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.

  • Fair Housing

    What is Fair Housing?

    April is Fair Housing Month and marks the 54th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Discrimination can take on many forms and is not always obvious. Knowing your rights and where to go should you experience discrimination as a renter or homebuyer is important.

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  • Save the Dream Ohio

    Save the Dream Ohio Helps Homeowners Financially Impacted by the Pandemic

    OHFA has launched Save the Dream Ohio to help eligible Ohio homeowners who are facing foreclosure or cannot afford to pay their mortgage, utility bills or other related housing costs as a result of economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Preparing to Buy a Home

    Preparing to Buy a Home

    In a tough real estate market, it's important to be prepared, especially if you're a first-time homebuyer. How do you prepare? OHFA can help. Here are a few tips to help make the home buying process a bit easier!

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  • Regional Housing Needs Assessments

    New Regional Housing Needs Assessments Focus on Local Housing Challenges

    OHFA's Office of Housing Policy regularly evaluates the state's housing to gauge needs, identify gaps, and highlight key trends. For the first time, OHFA has released five Regional Housing Needs Assessments to spotlight the unique housing challenges within each region of Ohio.

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  • Home Warranty Benefits

    The Benefits of a Home Warranty

    If you have a home or are thinking about purchasing a home, homeowner insurance is something you have researched and planned to purchase. You may also be considering a home warranty. It's important to understand how a home warranty differs from homeowner insurance and the benefits it provides.

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  • Ohio Housing Conference Overview

    2021 Ohio Housing Conference Wrap Up

    The 2021 Ohio Housing Conference, "Moving Forward with New Perspective," was held virtually on December 1st and 2nd. Hosted in collaboration with Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, the two-day event provided more than 20 sessions exploring trending topics in the affordable housing industry, and drew more than 700 attendees.

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  • Broadband Access

    Broadband Access in New Construction

    Broadband infrastructure has been a hot topic over the last two years, particularly as the pandemic underscored just how many people do not have access to high speed internet. The subject aligns with OHFA's work to provide quality, safe, and affordable housing options for Ohioans.

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  • Clark-Fulton Neighborhood

    Cleveland's Clark-Fulton Neighborhood Ready for Transformation

    The FHAct50 Building Opportunity Fund was designed to build mixed-income neighborhoods by developing affordable housing in areas seeing a rise in market rate housing. In Cleveland, the Clark-Fulton neighborhood will see three new housing developments.

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  • 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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  • Homeowner Assistance Fund

    Ohio's Homeowner Assistance Plan

    President Biden announced the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which would provide relief to Americans impacted by COVID. The Homeowners Assistance Plan provides funding for each state and other territories to provide additional relief to those struggling to make payments toward their mortgages and/or other financial obligations related to their home.

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  • Power of Home

    The Power of Home

    In this podcast episode, the Power of Home pilot program is discussed as it aims to support OHFA's first-time homeowners by providing free education and financial tools through the Keep app.

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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.