Stories of Home

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency is proud to present Stories of Home – a blog that features current happenings in the housing industry and also highlights those that have been positively impacted by our Agency's work.

  • Homelessness in Ohio

    Homelessness in Ohio

    A new report from the Ohio Human Services Data Warehouse finds the number of Ohioans experiencing homelessness continues to rise. The number of people experiencing homelessness has grown consistently, increasing by 30.8% between 2012 and 2018.

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  • Thanksgiving Fun

    Thanksgiving Fun

    As we approach winter, we also arrive at a time to give thanks. To celebrate, we put together a few maps to highlight where to see live turkeys, fun fall activities, and one of the best ways to show thanks. Check out our Thanksgiving analysis to see them all.

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  • Gentrification

    Developing Neighborhoods and the Complexities of Gentrification

    In the latest episode of the Doorsteps podcast, Michael Wilkos of United Way of Central Ohio joins Dr. Cody Price to talk about the growing challenge of high housing costs and neighborhood development, and one Columbus neighborhood where government intervention has seen positive results: Weinland Park.

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  • Halloween

    Even Dust and Bones Need a Place to Call Home

    While we know Ohio has a lack of decent, affordable housing for the living, the Halloween season got us wondering: How much "housing" is needed for the dead?

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  • Domestic Violence

    Surviving Domestic Violence while Surviving a Pandemic

    When a survivor of domestic violence decides to leave, fear is a natural response. But imagine deciding to leave an abusive environment in the midst of a pandemic. Because many people are not leaving home as often, the danger is more pronounced.

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  • State of Housing

    The State of Housing in Ohio

    In the latest episode of the Doorsteps podcast, Dr. Cody Price is joined by his colleague, Devin Keithley, to share key points of the annual Housing Needs Assessment. The podcast reveals crucial housing trends and challenges, changes to the HNA and critical data, including the addition of a COVID-19 section.

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  • Social Vulnerability

    Where Ohioans are Most Vulnerable to Disaster or Outbreak

    Knowing where the most vulnerable populations live is crucial in preparing for disasters. Identifying these communities can help in estimating the amount of needed supplies or emergency response, communicating and mobilizing for evacuations or finding the best location for community outreach centers to provide beds, testing or financial assistance.

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  • Addiction Recovery

    Community Over Isolation: Addiction Recovery in the Age of COVID-19

    Addiction recovery is a journey without an arrival date. Every day free from drugs and/or alcohol is a victory. But when a pandemic threatens to upend the recovery journey, what happens?

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  • Racial Inequality

    These Five Charts Show the True Struggle for Black Homeownership

    Owning a home is arguably one of the best ways to build equity and intergenerational wealth. For many Black Ohioans, purchasing a home and the wealth-building benefits that come with homeownership are often difficult or out of reach.

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  • Mental Health

    A Roof Over Your Head: Mental Health in Trying Times

    The stigmas that surround mental illness, paired with the lack of mental health resources, can wreak havoc on individuals and families. When a support system is not available, those with mental illness are vulnerable to homelessness and incarceration.

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The views and opinions portrayed in Stories of Home do not necessarily reflect the policies or position of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.