affordable housing

Columbus Council members Emmanuel Remy and Shayla Favor, Mayor Andrew Ginther, and members Elizabeth Brown and Rob Dorans at an October press conference.
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The city of Columbus is hosting a virtual public hearing Tuesday at 5 p.m. to address a proposed "Housing for All" legislative package.

Columbus City Hall
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Columbus City Council takes up a measure on Monday night that would send $300,000 to the Columbus Urban League to support rent and mortgage assistance.

For Rent yard sign
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The city of Bexley appears to be the first community in Central Ohio to ban housing discrimination based on how a person gets their rent money.

Boarded up unit at Rosewind Apartment Complex in South Linden.
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The Rosewind Apartments, a low-income housing complex in Columbus’ South Linden neighborhood, is about to undergo a $13.7 million transformation, with renovations and health programming funded by CVS Health.

In this May 20, 2020, file photo, signs that read "No Job No Rent" hang from the windows of an apartment building during the coronavirus pandemic in Northwest Washington.
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Columbus-area landlord Andrew Levering is questioning why the CDC's national moratorium on evictions, ordered by the Trump administration through the end of 2020, will not give assistance to landlords.

The Trump administration is ordering a halt on evictions nationwide through December for people who have lost work during the pandemic and don't have other good housing options.

The new eviction ban is being enacted through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, which the agency says in its order "presents a historic threat to public health."

In this Oct. 22, 2019 file photo, a sign stands outside a home for sale in southeast Denver.
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Homebuyers who get their loans through state-run affordable borrowing programs seem less likely to default, according to new research from an Ohio State professor.

Emmanuel Kendrick, wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, at Marsh Brook Place.
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Early Friday morning, administrators show a wide-eyed Emmanuel Kendrick around one of the apartments at Marsh Brook Place. It’s considered permanent supportive housing, which means residents will have an extended amount of time to build savings and establish careers before moving out.

Cruz Santos thought her life was finally turning around in early March when she found a job at a shoe store after months of looking.

Two weeks later, the store shut down, throwing her back onto the unemployment lines, and leaving her and her three school-age kids at risk of losing the one-bedroom Bronx apartment where they live.

"I don't know what's going to happen and if they're going to kick me out of my apartment. And that's something hard, you know. You can hardly even sleep sometimes," Santos says.

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Columbus already had a competitive rental market. Now, as the pandemic enters its fifth month and federal coronavirus unemployment benefits dry up, many people won’t be able to pay rent on August 1.

Millions of Americans are facing the threat of eviction as a federal moratorium that has protected renters during the pandemic is set to expire Friday.

That eviction moratorium, coupled with unemployment assistance established in the CARES Act, has helped some renters stay in their homes.

A "cargominium" housing development in Columbus was torn down before it was completed.
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A "cargominium" housing development on Columbus' Northeast Side, which was built from reused shipping containers, is coming down before a single resident moved in.

Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 4, 2020.
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At protest after protest in Columbus, demonstrators have waved signs with calls to action like "abolish the police," "disband the police" or "defund the police."

There's a lot of money to account for: Columbus spends more than a third of its nearly $1 billion budget on police.

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After a more than two-month pause, eviction proceedings resume in Franklin County on Monday, leading some housing advocates to worry about a potential wave of people looking for new housing during the ongoing pandemic.

More than 30 million people have applied for unemployment as of April 30, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many are falling behind on their rent and are being evicted, despite new rules designed to stop evictions. Experts say the moratoriums by state and local officials don't go far enough and are leaving tenants vulnerable.

"My main concern is that I'll be evicted," says David Perez. The self-employed father of one sells artisanal wares, like wallets and sandals, at a flea market in Elkridge, Md. "What's going to happen to my family?"