DataByte: Housing Insecurity Among Hispanic Ohioans Varies by Region of Origin

April is Fair Housing Month, which highlights our nation's obligation to ensure that everyone has equal access to safe, affordable housing. National origin is one of the protected characteristics under Title VIII of the Fair Housing Act and includes people of Hispanic or Latinx ethnicity. According to the 2022 American Community Survey, over 500,000 Ohioans identify as Hispanic.

Currently, we are working to increase outreach efforts to the state's Hispanic and Latinx communities—particularly those who are most at risk of housing insecurity. Through our residential lending and mortgage assistance programs as well as the development of affordable housing across the state, we at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency hope to address the housing needs of Ohio's Hispanic population and open more doors to an affordable place to call home.

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Hispanic Housing Insecurity

Source: IPUMS-USA, University of Minnesota (based on 2022 American Community Survey one year-estimates)

Notes: Since 1997, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has defined "Hispanic or Latino" as a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. Latino, Latina, and Latinx identities are associated more broadly with Latin America, which includes French and Portuguese-speaking countries like Haiti and Brazil. However, the OMB excludes Americans that are not of Spanish culture or origin from "Hispanic or Latino" classification. Thus they are not included in the American Community Survey data or this analysis.

In the tree map above, other specific national origins not labeled include: Ecuadorian (0.4%), Bolivian (0.2%), Uruguayan (<0.1%), and "South American" not otherwise specified (0.1%). There were no survey respondents in Ohio reporting Paraguayan origin.