About Us

Home Is The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization formed to meet the critical shortage of affordable housing options in rural Preble County, Ohio. The H.I.T Foundation owns several rental properties in Preble County that provide affordable housing to low-income families.

Affordable Housing Advocacy

At our core, we are advocates for families that need a decent place to call home. This is why we are always looking for opportunities to positively impact affordable housing issues in Preble County. In 2012, we collaborated with the Preble County Community Action Partnership and Preble Metropolitan Housing Authority to develop a Consolidated Plan that was adopted by the Preble County Commissioners in February 2013. This detailed plan is updated annually and provides a roadmap for the County to follow as it addresses critical factors that affect our communities’ quality of life such as homelessness, affordable housing, and economic development.

“Thank you so much for your support and all the hard work you do. The stress and worry that has been lifted from my shoulders is tremendous.”— M.H. (Eaton)

Letter From The Board President


Inspiration for Home Is the Foundation (HIT) came during a drive home from work over a decade ago. As I drove past several homes I was reminded that many people in our small, rural community lived in poverty. I wondered how many children lived in those homes and how poverty and inadequate housing affected their lives.

Were they safe? Were they happy? What would their futures look like? A friend once told me: “To those whom much has been given, much is expected.” Life had been good to me and I now knew one way I could give back!

I created the HIT Foundation because everyone in Preble County should have a decent and safe place to live. And with the great team at the Foundation and all the wonderful support we’ve received from the community, we’ve been turning the dream of safe, affordable housing into a reality for families throughout our community ever since.

Thanks for helping us make a difference in people’s lives!
Mary Bullen, Board President/Founder, H.I.T. Foundation

Mission: Everyone in Preble County should have a decent place to live.
Vision: Through 2018 we will provide the leadership to complete the affordable housing goals of the Preble County Consolidated Plan.

  • Service – We serve our fellow citizens with respectful, compassionate and
    individualized service that facilitates their self-sufficiency.
  • Partnerships with the Community – We provide our community with expert housing leadership, acting as a reliable and trusted partner, advocating for best practices in meeting Preble County’s affordable housing goals.
  • Quality, Decent Housing – We provide housing that sets the standard for decent, affordable housing in Preble County.