- 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$32,728Annual 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.
Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]
- 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.
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
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.
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 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.COVID-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