The Opportunity Mapping Tools is a product of a collaborative effort between the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University to support affordable housing development for households and families and to advance the goals of the Annual Plan, including promoting strategies that advance and promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act.
The Kirwan Institute, a respected interdisciplinary research and policy center established at OSU, developed the opportunity mapping framework and has consulted on related matters to public sector agencies, non-profits and community groups in more than 20 states across the nation.
The Opportunity index utilizes a number of indicators to identify the many dimensions of strong, vibrant and healthy communities and will be used to identify areas of opportunity, particularly regarding the siting of family housing, in Ohio. Analyzing differences in access to opportunity structures is in alignment with state and federal initiatives to further Fair Housing, deconcentrate poverty and maximize equitable outcomes for low-income households.
2020-21 Opportunity Mapping Project
- Kirwan USR Opportunity Index Brief (5.75 MB Adobe PDF File)
- 2020-21 Opportunity Map and Community Change Index
2018-19 Opportunity Mapping Project
Due to the robust amount of content associated with this mapping tool, maps may take a few additional minutes to load and are best displayed using Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. Use of this tool and its accompanying information does not guarantee an award of funding through the competitive housing tax credit program and is provided for informational purposes to assist with identifying areas of low to high opportunity.