We’re working from home, but don’t worry, we’re still hard at work for Ohioans.
Single Family Housing 
Our Office of Homeownership was recently rebranded as the Office of Single Family Housing, and now encompasses two divisions: Residential Lending and Housing Preservation. Longtime homeownership staff, Erin Higgins and Tom Walker, will lead those divisions, respectively.

Our homeownership programs are fully funded and accessible to homebuyers across the state. Our most recent bond deal closed in February, so we have funds available that are unaffected by recent economic instability.

The Housing Preservation team is busy with the wind down of the Hardest Hit Fund and continued disbursement to county land banks for the Neighborhood Initiative Program. We also continue to process lien releases and get them recorded as quickly as possible.
Multifamily Housing 
The Office of Multifamily Housing announced this year’s Housing Tax Credit recipients on May 20. Of the 88 applications submitted, 37 developments received more than $31 million in tax credits. The credits preserved or created 2,002 apartments for families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.

OHFA requested needed PPE from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency on behalf of 300 shelters in Ohio. Those items are currently stored at OHFA and plans are underway to work with shelter staff to pick up or receive these necessary items.

The team within our Compliance division has been conducting file reviews and staying connected to property managers and developers. Although no announcements are currently planned, we have started proactive conversations about resuming physical inspections. We appreciate our partners' patience during these unprecedented times.
Communications & Marketing
A once-in-a-generation pandemic briefly paused many of OHFA’s events and outreach plans. However, as the dust settled, OHFA’s Communication and Marketing team worked to adjust and educate. Recent Stories of Home blogs have focused on COVID-19’s effect in vulnerable communities, a new web page was created to update our partners on what next steps would look like, and our social media feeds pivoted to provide timely information to customers about what emergency assistance, forbearance and other programs were available to them.

The Race for a Place to Call Home 5K has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 am, and we are actively discussing logistics and new health and safety norms for the Ohio Housing Conference, Dec. 1 – Dec. 3. Follow OHFA @ohiohousing on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook for updates.
Housing Policy
The Housing Policy team is compiling data and research for the Annual Plan and Housing Needs Assessment, which are tools OHFA uses to carry out its mission and educate our stakeholders and partners about various challenges in our state, respectively. The team has also been gathering data on how COVID-19 impacts housing need in Ohio and building new dashboards to continue driving internal strategy and evaluation.

Recently, Housing Policy added a new division to the department. The division of Outreach and Engagement will bolster training, education, and assistance with OHFA’s stakeholders, such as realtors, multifamily housing developers, and property managers. We are excited about our ability to continue focusing on customer service and partnership.
Employee of the Quarter and Year  
Eric Jackson - Spring 2020 Employee of the Quarter
Eric has been a critical component of the IT’s team hard work moving OHFA staff to working from home. When we received word that our Board and committee meetings could be held virtually, he researched best practices, provided support during meetings, and exhibited infinite patience.
Athena Lunsford - 2019 Employee of the Year
Athena NEVER stops fighting for what she thinks is best for her team. Her nominators describe her as friendly, approachable, genuinely caring, and willing to try new things. She communicates clearly, with respect and is a true leader.