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Last week, OHFA celebrated the ribbon cutting of Maple Knoll Meadows. This property involved the rehabilitation of 149 units of affordable housing for seniors in Springdale, Ohio. OHFA provided $1 million in housing tax credits and a Housing Development Loan of $1.5 million to complete this development. The property included a community room and access to other facilities, and each unit includes updated appliances, new flooring and additional storage. Congratulations to all of the partners involved on this exceptional development for seniors!
In 2016, over 100,000 evictions were filed in Ohio alone. What is at the root of this housing instability, and how do we tackle these issues in our state? On this episode of Doorsteps, we talk to Melissa Benson and Ben Horne from the The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) about eviction, homelessness and rising housing costs in Ohio. Click the link in our bio to hear the episode!
New Featured Property: Laurel Green Apartments provides 40 units of permanent supportive housing and serves individuals with a severe mental health diagnosis. Residents will have access to the care they need, as well a community room, a fitness center and a computer room. By providing safe, affordable housing and mental health services, this property can help residents heal and improve their lives.
When Lorenzo purchased his home, one of his favorite parts of the house was the large backyard for his two dogs. Now, thanks to OHFA's programs, he feels financially prepared to take care of his home and make improvements over time, including adding a fence to his backyard. For more information on our programs, click the link in our bio!
Last week, OHFA attended the grand opening of West Union Square in Cincinnati, Ohio. This property provides 70 units of affordable senior housing and involved the redevelopment of formerly vacant or foreclosed buildings. Residents will also have access to a theater, community room, cafe, post office and raised gardens to help them happily and healthily age in place. Congratulations to the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority on this great development!
Ohio is struggling with the opioid crisis. Access to affordable recovery housing is an important part of helping Ohioans regain their lives. Click the link in our bio to learn how OHFA is addressing addiction through housing.
Last week, OHFA's Chief Communications Officer Molly Moses was on @liveonlakeside to discuss how OHFA can help more Ohioans become homeowners, including information on down payment assistance and credit score requirements! To see the clip, click the link in our bio!
Last week, HUD awarded over two million dollars to agencies in Ohio to provide affordable housing to people with disabilities through the HUD Mainstream Voucher Program. In May, OHFA, @doddohio, the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services signed letters of support for six public housing authorities in Ohio applying for vouchers. All of these organizations received awards. Thanks to this increase in funding, up to 424 Ohioans with disabilities will find an integrated, affordable and quality place to live. OHFA and its state agency partners administer the Ohio 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Program, which provides project-based rental assistance to allow extremely low-income individuals with disabilities to live in community-based settings with access to supportive services. This year, OHFA met the first resident of the Ohio 811 PRA Program. David is living independently within his community and finally has a stable place to call home. To learn more about this program and David, click the link in our bio!