Stories of Home – OHFA Programs

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.


  • Lead Paint

    Help for Toledo Homeowners with Lead Paint

    Despite lead paint being banned for residential use more than forty years ago, lead paint still exists in many older homes in Ohio and the nation. The problem is particularly significant in Toledo, Ohio where qualifying homeowners can use low-interest home repair loans to help pay the costs to make their homes Lead Safe.

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  • Six Steps to Homeownership

    Six Steps to Homeownership with OHFA

    As we celebrate National Homeownership Month, we are proud to offer programs that can help Ohioans find and afford a safe, affordable place to call their own. Get started on the path towards homeownership with these six easy steps.

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  • First Time Home Buyers

    Becoming First Time Home Buyers

    Tanesha and Darrio were paying for a two-bedroom apartment that they both knew they'd eventually leave. So they asked themselves, "Why not pay for something that we're going to have forever?"

  • 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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  • 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 Dos and Don'ts of Purchasing Your First Home

    Purchasing your first home can be a complicated and intimidating process with massive financial repercussions. By following the five dos and avoiding the five don'ts below, you can find the home of your dreams without a nightmarish homebuying process.

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  • Here Today, Home Tomorrow: How OHFA Helped This Ohio Teacher Buy His First Home

    Every year, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) helps Ohioans buy the homes of their dreams with down payment assistance, homebuyer education and more. In 2017, at the age of 27 years old, Matthew finally became a first-time homeowner.

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  • How Grants for Grads Helped Courtney Return to Her Childhood Community

    After graduating from Otterbein University in 2013, Courtney and her fiancé , John, knew they wanted to purchase a home. However, homeownership seemed like a far-off dream. Then, John found the Ohio Housing Finance Agency's Grants for Grads program, and they realized their dream could become a reality much sooner than they expected.

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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.