affordable housing

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


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

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.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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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.

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

Mayor Ginther describing the city's One Linden Plan during an interview with Tracy Townsend of WBNS-TV at the Columbus Metropolitan Club.
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Columbus officials are asking voters to sign off on $50 million in new borrowing for affordable housing. But voters will have to decide before a specific spending plan is in place.

Lawmakers told Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson Wednesday that there's little chance Congress will accept the Trump administration's plan to make deep cuts in housing and development programs.

City of Delaware

Delaware County once again tops the list for healthiest county in Ohio, according to a new national study.

Applicants hoping for a spot at Parsons Village Two fill out paperwork at The Reeb Center.
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At the Reeb Center, dozens of Columbus residents file through a small gymnasium. They’re submitting applications for a spot in a 60-unit development dedicated to seniors going up a block away on the corner of Parsons Avenue.

Debbie Holmes

Sherri Sims knew exactly what she wanted in her new home.