Affordable Housing

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today committed another $10 million to the city's affordable housing efforts and announced two other related programs.


Ohio will receive nearly $201 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for affordable housing. It's part of almost $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to help communities across the country create affordable housing and services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.


Our panel will discuss how to tackle the multiple challenges identified in the the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s new Regional Housing Strategy report, and who is playing a part in working to solve this complicated issue in our community.

Columbus City Council tonight is expected to pass three ordinances to provide options and protections for tenants seeking affordable housing. The Housing for All legislation mandates that owners provide tenants with rental receipts, provides more flexibility for renters regarding security deposits, and protects potential residents from being turned away based on their source of income.

Columbus City Council members are examining how police officers are dispatched and other potential reforms in 2021.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today released his proposed 2021 General Fund budget, a $964 million plan that maintains basic services and the city's Rainy Day Fund while also avoiding layoffs and furloughs.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today announced his 2020 Capital Improvements Budget proposal.

In an effort to appeal to suburban voters, President Trump has been promising to keep low-income housing out of their neighborhoods, saying it should be harder for families in need of affordable housing to "invade" the suburbs.

But 50 years after Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, the reality is families with low incomes have never flooded into the suburbs. In fact, few have made it there.

For the past few months Prognosis Ohio has been spotlighting candidates in Ohio who have a particular interest in health and health care. On this week’s episode, Dan Skinner talks with State Representative Allison Russo of the 24th House district about her campaign for reelection. Russo’s background in the health field shapes her positions and values as a representative.

The Tenth Ohio District Court of Appeals has ruled Franklin County landlords are no longer allowed to evict tenants by affidavit.

A new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows three out of the ten most common jobs in Ohio failed to pay workers enough to afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Columbus officials say the city has received 157 million dollar in federal funding through the CARES Act to help residents recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther delivered his 5th State of the City address last night at West High School. 

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The governmental entity created by the City of Columbus to finance and own a new downtown Columbus Crew Stadium says it is likely to change the public financing arrangement announced earlier this year.

Columbus city and other officials Monday announced details of a new 25 million dollar plan to acquire and preserve affordable housing in Linden. 

Apple is pledging $2.5 billion to confront California's housing crisis, in a bid to help the state ease a situation that's been blamed for marginalizing people in service and support jobs and creating a spike in homelessness.

A recent report by the non-partisan Annie E. Casey Foundation shows despite an improved economy since 2008, the rate of Ohio children living in high-poverty areas has seen little change. 

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and several central Ohio municipalities are coming together for a comprehensive affordable housing study.


Central Ohio officials say the private sector has committed $100 million toward the region’s affordable housing needs.

Columbus City Council tonight is expected to approve legislation authorizing property tax breaks to spur affordable housing development and improve existing stock on the the Far East Side. 

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Google is committing $1 billion to try to provide more affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, where big tech firms have been blamed for putting home prices out of reach for anyone without a rich stock-option plan. Google says the money should result in 20,000 new homes added to the local market, over 10 years.

Franklin County commissioners have announced a new collaboration to address poverty. 

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The Trump administration is moving forward with a wave of new rules and regulations that would make it more difficult for low-income Americans — especially those in families that include non-citizens — to get government aid. NPR detailed many of the proposals in June, but there have been several developments since then.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther sends his 940 million dollar capital improvements budget proposal to city council tonight. 

Columbus voters Tuesday approved a series of bond issues that will generate more than one billion dollars for capital improvements and 50 million to fund an affordable housing strategy. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved spending 5.6 million dollars in capital improvement bond money to fund grants to build homes for needy families. 

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and the City of Columbus are seeking proposals for a regional housing strategy as part of an overall plan to address the region's affordable housing shortage. 

Lawmakers told Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson Wednesday that there's little chance Congress will accept the Trump administration's plan to make deep cuts in housing and development programs.

Columbus City Council last night approved legislation giving 4.3 million dollars to the Community Shelter Board for programs to fight homelessness. 


Two former motels in Franklinton are being transformed into affordable housing for at-risk youth.