An initiative by

Homeownership. Together.

Bloom celebrates, supports, and brings transparency
and guidance to every step of the homeownership
journey for Columbus’ Black and minority communities.
Are you ready to take the first step?
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Find My WHy
Take the homeownership readiness quiz, explore our Columbus mortgage calculator, bust local housing myths, and discover other tools to drive your homeownership journey.
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Find Central Ohio real estate experts that are committed to Bloom’s ethos of equity or download professional vetting guides to help you build the support system that’s right for you.
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Build My Team
See practitioners that are committed to Bloom’s ethos of equity and find professional vetting guide to build the support system that’s right for you.
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After I Buy
Unlock the full power of homeownership with resources that help Franklin County residents maintain, sustain, and preserve their home for generations to come.
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Your Bloom

It takes community to build community. Bloom honors your personal homeownership journey by connecting you with unbiased advice, professional allies, and tools you can trust.

Our network of practitioners

DJ Valentine

DJ Valentine

Vice President of Community Lending Mortgage Sales Manager at Huntington Bank

Erica Hudson

Development Program Coordinator for the City of Columbus

Netta Whitman

Director of Housing Advisory Services at Homeport
Matthew Glover

Matthew Glover

Community Development Officer at PNC Bank
Michael Pires

Michael Pires

Ohio State's Battelle Center Business Operations Manager
Yolanda Jackson

Yolanda N. Jackson M.S.

Director of Financial Empowerment Services
Anthony Forte

Anthony Forte

Field Office Director for the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Allan Hill

Allan Hill

Community Home Lender at Park National Bank
Sonja Nelson

Sonja Nelson

Vice President of Resident Initiatives at Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

E.J. Thomas

President & CEO at Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio
Janene Parham

Janene Parham

Licensed Realtor with Red 1 Realty

Marcy Ash

Vice President of Community Lending Mortgage Sales Manager at Huntington Bank
Radhika Moore

Radhika Moore

Local Realtor

Neighbor testimonials



“I would love to own a home. It’s something I desire and I’m intentional about bringing it to fruition. My life is really hectic, so many different things happening on a day-to-day basis. For me, there’s always room for more knowledge on financial literacy, mortgages, the resources that are out there.”




“There’s an in-sync-ness with other people out here. You don’t have to complete. You can stay in your own lane. There’s a lot of good people out here. Our credit is decent, we’re entrepreneurs, and we want to continue down that space [of homeownership].”




“I am a renter, definitely an aspiring homeowner. The most important thing for me is having my own front door. So many of the new apartments feel like hotels, they feel so temporary. My own front door makes it feel like home.”




“I am from Bangladesh and have been here about 21 years. My neighborhood is very good. My sons have bought homes in Dublin, Cleveland, and Detroit. I tell people: buy a home and settle here, work here and stay here.”


Your city events

Nov 9

Lawrence Funderburke’s Financial Empowerment nonprofit LYFO aka Mr. Fundy

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

First Church of God
3480 Refugee Rd.
Columbus, OH 43232



Nov 14

Homeport Homebuyer Education

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Dec 2

OSU Extension Homebuyer Education Sessions

9:00am – 1pm

Dec 9

OSU Extension Homebuyer Education Sessions

9am – 1pm

Columbus Neighborhoods.

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We Are Bloom

We believe Black and minority communities should have the opportunity,
resources, and assistance to make progress towards homeownership. We
believe homeownership is a long-term investment that creates generational
wealth and shapes futures.

Bloom’s vision is to become a cornerstone in our communities by providing tools
and resources relevant to today’s Black and minority homebuyer. Follow along with us.