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.


  • 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

    Higher Opportunity in Affordable Housing: Move to Prosper

    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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  • Race and Impact on Education

    Affordable Housing, Race and Impact on Education

    Intensely segregated schools are defined as schools with 90-100% non-white student enrollment, or 90-100% white student enrollment and the numbers of these schools has tripled since 1988.

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  • Move to Prosper

    Higher Opportunity in Affordable Housing: Move to Prosper

    Children have the ability to do very well when they move to a higher opportunity community. Move to Prosper founders sought to test this in Columbus, Ohio, the second most economically separated region in the U.S.

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  • Ready for Homeownership?

    Are You Ready for Homeownership?

    While homeownership can be a great tool for building wealth, it also includes expenses like taxes, insurance, utility payments and unexpected repairs. As you begin the homebuying process, make sure you are financially ready.

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