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A rendering of a proposed North Market tower, which would be 28 stories tall.
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Columbus officials have released details of an agreement to build a new tower next to North Market.

Austin Place development just west of the Hilltop. Columbus is struggling to build enough housing to accomodate its rapidly growing population.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Under the 90-degree sun, two men in hard hats install air conditioners in the backs of apartments. A second pair climbs ladders to install windows, while another drills screws into white-painted doors.

Tucked into the 2017 law intended to cut Americans' taxes was a program aimed at helping communities struggling with high unemployment and run-down housing.

What's not clear is who's actually getting the most assistance from it.

The program allows investors to defer and potentially lower their capital gains taxes in exchange for investing in designated low-income neighborhoods.

Houses in Weinland Park
WOSU

Columbus' Affordable Housing Trust is getting $100 million from private investors like Huntington Bank and Nationwide Insurance to fund larger and more long-term projects. 

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If you listen carefully, you'll hear something unusual on the presidential campaign trail this year. Democratic candidates are talking a lot about the lack of affordable housing, an issue that rarely, if ever, comes up in an election. They're trying to tap into a growing national concern, as well as a potential voting bloc.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo, builder Janez Bratkovic prepares to put in a header on a new home construction in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Columbus City Council wants to create new affordable housing development opportunities on the city’s Far East Side.

WOSU

A coalition of groups that advocates for low-income Ohioans says the state has made considerable progress in the effort to reduce poverty, but there is much more work to be done.

Houses in Weinland Park
WOSU

Franklin County Commissioners approved a plan on Tuesday for housing and urban development funds next year, which includes a small decrease in federal funds.

The city of Whitehall bought an apartment complex after years of complaints, and plans to tear it down.
City Of Whitehall

The final remaining residents are moving out of a long-blighted Whitehall condominium complex. The city bought the Woodcliff development and plans to tear it down after years of complaints.

Mold. Leaks. Rodents. Crime. These are just some of the things the nation's 2 million public housing residents have to worry about. Many of the buildings they live in have been falling into disrepair for decades. Public housing officials estimate that it would cost $50 billion to fix them up.

But the Trump administration wants to eliminate the federal fund now used to repair public housing in favor of attracting more private investment to fix up and replace it.

Tens of thousands of poor children — all of them American citizens or legal residents — could lose their housing under a new rule proposed Friday by the Trump administration.

The rule is intended to prevent people who are in the country illegally from receiving federal housing aid, which the administration argues should go to help only legal residents or citizens.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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Columbus voters have given the city the go-ahead to borrow $1 billion.

The Ohio State University

Columbus is growing at a rapid rate: By 2050, the city is predicted to have a population of 3 million people. City leaders and others formed a public-private partnership to study how they can best prepare the city for that growth.

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Off-year elections don't often get a lot of attention from voters. Even less notice is paid to primary elections in an off-year. But Ohio voters will decide on many significant issues on May 7, in addition to selecting the candidates that will campaign through November.

An artist's rendering of "cargominiums" made from shipping containers.
NISRE, Inc.

A new Columbus developer will step in to complete a "cargominium" housing project, considered the first of its kind. 

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