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Oregon is about to become the first state in the nation to impose rent control on landlords, after lawmakers passed an extensive measure on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 608 sailed through the state's House in a 35-25 vote. It now heads for a signature from Gov. Kate Brown, who has voiced support for the cause.

Maggie Parks has been attending a homebuyer's class at Homeport in order to get down payment assistance. She closed on her house in Milo Grogan last September.
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This is the second of a two-part series on affordable housing in Columbus. Read part one here.

On a recent Saturday morning, bleary-eyed prospective homeowners bundled in winter coats piled into a classroom at Homeport in northeast Columbus. Kerrick Jackson, who leads the course, opens with a question: How do you get downtown? 

E.J. Thomas is the director of Mid-Ohio Habitat For Humanity, and says many low-income families can't afford housing considered "affordable."
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This is the first of a two-part series on affordable housing in Columbus. Read part two here.

Mattias Minarsch leads a group of about half a dozen Habitat For Humanity volunteers putting the finishing touches on a home in Linden.

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Dressed in an entirely pink outfit, Christina Bogardus is hunched over a computer at the Linden branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. She says she comes here often to watch videos, chat online with friends, and over the last couple of months, apply for jobs.

Houses in Weinland Park
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More working families in Columbus could soon realize their dream of becoming homeowners through a new affordable housing program.

Bill Keller has lived for nine years in Courtyard Estates, a Clintonville mobile home community that's under threat of being developed into apartments.
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The entrance to mobile home community Courtyard Estates is tucked off a discreet alleyway adjacent to Leland Avenue in Clintonville. More than 60 senior citizens call this trailer park home; some have been here for decades.

Andrew Ginther

In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Andrew Ginther touted Columbus’ work to improve neighborhoods—particularly Linden. Looking forward, the mayor emphasized plans for housing, health, climate change and education.

Alex Powell, left, holds the ladder for another Franklinton Rising trainee during a home renovation on Chicago Avenue.
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It’s a seller’s market in Central Ohio as inventory remains low, and that’s likely to continue as homebuilders find it more difficult to construct new housing.

Affordable Housing And Homelessness in Columbus

Jan 23, 2019
Mount Carmel's street outreach team goes out to homeless camps around Columbus to give check-ups and prescribe medicine.
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Last year, Franklin County saw a jump in the number of homeless people to 1,807. That’s according to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This current estimate is the highest it has been since 2007. On the backs of this report, the Community Shelter Board is gearing up for its homeless count on Thursday.

Today on All Sides, homelessness in central Ohio.

 

If you’re a Baby Boomer, here are a couple of statistics that should concern you. By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 and over. Yet a Harvard study says the nation has a serious shortage in accessible housing, the type that helps seniors age in place.

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Columbus City leaders have announced a planned senior housing "village" in the Hilltop.

Columbus Council member Jaiza Page is leaving for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.
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Columbus announced the winners of the Learning Skills to Lift Neighborhoods grant on Friday. The program aims to increase affordable housing and provide work experience.

A new report says Downtown Cleveland has capacity for thousands more housing units, but is lagging in homeowners and should work to preserve affordable housing options.

The report, released Wednesday, was prepared by consulting firm Urban Partners and commissioned by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for the neighborhood.

Housing Demand Expected To Continue

Downtown population has grown about 56 percent since 2010, and the researchers expect continued demand for market-rate housing.

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Infant mortality rates in Franklin County have declined slightly in recent years, but community and health leaders say more attention to the problem could bring better outcomes, especially for black children.

Nick Evans / WOSU

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson toured Lakeisha Terry’s home in the Milo Grogan neighborhood on Friday morning. She showed off the backyard with new sod, the garage, and her two boys’ bedroom—with wall decals of their names above their beds. 

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