We received a great report from our Homeownership team. The team has implemented several strategies in recent years that are reaping rewards in relationships with lenders, real estate agents and homebuyers. New loan purchases are on track to surpass those of the last three years. The team leading the Neighborhood Initiative Program is working diligently with land banks across the state as they demolish, clear and green properties in their communities. The Office of Housing Policy recently released its second report on homelessness in the state. Perhaps most alarming were the increased numbers of children who had yet to reach their first birthday who were among those accessing homelessness services. The data confirms that affordable housing is a critical need in Ohio. It’s about time for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit applications. OHFA’s Office of Planning, Preservation and Development is getting ready to accept and review up to 90 applications in mid-February. This year’s scoring is based on criteria outline in the 2019 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP). 2 Hal Keller Retiring, Being Succeeded by Housing and Community Development Veteran Peg Moertl 3 April Brings Spring and a Race and Starting at Home 4 Office of Housing Policy Update 5 Office of Program Compliance Update 6 Office of Homeownership Update 7 Office of Planning, Preservation and Development Update 8 Grand Openings and Groundbreakings 9 Employee News WAYS TO KEEP IN TOUCH: JOINOUR EMAIL LIST: FEBRUARY 2019 AGENCY AT A GLANCE The training arm of our Program Compliance office has been busy developing new trainings, updating its webpages and providing webinars to continue to advance education to OHFA multifamily partners. We say goodbye to Hal Keller, president of frequent OHFA partner, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), and hello to Peg Moertl the new president of OCCH. Hal is planning to retire after 26 years at the helm of OCCH where he first began as its development director. The organization has made significant strides and impact in the arena of affordable housing largely due to Hal’s leadership. OHFA and OCCH team up for the second annual Race for a Place (to Call Home) run/ walk 5K and the third biennial Starting at Home Conference . The Race, on April 6, will be held at McFerson Commons Park near Nationwide Arena. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Hotel April 17 – April 18.