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.


  • Removing Blight

    Four Ways Removing Blighted and Vacant Properties Stabilizes Communities

    Over the last decade, more research has emerged on how blight affects residents' health. Blighted and vacant properties can lead to neurological disorders, respiratory diseases, asthma, lead poisoning and other serious medical conditions.

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  • Predicting Evictions

    Predicting Evictions: A Look Back on Redlining in Ohio

    Can redlining maps made eight decades ago predict where evictions occur today? Redlining set in motion decades of community disinvestment that has plagued many of these neighborhoods ever since.

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  • Evicted: Tenant's Rights

    Evicted: Tenants' Rights and Unsafe Housing

    Housing stock for low-income residents is aging, and housing conditions show it, from lead-based paint to poor heating systems and more. This poor-quality housing often leads to eviction, housing code violations and other hazards. How can residents avoid eviction and find a safe place to call home?

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  • Evicted: No Place to Call Home

    Evicted: No Place to Call Home

    In 2016, over 100,000 evictions were filed in Ohio alone. What is at the root of this housing instability, and how do we tackle these issues in a cost-effective and humane way?

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  • John Clem House

    How OHFA Is Addressing Addiction Through Housing

    Across the United States, cities and states are noticing increases in addiction and overdose rates. For example, Ohio has one of the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths in the country. In 2016 alone, over 3,600 people died of opioid-related overdoses.

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  • A Just-Right Home

    Finding a Just-Right Home: The Realities of Renting in Ohio

    How well-suited are renters to their homes? Though housing researchers have explored the affordability and accessibility of housing, comparatively little research has been done on how compatible existing housing stock is with residents in the area.

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  • Back to School

    Back to School, Back to Basics: How Affordable Housing Helps Children Thrive

    Children across the state of Ohio are heading back to school, but where are they laying their heads at night? The Ohio Department of Education found that over 20,000 public school students lacked stable housing at some point during the 2016-2017 school year.

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  • Senior Tsunami

    The Senior Tsunami

    Welcome to the first episode of Doorsteps, a podcast by OHFA's Office of Research and Analytics. Join Dr. Cody Price, Research Analyst at OHFA, as he discusses housing in the state of Ohio and the challenges Ohioans face in the place they call home.

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  • Doorsteps Podcast

    Doorsteps: What Is Affordable Housing? (And What It's Not)

    Welcome to the first episode of Doorsteps, a podcast by OHFA's Office of Research and Analytics. Join Dr. Cody Price, Research Analyst at OHFA, as he discusses housing in the state of Ohio and the challenges Ohioans face in the place they call home.

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  • Journey to Homeownership

    The Journey to Homeownership: What to Expect Along the Way

    OHFA's homeownership programs provide down payment assistance, lower interest rates, mortgage tax credits and more to help Ohioans become homeowners. While purchasing a home can seem complicated, OHFA and partnering lenders across the state are ready to guide you through the homebuying process.

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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.