housing

Construction at River & Rich in Franklinton.
Nick Evans

Columbus leaders baked in the Tuesday morning sun at River And Rich to promote a new tax abatement strategy aimed at increasing Columbus’ stock of affordable housing.

During his visit to Cleveland today, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson toured a temporary housing center on the east side.

He said his department prefers to back programs helping people support themselves. “That’s our major focus now at HUD, on the people themselves as opposed to the programs and the houses,” said Carson. 

Carson walked around Family Promise of Greater Cleveland where kids played in a common room while parents in the next room used computers to search for jobs. The faith-based, private non-profit receives $107,000 a year in HUD funding.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a Columbus organization a $6.07 million grant to combat youth homelessness in the city.

Akron City Council is not likely to decide until this fall what to do about a tent city of homeless people on the city’s east side. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on a struggle by city planners and others to find an answer:

Advocates for Second Chance Village cheered and elebrated the announcement that the Akron Planning Commission would delay a vote on the tent city’s future until next month.

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A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) found that only two of the top 10 most common jobs in Ohio pay enough to rent a basic two-bedroom apartment.

Affordable Housing in Columbus

Jun 6, 2018
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As the city of Columbus keeps growing, housing is become more scarce. In some cases, residents are removed from their neighborhoods in order to make room for new developments. Today we discuss the availability and development of affordable housing in Columbus. 

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson wants Americans living on housing assistance to put more of their income toward rent and he wants to give public housing authorities the ability to impose work requirements on tenants.

Under current law, most tenants who get federal housing assistance pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent, and the government kicks in the rest up to a certain amount.

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March home sale figures for Ohio will be released Monday and regardless of whether the number is higher than the month before, realtors are expecting the current sellers' market to continue.

Clare Roth / WOSU

Tyvek homewrap flaps over the unfinished wooden beams of the Luxe Belle, as a sign proclaims "Now Leasing." Another sign entices the first 20 renters with free Taco Bell for a year, a tie-in with the fast-food chain that will occupy the mixed-use development’s first floor.

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

The Franklin County Recorder's Office wants to increase transparency with "rent-to-own" home deals. The effort follows WOSU’s reporting on what city officials and housing advocates call "the new form of the foreclosure crisis."

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