Marsh Run 184 $11.7m NC MF
2000 Tussing Road Homes / Pheasant Run 136 $9.8m NC
2001 Greater Linden Homes 39 $4.6m NC SF
2002 Southeast Columbus Homes 39 $5.5m Rehab/NC SF
2003 Kingsford Homes 33 $4.3m NC SF
2003 Mariemont Homes 32 $3.7m NC SF
2003 Joyce Avenue Homes 31 $3.8m NC SF
2004 Fairview Homes 32 $5.2m NC SF
2004 Southside Homes 32 $5.2m NC SF
2005 Levelgreen Homes 32 $5m NC SF
2005 Mapleside Homes 24 $4m NC/Rehab SF
2006 Spruce Bough Homes 112 $8.2m Rehab MF
2007 Urban Hollow/Bending Brook 158 $10m Rehab MF
2007 Fieldstone Court 48 $6m NC MF
2008 Luke’s Crossing 40 $5.7m Rehab MF
2008 City View Homes 34 $6.9m NC/Rehab SF
2009 Elim Estates 48 $9.8m NC SF
2012 Elim Manor Section 202 35 $5.5m NC Senior
2012 Elim Manor Section 8 63 $5.8m NC Senior
2012 Whittier Landing 40 $8.7m NC / Rehab SF
2012 Duxberry Landing 35 $7.5m NC Senior
2013 Eastway Village 66 $8.6m NC Senior
2014 Trabue Crossing 52 $10m NC MF
2015 Eastway Court 32 $6.3m NC Senior
2016 Hilltop Homes II 39 $9.2m NC SF
2016 Victorian Heritage 59 $10.3m Rehab MF
2017 Hamilton Crossing 64 $11.4m NC Senior
2018 Milo-Grogan Homes 33 $8.6m NC SF

MF = Multi-Family    SF = Single-Family    NC = New Construction


Total Investment: $296+ Million

Homeport Selected Homeownership Developments
2005 - 2018

Name Purpose Income Restriction Funding Source Project Start Houses Completed
Restore Columbus Scattered site neighborhood stabilization. Targeted rehabs of non - contiguous units in stable, inner suburbs and tipping point neighborhoods. 80% City of Columbus HOME 2007 25
Restore Franklin County: Northland Scattered site neighborhood stabilization focused in the Northland Area. Targeted rehabs/ reconstruction of foreclosed units. 120% Franklin County NSP1 2009 18
NoBo on Long Condominiums Creation of an anchor on Long St. for the revitalization of the area. 120% City of Columbus NSP1 & 2 2010 9
North of Broad Single Family Neighborhood revitalization through creation of a market and achieving a critical mass of owner occupancy and investment in a targeted area. 80% - 120% City of Columbus HOME, HOPE III, NSP1 & 2, Bond 2005 61
Rich Street Walk Downtown infill of a vacant site focusing on creating density. Market rate, unsubsidized units. Market Rate Conventional Financing 2005 18
Crossing at Joyce Creation of an affordable, suburban style development with the benefits of a central city location. 80% HOME 2006 13
American Addition Neighborhood revitalization through comprehensive redevelopment. 80% - 120% City of Columbus HOME, NSP2 2005 30

Development Highlights


American Addition

American Addition represents an ambitious neighborhood revitalization project that will radically transform a largely vacant 60-acre portion of central Columbus. The historically African-American residential community formed at the turn of the 20th century and fell into disrepair, in part due to its isolation from city services and infrastructure.

Today, Homeport is working with the City of Columbus to bring new Green Infrastructure and neo-traditional, energy efficient homes to American Addition.

Homeport doesn’t just build a home and walk away. They build a community of people. I’ve witnessed it happen, I’ve seen the transformation in neighborhoods, and it’s incredibly inspiring.

— Sandy Doyle-Ahern, President/CEO, EMH&T
Common areas at Eastway Village
Common areas at Eastway Village   

North of Broad

Homeport has constructed dozens of for-sale homes in the NoBo neighborhood near the historic King Lincoln District as part of long-term revitalization efforts on Columbus’ near east side.

Elim Manor

Completed: 2012
Budget: $12 million
Type: Two - story elevator building and cottages for seniors

Common areas at Eastway Village   

Eastway Village +
Eastway Court

Eastway Village
Completed: 2013
Budget: $8.6 million
Type: Two-story elevator building and cottages for seniors

Eastway Court
Completed: 2013
Budget: $6.3 million
Type: Two-story elevator building for seniors

Common areas at Eastway Village   

Westminster and Elizabeth Model Homes

The Elizabeth and Westminster models are two distinct floor plans being used in lease-purchase and home ownership projects for new home construction. The Elizabeth is a two-story model with a full basement, and the Westminster is our one-story model built on-slab designed with complete accessibility in mind. Each model offers a detached double garage and can also be designed to LEED or Enterprise Green Community standards. In order to maintain construction efficiencies, each model has one floor plan, but provides a total of four different elevations, (3) for the Elizabeth and (1) for the Westminster, allowing each to easily fit within the contextual design of many Columbus neighborhoods.

Common areas at Eastway Village