Homebase is an organization of inspired community members, community developers, funders, legal professionals, and community partners. We provide the fundamental framework and resources to our 501(c)(3) Community Development Corporation (CDC) members in the Greater Cincinnati area, so they can help neighborhoods realize their vibrancy, attract new employers, improve residents’ financial well-being, and enhance public health.




We provide backing – both financial and foundational – for policy changes at local, regional and federal levels. Past advocacy has included: tax credits for affordable housing, reforming payday lending, support for Aging in Place initiatives and much more.


Whether conducting training internally or referring outside sources for learning, we bridge the gap between community goals and activation by connecting “doers” with mobilizing resources and masterful planning.

Networking Events

Luncheons, neighborhood bus tours, educational events and more, our networking opportunities generate public awareness and provide forums for each neighborhood and CDC to showcase its own expertise and character.

Operational Support

Our members receive a wide array of operational assistance at a discounted rate through our Back Office Program. Our vendors specialize in everything from Strategic Planning, Accounting, Legal Services, Information Technology to design and are highly familiar CDC structure and not-for-profit best practices. We offer down-payment support, HUD funding as well as City of Cincinnati funding.



  • Aging in Place Support for Seniors
  • Residential Facade Improvement Program
  • New affordable senior facility construction
  • Acquisition and renovation of single-family units
  • Net zero urban village
  • Mixed income new construction
  • Renovation of existing multi-family units
  • Renters equity program

Education and Social Services

  • Peer to peer support groups
  • Connections with educational resources
  • After school tutoring and homework help

Financial Empowerment

  • Financial literacy training
  • Homebuyer education
  • Energy usage education
  • Financial counseling
  • Home down payment assistance

Workforce Development

  • Job training
  • Employment referral and coaching
  • Job fairs
  • Neighborhood job banks
  • Youth employment


  • Community gardens
  • Farm stands for fresh produce
  • Community markets
  • Advocating for self-reporting health
  • Physical and mental healthcare

Still Not Sure What CDCs Do? 

View this video from the Ohio CDC Association.

If We Can, So Can You

Our Staff

Denise Hamet – Executive Director

Denise has more than 25 years of both private and public experience encompassing economic development, real estate development, banking, community planning, and financial analysis. She received her MBA from Arizona State University and her BSBA from Arizona State, and has a Certificate in Light Construction Development Management from the University of California, Irvine. In addition to her role as an Executive Director of Homebase, Denise serves on the Board of the Sorg Opera House Revitalization Group and volunteers for the Commercial Real Estate Women (and is a past president of CREW).

Dejah Rawlings- Project Coordinator

Our newest team member here at Homebase Cincinnati, Dejah Rawlings. Dejah hails from Lexington, Kentucky and is a recent Alumna of Northern Kentucky University where she was heavily involved in many student and leadership organizations. She graduated with a Bachelors of Art degree in Political Science and minors in both Black Studies and Pre-law. She’s very excited to work directly with communities and has a growing interest in community building and urban redevelopment.