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.

  • Save the Dream Ohio Update

    Save the Dream Ohio Program Update

    In April 2022, OHFA launched the Save the Dream Ohio program to help Ohio homeowners who have been financially impacted by a loss of income or increase in expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, as of September 2022, the last quarterly report to the US Treasury, the program has helped more than 12,000 households, which results in more than $66 million in funding.

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  • HTC Resident Profile

    New Housing Tax Credit Resident Profile Helps Determine Housing Needs in Ohio

    The new Housing Tax Credit Resident Profile looks at the demographics of the more than 173,000 residents living in affordable rental units in 2021 that were funded using the federal Housing Tax Credit program. This information will help OHFA and its partners determine where needs are being met and where gaps remain.

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  • Ohio's Ghost Towns

    DATABYTE: A Spooktacular Tour of Ohio's Ghostliest Places to Call Home

    This Halloween season we're taking a look at selected spots in Ohio where the spirits of the dead call home. This post highlights Ohio's most fascinating and spookiest ghost towns. Once vibrant communities, these ghost towns were partially or entirely abandoned, often as a result of economic decline or–in many cases–a tragic event!

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  • Save the Dream Ohio's Impact

    OHFA Uses Data to Understand Save the Dream Ohio's Impact

    The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ohio homeowners have been felt statewide. OHFA's Save the Dream Ohio program provides funding to homeowners who have been financially impacted by the pandemic, with the primary goal of preventing mortgage delinquencies, foreclosures, and other negative housing outcomes.

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  • Move to PROSPER

    Move to PROSPER: Creating Housing Opportunities for Franklin County Families

    This three-year pilot was designed to help single mothers with children under the age of 13 in Franklin County improve their quality of life by providing safe, healthy, and affordable rental housing in high resourced neighborhoods.

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  • Closing the Gap

    DATABYTE: Closing Ohio's Affordability Gap for Extremely Low-Income Renters

    A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition highlights a supply shortage of housing units that are affordable and available to renters at the lowest income levels. In Ohio, there were only 189,172 rental units in 2020 that were both affordable and available to the state's 443,717 extremely low-income (ELI) renter households.

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