Homeport, Columbia Gas -- Energy Efficiency Partners

Homeport, through its commitment to energy efficiency, has been highlighted in a video produced for Columbia Gas of Ohio and its EfficiencyCrafted Homes program.

The video focuses on 33 new homes Homeport recently built in Milo-Grogan and includes interviews of residents living in them. Watch the video to also hear from Homeport Project Manager Justin Metzler on the ways energy efficiency is built including insulation and heating-cooling systems.

FREE Job Skills Certifications

Homeport is pleased to announce a new Job Skills Training Program in partnership with Graduation Alliance, a leading online education provider in Ohio. 

Job training programs will include:

  • Career Ready Life Skills - Employability Skills, Digital Literacy and Financial Literacy

  • OSHA 10 (Safety) Certification

  • Caregiving Certification

  • Construction Trades Certification

  • Manufacturing Certification

  • Logistics Certification

These programs are available FREE OF CHARGE to residents.

Participants in the program will receive additional support services including an Academic Coach and the opportunity to work with a College and Career Coordinator to assist with college and /or career placement.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate, please contact
Jessica Williams at 614-545-4802 or email at jessica.williams@homeportohio.org

Does Your High School Junior, Senior or College Student Know How to Budget?

 Are They Ready To Spend Money In The “Real World” Or Make The Best Decisions When It Comes To Their Money?

Are They Ready To Spend Money In The “Real World” Or Make The Best Decisions When It Comes To Their Money?

Homeport is putting on a Free Budget Simulation to teach students how to budget their money using a hands on experience.

Wednesday, December 19th 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Marsh Run Community Center | 2393 Canal Bay Way, Columbus, OH 43232

For more information or to register please click here.
Or contact
Jessica Williams at 614-545-4802 | jessica.williams@homeportohio.org

Any student that registers and completes the simulation will be entered for a gift card raffle.

- Light Refreshments Served -

Does Your High School Junior, Senior or College Student Know How to Budget?

 Are They Ready To Spend Money In The “Real World” Or Make The Best Decisions When It Comes To Their Money?

Are They Ready To Spend Money In The “Real World” Or Make The Best Decisions When It Comes To Their Money?

Homeport is putting on a Free Budget Simulation to teach students how to budget their money using a hands on experience.

Wednesday, December 19th 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Marsh Run Community Center | 2393 Canal Bay Way, Columbus, OH 43232

For more information or to register please click here.
Or contact
Jessica Williams at 614-545-4802 | jessica.williams@homeportohio.org

Any student that registers and completes the simulation will be entered for a gift card raffle.

- Light Refreshments Served -

New Opportunity - FREE Job Skills Certifications

Homeport is pleased to announce a new Job Skills Training Program in partnership with Graduation Alliance, a leading online education provider in Ohio. 

Job training programs will include:

  • Career Ready Life Skills - Employability Skills, Digital Literacy and Financial Literacy

  • OSHA 10 (Safety) Certification

  • Caregiving Certification

  • Construction Trades Certification

  • Manufacturing Certification

  • Logistics Certification

These programs are available FREE OF CHARGE to residents.

Participants in the program will receive additional support services including an Academic Coach and the opportunity to work with a College and Career Coordinator to assist with college and /or career placement.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate, please contact
Jessica Williams at 614-545-4802 or email at jessica.williams@homeportohio.org

Residents Come Together In Houston -- For Columbus

  Lakeisha Terry, center, was one of three Homeport residents to attend the 2018 NeighborWorks America Community Leadership Institute. Joining her in photo is Lawrence Furst II, manager of Service Coordination at Homeport, and CPO Management’s Zipporah Hodge, property manager at Homeport’s Marsh Run community.

Lakeisha Terry, center, was one of three Homeport residents to attend the 2018 NeighborWorks America Community Leadership Institute. Joining her in photo is Lawrence Furst II, manager of Service Coordination at Homeport, and CPO Management’s Zipporah Hodge, property manager at Homeport’s Marsh Run community.

A medical scheduler at Ohio State University with two small children, Lakeisha Terry was barely a month inside her new Homeport home in Milo-Grogan when she was asked to host the U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development.

Terry said yes, and no sooner had Dr. Ben Carson visited in September did she accept another challenge: traveling with Homeport staff and two other Homeport residents to the Community Leadership Institute held by NeighborWorks America in Houston, Texas.

“Houston really taught me a lot about myself, and I think that was the most important thing. In order for me to be able to help my community, I first need to know what my capabilities are,” said Terry, 23.

Joining her on the trip was fellow Northeast Columbus residents Deja Lindsey and LaToya Penick.

“If we come together, we can make a difference in Milo and Linden,” said Penick, who like Terry is living in one of the 33 new homes recently built by Homeport in Milo-Grogan as part of a neighborhood revitalization.

  Homeport residents, left to right, Lakeisha Terry, Deja Lindsey and LaToya Penick, outside the convention hotel in Houston where community leadership courses were offered.

Homeport residents, left to right, Lakeisha Terry, Deja Lindsey and LaToya Penick, outside the convention hotel in Houston where community leadership courses were offered.

Penick, a stay at home Mom with children ages 1 to 13, said success of what was learned will be determined by how often residents come together, whether it is an ice cream social or picking up litter. Programming involving children could motivate adult participation, she speculated.

Deja Lindsey, a resident of the Maplegreen Homes lease to own properties, and a case manager for Columbus Area Integrated Health Services, said creating community is a passion and that she is eager to see what can come from her trip to Houston.

“I feel like it was meant for us to be there. It was a great learning experience,” Lindsey said. “It was a good experience to meet people from all over.”

Homeport is a charter member of NeighborWorks and annually brings residents of its communities to the NeighborWorks leadership training conferences.

This year’s Homeport staff participants were Manager of Service Coordination Lawrence Furst II, Service Coordinator Mark Childs and Asset Manager Josh Martin. The conference, Oct. 11-14, was attended by roughly 1,000 individuals nationally.

“It was great to see community advocates share ideas about different challenges faced throughout the country,” Martin said.

“Through our participation of the conference with our residents we are supporting, empowering and enriching their lives and communities,” Furst said.

Milo-Grogan resident Terry said the conference taught her that creating “community” and making a difference can take patience.

“There was a saying that really stood out to me in one of my classes, and that was, ‘Start small, think long-term.’

“I'm a bit of an over thinker and that saying helped put my mind at ease, reassuring me that even something as small as keeping trash picked up in my community can make a long-term affect.

“Over the next year my goal is to learn more about my community and the people that live there. During that process I will be able to work with Homeport on different events and ideas that would be beneficial for the community,” Terry said.

Savings: It's Not Just For The Holidays

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By Layden Hale

Holiday sales often blur the calendar. How many days does that Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day or Thanksgiving Day “sale” last? Now that we have entered November, have you noticed how many days are consumed by “Black Friday” sales and advertising?

I note this because this is the time of the year I usually offer ways of budgeting for the holidays -- so you are not dripping in debt come January. But the truth is, budgeting and savings should not be directed strictly to end of year gift-giving spending but a function of year-round routine.

So, in the spirit of The Holiday Season, let me share a few tips on how to make savings and budgeting a year round success using modern day tools.

Mint.com is a free app that has over 15 million users that you can use to budget, set goals, track your spending and pay your bills online.

MyMoney.gov is an excellent website to gain free financial information for children all the way to the elderly.

YNAB (You Need a Budget) is a more detailed budget app that costs $4.17 per month

Acorns and Digit are simple, automated ways to start saving and investing money.

Now what?

· Create a budget to avoid overspending. Review all your debts so you know where your money is going.

· Set up a repayment plan that will allow you to pay off your debt in a specific amount of time.

· Set up an emergency savings account and try to get to a $1000 balance as soon as possible. Financial responsibility means being prepared for the unexpected.

· Start saving for retirement as soon as possible to get the benefit of compound interest. People are living longer, and you don’t want to outlive your money.

Finally, maintain healthy financial habits. Put your financial goals in writing. You are more likely to achieve goals that are written. Keep track of your credit score and review your credit report at least once a year.

Our goal at Homeport is to help you use your money to achieve your goals, including homeownership.

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Homeport Senior Counseling Advisor Layden Hale can be reached at layden.hale@homeportohio.org. Individuals interested in learning more about credit and budget counseling, financial literacy or homebuyer education can contact Homeport at 614 221-8889, ext. 134. or visit homeportlearning.org to signup for a class.

New opportunity - FREE jobs skills & certifications

Homeport is pleased to announce a new Job Skills Training Program in partnership with Graduation Alliance, a leading online education provider in Ohio. 

Job training programs will include:

  • Career Ready Life Skills - Employability Skills, Digital Literacy and Financial Literacy

  • OSHA 10 (Safety) Certification

  • Caregiving Certification

  • Construction Trades Certification

  • Manufacturing Certification

  • Logistics Certification

These programs are available FREE OF CHARGE to residents.

Participants in the program will receive additional support services including an Academic Coach and the opportunity to work with a College and Career Coordinator to assist with college and /or career placement.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate, please contact
Jessica Williams at 614-545-4802 or email at jessica.williams@homeportohio.org

Homeport Residents SAVE on YMCA Memberships

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What does the membership include?
The membership includes access to all YMCA facilities and classes (i.e. swimming lessons), and includes a discounted rate on after-school and summer camp programs, which vary by branch. To sign up for a YMCA membership with Homeport resident discount rates please contact your Homeport Resident Services Line at at 614.545.4844

Already a YMCA member? No worries, we can help you SAVE.
Existing members can switch over to a Homeport resident discounted membership. To convert your YMCA membership to Homeport resident discount rates please contact your Homeport Resident Services Line at at 614.545.4844

Do you have questions about the YMCA membership?
Please contact your Homeport Resident Services Line at at 614.545.4844

It's That Time Again...Scholarships Available for College Bound and College Student Residents

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2018-2019 Stepping Off to College Program Application Set To Open This Month

Award Description:
GCCHH’s Stepping Off to College Program provides award winners laptop computer packages after completion of college readiness, time management, financial literacy, health, computer literacy, table manners, etiquette, branding and social skills workshops. Award winners must participate in six all-day program workshops to be eligible to receive award prizes. Additionally, award recipients are required to attend the annual GCCHH banquet in April at the Hilton Easton. Award winners must abide by all Stepping Off to College Program requirements to be eligible for award prizes.

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?  HERE’S WHO TO CONTACT:

Jessica Williams
Homeport Education and Engagement Manager
614.545-4802 or jessica.williams@homeportohio.org

Are You Registered To Vote?

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ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?
DO YOU NEED TO UPDATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS
ON YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION?
DO YOU NEED ASSISTANCE OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR VOTING RIGHTS?

CONTACT US TODAY! WE ARE PLEASED TO BE WORKING WITH THE COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING IN OHIO TO HELP HOMEPORT RESIDENTS REGISTER TO VOTE. THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION TAKES PLACE ON NOVEMBER 6TH.

****THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS OCTOBER 9TH.****

For more information, please contact:

Jill Guinan, CHW
Community Health Evaluator
Get Out the Vote Site Coordinator
(614) 545-4804
jill.guinan@homeportohio.org