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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Columbus City Council has a new member.

The City of Columbus is giving 18 thousand dollars in grant money to the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging to support senior housing stabilization efforts. 

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Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther last night unveiled plans for more affordable housing and improved internet access during his State of the City speech  at East High School. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved a 150 thousand dollar settlement of a federal lawsuit filed by two women arrested along with porn star Stormy Daniels at a strip club last year. 

Microsoft is investing $500 million to help develop affordable housing and address homelessness in the Seattle area as the growth of tech companies in the region continues to flood the real estate market with high-salaried workers, leaving many other people behind.

An updated ordinance passed by Columbus City Council in December to protect renters from being evicted by their landlord for complaining about code violations takes effect Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says central Ohio's homeless population rose this year by nearly seven percent to the second-highest level in more than a decade.  

A new report says central Ohio needs more than 14,000 new housing units annually to accommodate the region's anticipated job and population growth over the next 30 years. 

Columbus and Franklin County officials continue working on a plan to address a 54,000-unit affordable housing shortage. 

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Columbus city officials last night outlined a long range strategy to improve the Linden community. 

As part of a nationwide effort to provide permanent, affordable housing to non-elderly residents with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than two million dollars to a dozen public housing agencies in Ohio. 

Ten years after the housing collapse during the Great Recession, a new and different housing crisis has emerged.

Back then, people were losing their homes as home values crashed and homeowners went underwater. Today, home values have rebounded, but people who want to buy a new home are often priced out of the market. There are too few homes and too many potential buyers.

Columbus City Council last night approved changes in municipal tax break policies with an eye toward creating more affordable housing stock. 

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