affordable housing

The Trump Administration has named its choice to lead the federal office on homelessness: Robert Marbut, a well-known consultant to cities trying to tackle the issue.

For a long time in Cleveland, more families have wanted to move into public housing than out. The waiting list to get an apartment through the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) stood at 19,000 people as of 2018.

But people do move out of public housing all the time. After 14 years in public housing, Kisha Nixon is one of them.

This former Akron apartment building will be renovated by Graduate Hotels and will offer transitional housing to families of I Promise School students in need.
LeBron James Family Foundation

The LeBron James Family Foundation has partnered with a Chicago-based hotel company to address a pressing need for some of its students: housing.

Joe Motil, Liliana Rivera Baiman (holding signs) with Yes We Can canvassers.
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On a drizzly Sunday afternoon, Joe Motil went knocking on doors in a neighborhood near MAPFRE Stadium.

A Columbus Council candidate forum in October 2019. From left: Elizabeth Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Joe Motil, moderator Walker Evans, Emmanuel Remy, Scott Singratsomboune and Tiffany White.
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Next Tuesday is Election Day, and four Columbus City Council seats are on the ballot. Four incumbent council members are running for re-election, challenged by three candidates backed by the progressive organization Yes We Can.

And then there's Scott Singratsomboune, who is pitching himself as an independent voice on Council and completely self-funding his campaign.

Forty-thousand families in Hamilton County can't find a place to rent or own that is affordable. That's according to the Housing Affordability in Hamilton County study.

Housing advocates have been demanding public officials fund more affordable housing and stop displacement.

Ohio State University announced it will close Buckeye Village, a graduate student and family apartment complex, next fall. 

A Columbus Council candidate forum in October 2019. From left: Elizabeth Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Joe Motil, moderator Walker Evans, Emmanuel Remy, Scott Singratsomboune and Tiffany White.
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City Council candidates clashed over tax abatements at a Columbus Metropolitan Club forum on Wednesday. Incumbents defend the idea, but challengers see plenty to criticize.

YMCA of Central Ohio is closing its downtown building and moving out 400 residents over the course of several years.
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Hundreds of residents at the YMCA of Central Ohio will be placed in new accommodations over the next few years as the organization leaves its current downtown building at 40 W. Long Street.

Shayla Favor announcing the initiative at IMPACT Community Action.
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Columbus will partner with two local organizations to help people navigate eviction court and hopefully avoid filings in the first place. Local leaders announced the $300,000 investment on Tuesday. 

Weinland Park homes

Franklin County Commissioners are planning to put an additional $65 million into affordable housing efforts over the next 10 years.

A rendering of a proposed North Market tower, which would be 28 stories tall.

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.
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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

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.