OHFA 2022 Fourth Quarter Agency at a Glance

OHFA UPDATE - PAGE 5 - 2022 FOURTH QUARTER OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND ANALYTICS UPDATE CHELSEA BUCKWALTER DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND ANALYTICS Like many departments across the country, our office has faced staffing challenges and has been working at limited capacity for the past year and a half. With the help of OHFA’s wonderful HR team, we are happy to announce that the Office of Research and Analytics is fully staffed and ready to tackle 2023! Devin Keithley has been promoted to Senior Research and Data Analyst . For the last five years, he has played an instrumental role in all projects undertaken and reports produced by our office. In his new position, Devin will be responsible for strategic planning for the agency and will take the lead on many of our data analytics projects. Ian Grapes joined our team in November as our Data Quality Analyst . He has a bachelor ’s degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University and a strong background in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. He has been at OHFA since June 2021 supporting the Save the Dream Ohio program and will continue to assist with data analysis. Victoria Murguia graduated in December with her bachelor ’s degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and joined our team the same month. As our new Data Analyst , she will support OHFA on projects such as the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), the 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Program, and the Ohio Housing Needs Assessment. In October, Devin presented at the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (o4a) annual conference in Columbus during a session called Understanding Housing and Homelessness in a Rapidly Changing Environment . He shared metrics that are frequently used to measure housing needs for older adults, including disability prevalence rates, housing cost burden, and homelessness. He also talked about what OHFA and others are doing to increase the supply of affordable senior housing in Ohio. At the end of October, members of the team attended the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) annual conference in Houston. Devin presented on Ohio’s Legislative One-Pagers and District Maps at a session on state level advocacy. These reports and interactive maps are updated every two years to coincide with the new legislative session. The conference was a great chance to connect with our counterparts at other HFAs to discuss current projects and exchange ideas. Finally, we released the Housing Tax Credit Resident Profile , which analyzes data on the 173,528 residents living in OHFA-financed Housing Tax Credit (HTC) properties at the end of 2021. The report compares this population to the HTC-eligible population statewide to better understand how OHFA is serving the housing needs of Ohio renters.