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Who We Are: Homeport is the largest, locally-focused nonprofit developer of affordable housing in Central Ohio. Having served the area since 1987, Homeport owns 2,799 affordable rental apartments and homes in 43 communities. Its 6,430 residents, families and seniors, can access a broad range of services ranging from after school programming to emergency assistance for rent and utilities. Homeport partnerships also link its residents to food, furniture and employment assistance as well as medical and mental health services. Homeport is a leading provider of homebuyer education and budget and credit counseling for Central Ohio.

What We Do: CLOSE THE GAP - Make a meaningful impact by providing housing to at least 250 new individuals annually, focusing on average annual incomes from $20,000 to $75,000. Maximize our portfolio of 2,799 units, setting the standard for safe, innovative affordable housing communities.

LASER FOCUS - Prioritize the well-being of our residents, offering support during challenging times such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Connect them with essential community services and empower them for successful homeownership.

ENSURE OUR CORE PURP OSE ENDURES - Embrace an inclusive, equitable, and high-performance culture defined by trust, accountability, collaboration, respect, and quality. Act with transparency and fiscal responsibility to maintain our mission-driven focus.

Why We’re Important: Homeport addresses the growing demand of affordable housing in Central Ohio. And the challenge is huge:

  • THE GAP: Eighty-three thousand Central Ohio households are paying more than half their incomes for housing.

  • UNEVEN IMPACT: There are only 30 affordable homes in Central Ohio for every 100 extremely low-income families.

  • WORKING PROBLEM: The "housing wage" in Greater Columbus is $22.37/hour for a modest two-bedroom.

  • GROWING PROBLEM: Central Ohio should be building 19,000+ homes per year, most years it's less than 11,000.

  • GETTING BIGGER: Growing faster than NYC, we are preparing for 1.2 million more households by 2050.

How We Impact the Community: Real estate development and resident services are simply the tools we use to provide our clients with the dignity, security, and opportunity they deserve. The team at Homeport is truly in the “people business.” The true beneficiaries of our work are the 6,430 individuals we have the honor of serving every day.

How You Can Help: Are you interested in learning more about Homeport? We offer guided 90-minute bus tours so you can experience how and why safe, sustainable, and affordable housing matters for a better Central Ohio. Contact Laverne D. Price, Senior Director of Resource Development, at 614.545.4891 or to schedule.


3443 Agler Road, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43219


Executive Director: Leah F. Evans, President & CEO

Development Director: Laverne D. Price

Board Chair: Emmett M. Kelly


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