OHFA 2020 Summer Newsletter

The delay of the 2020 Summer Olympics inspired an Olympic theme for Single Family Housing’s annual Partner Celebration. Although a virtual experience, the Olympic spirit was present with a torch passing, a former Olympian as our surprise guest speaker and, of course, an awards ceremony. The Housing Preservation team is disbursing the last of the Hardest Hit Fund monies and is successfully implementing a new lead demolition grant from the Ohio Department of Health. OHFA’s Office of Housing Policy manages several demands every year: conduct data research and analysis, develop blogs and podcasts to make research and policy more easily understood, and support OHFA staff with internal insight and data findings. The department has been hard at work, particularly in our current environment. Within Housing Policy, the Outreach and Engagement division is developing an outreach and engagement plan. The Agency’s real estate and training teams work hard to make sure our realtor partners and property owners stay up to date on programs and available resources. Downtime rarely happens within Multifamily Housing’s Development division. Despite the uncertainty surrounding much of our world, staff is working diligently. Here is a snapshot: conduct reviews and approvals for 4% tax credit applications and architectural plans; process development assistance loans; collect loan repayments; execute contracts for the Ohio 811 program, and so much more. Multifamily Housing’s Compliance division has used the disruption of its inspections to become more efficient and creative as staff prepare to return to the field in early 2021. The final phase of the OHFA Inspection system launched August 31. New enhancements include remote tenant file upload, electronic file review, the ability to respond to audit findings directly through the system, and other streamlined functions. Communications & Marketing staff are navigating virtual events, groundbreakings, grand openings and a statewide fall advertising campaign. By far the largest undertaking is the Ohio Housing Conference. This year’s event is a virtual experience held over two information-packed days, Dec. 1- 2. Conference coordinators are making sure the virtual experience lives up to the quality that attendees have come to expect. 2 Communications and Marketing Update 3 Office of Multifamily Housing: Development Update 4 Office of Multifamily Housing: Compliance Division Update 5 Office of Housing Policy Update 6 Office of Housing Policy : Outreach and Engagement Update 7 Single Family Housing: Residential Lending Update 9 Single Family Housing: Housing Preservation Update 10 Employee News WAYSTOKEEP INTOUCH: JOINOUR EMAILLIST: SUMMER AGENCY AT A GLANCE