We give people tools to build a strong future.
Homeport Housing Advisory Center is a HUD-Certified agency focused on increasing economic literacy. Our FREE foreclosure prevention program assisted over 1,500 Central Ohioans in 2009. Homebuyer Education workshops helped 769 clients get the facts needed to make competent, well-informed financial decisions. In the last five years, $1,000,000 was administered in down-payment and foreclosure rescue fund assistance to qualified, homeowners.
We know home is more than bricks and mortar.
Homeport Rental Living has developed over 2,000 units, today providing 6,000 Central Ohioans with a variety of safe, decent and affordable housing options. Communities encompass a wide demographic cross-section–comprised of senior, single-family and multi-family homes. This past year 324 households in our rental living communities, including 197 children, received over $470,000 in tax refunds and cash benefits. Connections to vital social services are also offered at communities –1,500 referrals for job seekers, education and other social service needs were made. In addition, we served over 1,300 meals to children at our communities.
We fuel neighborhood revitalization.
Efforts throughout our Home Ownership Division ensure that economically neglected, central city neighborhoods have a chance to flourish and prosper. Since 2004, Homeport Home Ownership Division has taken more than 27 vacant or foreclosed properties within the City of Columbus and has redeveloped them into desirable, marketable homes. In that same time period we have developed and sold more than 96 homes. These affordable home ownership opportunities have transformed vacant streets of boarded-up houses into neighborhoods filled with home owners who take pride in their community.
We foster community development.
Homeport Community Life Programs: Over 851 children benefited from programming implemented by our AmeriCorps members, who implemented a summer program that included educational lessons and activities. Our programs keep families stable and help ensure children graduate from high school. Community participation and involvement within our communities has increased exponentially through social engagement initiatives, including a robust community garden program, regular community events and donation drives. In addition, residents are connected to primary and preventive health programs.
We’re recognized for our work.