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

If you're poor or low-income in the U.S. and use government safety net programs, you could be affected by a number of new rules and actions proposed by the Trump administration. Most of the changes are still pending, and anti-poverty groups are trying to stop them from going into effect. Some of the proposals already face legal challenges.

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. 

 Columbus leaders have announced a new tax abatement strategy designed to increase affordable housing stock. 

A new report shows only two of the ten most common jobs in Ohio pay enough for a worker to rent a two-bedroom apartment. 

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson wants Americans living on housing assistance to put more of their income toward rent and he wants to give public housing authorities the ability to impose work requirements on tenants.

Under current law, most tenants who get federal housing assistance pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent, and the government kicks in the rest up to a certain amount.

For many poor families in America, eviction is a real and ongoing threat. Sociologist Matthew Desmond estimates that 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 — a rate of four every minute.

"Eviction isn't just a condition of poverty; it's a cause of poverty," Desmond says. "Eviction is a direct cause of homelessness, but it also is a cause of residential instability, school instability [and] community instability."

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Columbus City Council last night rejected placing on the May ballot a plan to expand the panel and create district or ward representation.

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Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther and city officials are planning an overhaul of the city's tax incentive policies. 

A new report shows housing construction and occupancy downtown is growing.

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The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority has told the 96 residents of Bollinger Tower on North High Street to leave by the end of April.