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.

  • CONVERGENCE Columbus

    OHFA Partners with CONVERGENCE Columbus

    During Black History Month, OHFA celebrates its partnership with CONVERGENCE Columbus, a cross-sector collective of community leaders, industry professionals, and practitioners solving challenges to Black and minority homeownership.

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  • Financial Wellbeing

    Improving Your Financial Wellness

    January is Financial Wellness Month and a great time to set yourself up for financial success in 2024. Regardless of the economic environment, The Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary suggests you can improve your finances by implementing the following tips.

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  • Infant Mortality

    Infant Mortality and Why It Matters

    The infant mortality rate in a state or local community reflects the social, economic, and environmental conditions in which children and families live. The recent spike in Ohio's infant mortality rate suggests that the conditions in which Ohioans live could be declining, which may include the lack of affordable stable housing.

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  • New Builds in Ohio

    New Builds in Ohio: A Changing & Challenging Housing Landscape

    Reports of the housing shortage have been dominant in the public consciousness for the past several years. At OHFA, we are identifying the various causes of this shortage and implementing programs to address it.

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  • Mortgage Loan Denial Rate

    DATABYTE: Mortgage Loan Denial Rate in Ohio Varies by Loan Purpose and Race

    For Ohioans applying for a mortgage loan, we found that the likelihood of being denied by a lender can vary considerably depending on factors such as the purpose of the loan or the race of the applicant.

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  • Ohio Heroes Program

    Helping Ohio's Heroes Purchase a Home

    One of our goals at OHFA is to help Ohioans achieve their dream of homeownership. For Ohio's first responders, teachers, and active and retired military, OHFA offers a discounted mortgage rate through the Ohio Heroes program.

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  • Fall Home Preparation

    Fall Home Preparation

    Who knew there were so many chores to prepare your home for fall in Ohio? We've created a list of do-it-yourself (DIY) tips – in no particular order to help you get started this autumn season.

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  • National Preparedness Month

    Emergency Plans for National Preparedness Month

    September is National Preparedness Month, and the focus of FEMA's 2023 Ready Campaign is preparing older adults for any disaster. Older adults tend to be more vulnerable as they face numerous challenges.

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  • Beat the Summer Heat

    Help with the Heat

    The dog days of summer are most certainly here, but there are ways to cool your home without breaking the bank. Energy companies and other experts suggest the following energy-saving tips listed in this blog post.

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  • QAP 101

    QAP 101

    Have you ever heard the abbreviation "QAP" in a housing meeting and wondered what it means? The Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) outlines the priorities and guidelines that OHFA uses to administer the federal low-income housing tax credits.

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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.