- State Data Overview
Across Ohio, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.KeyFacts455,993Or29%Renter households that are extremely low income$25,100Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)-256,875Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$33,267Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.67%Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
- State Level Partners
Become an NLIHC State Partner
NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.
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- Housing Trust FundHTF Implementation Information
NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Joey Lindstrom with any questions.Current Year HTF Allocation
$6,190,138HTF State Resources
2019 HDGF Guidelines (PDF)
State Housing Profile
Congressional District Housing Profile
Research and Data
National Housing Preservation Database
The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.
Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
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- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.
In response to COVID-19, Ohio HFA established the Emergency Housing Assistance Grant Program which is administered through Ohio’s Continua of Care (CoC) and includes the eight large Continua and the Balance of State Continuum of Care. Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) eligibility includes individuals who are unable to pay their rent and are at risk of imminent eviction. Applicants experiencing job loss, reduction in work hours, and all other economic challenges related to the health crisis are eligible. https://tinyurl.com/y2rlmlmt
Updated on July 24, 2020.
Updated on July 24, 2020.
City Description Source Cleveland In Cleveland, a new rental assistance program will help tenants and landlords long-term. The $11 million program is funded by money the city received under the government’s CARES Act. The city is currently waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). https://tinyurl.com/ybkp6mpj Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz last week announced the city will set aside $2 million in emergency federal funding to assist about 700 qualifying households. The new emergency rental assistance fund will give households up to $2,500 during a consecutive three-month period, officials said. https://tinyurl.com/ybkqyvkj Columbus Impact Community Action was selected to distribute the rental assistance dollars directly to those impacted by COVID-19 and to other partners that already have rental assistance programs, including the Columbus Urban League, COMPASS, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and Physicians Care Connection. IMPACT Community Action Hope Fund Match ($2.65M): The tenant-based rental assistance funding will provide support for tenants experiencing economic hardship to pay their rent directly to landlords. https://tinyurl.com/y67wsej6 Cuyahoga Greater Cleveland COVID Relief Fund has raised $8.7M and disbursed $6.6M, awarding EDEN and CHN Housing Partners with $70,000 and $50,000 respectively to provide housing-related assistance to low-income tenants in the city of Cleveland and county of Cuyahoga. In addition, the city of Cleveland and the county of Cuyahoga are planning to contribute $11.3M and $6.8M for rental assistance, with CHN Housing Partners and EDEN managing the program. This phase is anticipated to start on July 1. https://tinyurl.com/y6o44n5e
Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.
Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:
No information at this time.
Northeast Ohio advocates are concerned that thousands of Ohioans will face evictions after the federal moratorium expires on July 24. Studies estimate that as many as 713,255 Ohio renters could face eviction this year.
The Daily Record examined how the coronavirus pandemic has created an additional layer of problems for people experiencing homelessness in Ohio. The Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio, an NLIHC state partner, continues to call on Governor Mike DeWine to allocate $100 million of remaining CARES Act dollars to emergency rental assistance and urge the U.S. Senate to pass $100 billion in emergency rental assistance.
The Dayton Daily News discussed housing experts’ concerns that without a statewide rental assistance program, thousands of Ohio families will face eviction and homelessness. The Ohio Poverty Law Center and more than 100 other advocacy organizations have asked Governor Mike DeWine to earmark $100 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for emergency rental assistance.
The Columbus Dispatch Editorial Board wrote an article on the dangerous threat of evictions and utility cut-offs that looms as temporary eviction moratoriums expire. The authors expressed support for the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio’s (COOHIO) call for $100 million of Ohio’s federal coronavirus relief funds to be allocated for emergency rental assistance.
The Statehouse News Bureau highlighted NLIHC’s Out of Reach 2020 report findings and how the pandemic has worsened Ohio’s housing crisis. Advocates are urging Governor Mike DeWine to allocate at least $100 million of federal relief funds for emergency rental assistance.
Updated on July 28, 2020.
WCBE interviewed Marcus Roth of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, an NLIHC state partner, to discuss the Out of Reach 2020 report findings and advocates’ concerns about a potential surge of evictions and rise in homelessness in the coming months.
Updated on July 20, 2020.
According to a U.S. Census Bureau survey, more than 500,000 Ohioans were unable to pay their rent last month due to the pandemic. The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), an NLIHC state partner, has called on Governor Mike DeWine to invest a modest portion of the state’s coronavirus relief funding in emergency rental assistance. “Doing nothing is not an option when you can see disaster on the horizon. We need emergency rental assistance now,” said Bill Faith, executive director of COHHIO.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Sharonville backed out of a contract with the Butler County Commission to temporarily house people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. Butler County Emergency Management Agency Director Matt Haverkos previously reported that finding hotels willing to provide temporary shelter to people experiencing homelessness and those infected with the virus has been challenging.
A Cleveland hotel has provided temporary housing to people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.
Outreach to people experiencing homelessness in Cleveland has been critical for helping people find the services and shelter they need to stay safe during the pandemic.
Updated on July 13, 2020.
A Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Sharonville backed out of a contract with the Butler County Commission to temporarily house people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. Butler County Emergency Management Agency Director Matt Haverkos previously reported that finding hotels willing to provide temporary shelter to people experiencing homelessness and those infected with the virus has been challenging.
While the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have established rental assistance programs, with about $17 million in total available aid, advocates fear that this will be insufficient to meet the demand for assistance. The Cleveland Municipal Court’s Housing Court reopened on June 15, and at least 352 additional new eviction cases were filed that week. An attorney with the Ohio Poverty Law Center says that local rent relief programs, like those in Cuyahoga County, need additional state or federal funds to prevent a wave of evictions.
Updated on July 7, 2020.
The Daily Record examines the added difficulties that the pandemic has created for people experiencing homelessness. Advocates, including the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio (COHHIO), an NLIHC state partner, are urging federal and state officials to prioritize rental assistance.
Updated on June 29, 2020.
A Columbus Business First article discussed the role of housing in Central Ohio’s battle with inequality. “A lot of the racial inequality we’re seeing now is related to economic inequality. Minority communities are more likely to experience housing inequality and disproportionately more likely to be in low-wage industries hardest-hit by the pandemic. These injustices are at the heart of the unrest we’re seeing across the nation,” said Bill Faith, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, an NLIHC state partner.
Updated on June 22, 2020.
The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio is inviting companies, organizations, and public officials to sign on to a letter urging Governor Mike DeWine to dedicate at least $100 million from Ohio’s federal Coronavirus Relief Fund for emergency rental assistance.
Housing advocates in Ohio are concerned about a surge in COVID-19-related evictions and homelessness and are urging Congress to provide emergency rental assistance. According to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, an NLIHC state partner, most of the 1.3 million Ohioans who have filed for unemployment since the pandemic began are renters - many of whom are severely cost-burdened.
The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, an NLIHC state partner, held a housing and homelessness roundtable with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on June 3 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and the importance of supporting renters who are struggling to maintain their housing during the pandemic.
Updated on June 12, 2020.
Fair housing advocates in Ohio are monitoring predatory and illegal housing practices exacerbated by the pandemic, including illegal evictions, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, Toledo’s Fair Housing Center, and Legal Aid of Western Ohio held a roundtable discussion to help tenants, landlords, and homeowners understand their rights.
The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), an NLIHC state partner, held a teleconference call with the Ohio Poverty Law Center and the Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin to address the state’s affordable housing crisis. The advocates, including the executive director of COHHIO, Bill Faith, emphasized the urgent need to establish an emergency rental assistance relief program to protect low-income renters from eviction.
The Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio (AHACO) released its April tracking report detailing the impact of COVID-19 on the local affordable housing market. Affordable housing challenges increased in nearly all sectors. AHACO announced its support for including $100 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants in the next federal relief package to provide rental assistance to Ohio tenants.
The Ohio Poverty Law Center released a report last week highlighting the need for Ohio to direct new and existing federal funds to establish a rental assistance program to protect low-income renters, property owners, and financial institutions.
Ohio is newly under a “stay-at-home” order – which exempts individuals experiencing homelessness. However, many shelters in the state do not have the funding to deal with the capacity nor additional requirements to ensure shelters do not become vehicles for transmitting the virus.
An apparent positive case of coronavirus in Toledo has public housing residents on edge. Residents of the building in question have been asked to quarantine.
Agencies like the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio have taken a leading role in prioritizing the needs of the homeless community, raising necessary funding and public awareness of the issue. Ohio has about 300 homeless shelters which house more than 10,000 people.
The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund coalition awarded another round of biweekly grants totaling $977,000 for 19 local nonprofit groups. One nonprofit received $50,000 to provide emergency rental assistance, and another received $70,000 to provide housing and related support to at-risk individuals and families experiencing homelessness and housing instability.
Cleveland has launched three new relief programs to assist residents facing unemployment or eviction due to the pandemic. $11.3 million out of the $18 million in aid will be spent on rental assistance.
A letter to the editor in the Columbus Dispatch urged Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to follow through with his commitment to end the widespread eviction epidemic that was impacting low-income Ohioans prior to the pandemic.
The Dayton City Commission passed legislation providing tenants with extra protections against being evicted because they are unable to pay rent during the ongoing pandemic. The legislation requires landlords to provide a receipt for rent paid with cash or money orders and to set a cap on late fees.
Updated on June 12, 2020.
Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz announced the establishment of the Toledo COVID-19 Emergency Renter Assistance Fund (ERAF) on May 28. The city is allocating $1 million in Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding and an additional $1 million from the COVID-19 Emergency Solutions Grant dollars to fund the rental assistance program. The ERAF will assist approximately 700 eligible households with up to three months of rent payments.
Updated on June 12, 2020.
The city of Toledo announced a $2 million COVID-19 Emergency Renter Assistance Fund that will help renters and landlords impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will help approximately 700 households with up to three months of rental payments.
Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.
No state-wide moratorium issued, left up to local discretion. The Governor did request (not require) landlords refrain from eviction. The Ohio Supreme Court suggested (not mandated) that local courts pause eviction related matters and extended court deadlines to July 30, but there is still a high level of local discretion.
Updated: July 31
In the third week of July, 23.1% of adults in Ohio reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, over half a million renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.
Updated: July 29
Ohio never instituted a moratorium. The Census estimates 565,000 Ohio households didn't pay their rent in May, including 336,000 with children.
Franklin County, Ohio is processing 100 eviction cases a day. In Columbus, Ohio, eviction hearings are taking place in a convention center in order to accommodate the number of cases and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
June 18 Hamilton County When eviction hearing resumed mid-June, Hamilton County had over 1,000 eviction cases pending. June 15 Cuyahoga County: When their Housing Court reopened on June 15, 500 cases were pending and 125 were being accepted each day. Most hearings were being conducted remotely with no way for the public to observe. June16
Updated: July 16COVID-19 Resources Other
What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d
Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb