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Affordable Housing in Columbus

Jun 6, 2018
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As the city of Columbus keeps growing, housing is become more scarce. In some cases, residents are removed from their neighborhoods in order to make room for new developments. Today we discuss the availability and development of affordable housing in Columbus. 

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J.D. Vance, the best-selling author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” is starting to appear in the spotlight more and more with his thoughts on how the government should take on issues that affect the working poor, suggesting an interest in public service. Vance discussed his ideas on how Ohio should tackle poverty during a forum in Columbus.

President Trump's proposed budget, released Tuesday, calls for a major reworking of the nation's social safety net for low-income Americans. It would impose more stringent work requirements and limits on those receiving aid, including disability and food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. It would also give states more control of, and responsibility for, such spending.

Anti-poverty advocates have vowed to fight the budget plan, which requires congressional approval to go into effect.

Do black and white children who live in assisted or subsidized housing experience different life outcomes?

That question was at the center of a new study by Sandra Newman and C. Scott Holupka, two researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. They combed through federal data on households in public housing or those that received housing vouchers from the 1970s through the first decade of the 2000s.

On the south side of Dallas, Nena Eldridge lives in a sparse but spotless bungalow on a dusty lot. At $550 each month, her rent is just about the cheapest she could find in the city.

After an injury left her unable to work, the only income she receives is a $780 monthly disability check. So she has to make tough financial choices, like living without running water.

An artist's rendering of "cargominiums" made from shipping containers.
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If you watch reality TV or use do-it-yourself sites like Pinterest, you've probably seen garages, bunkers, or even houses made from old shipping containers. A Columbus non-profit housing agency is taking that a step further with the state's first apartment building built from those big metal boxes.

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The Columbus economy continues to grow, and with it many people are moving closer to the Downtown area. As a result there's been a lot of replacement of affordable housing for low-income families with newer, more expensive properties.  A new report claims that very few low-income options are located in good neighborhoods leading to a divide between the residents.

In the last ten years, the near east side Columbus neighborhood of Weinland Park has seen tens of millions dollars invested in its housing and infrastructure. But high unemployment and crime remain issues despite its proximity to the Ohio State University campus. And the mostly non-profit developers behind the investments also tread a fine line between improvement and what longtime Weinland Park resident Joyce Hughes called the “G word.â€? That’s G for Gentrification, that is, improvements that make the neighborhood unaffordable for its current residents.

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