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Appalachian Housing Initiative

The Appalachian Housing Initiative (AHI) is a multi-pronged research study that identifies current and future affordable housing needs in the 32 counties comprising Appalachia Ohio where lack of funding, low area median incomes and population density as well as aging, substandard housing stock present significant barriers to affordable housing development. Conducted by the Ohio CDC Association in partnership with Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the AHI resulted in the creation of unique strategies to build capacity for affordable housing development in Appalachia Ohio through collaboration among funders, developers and other housing intermediaries.

The AHI final report begins with description of the various research components and the methodologies behind each. A discussion of barriers to the development of quality affordable housing, as identified by research participants, is also provided. Final recommendations for increasing the availability of quality affordable housing in Appalachia Ohio are detailed in the last section of the report.

Affordable Housing Market Study of 32 Appalachian Ohio Counties

The affordable housing market study provides a comprehensive assessment of the current and anticipated affordable housing needs of each of the 32 counties comprising Appalachia Ohio.

Appalachian Housing Interactive Database

This interactive database includes details about existing rental housing properties in each of the 32 counties analyzed in the Affordable Housing Market Study and was created to assist with housing development initiatives in Appalachia Ohio.

Appalachian Project Funding Analysis

A project funding analysis was completed to explore differences between Appalachian, rural non-Appalachian and urban affordable housing developments. Variables analyzed include rent structures, income restrictions, debt-coverage, operating expenses, project sources, development costs/uses, gap debt sources and the availability/use of housing tax credits.

The Economic Impact of the Housing Tax Credit Program in Ohio: Income, Jobs and Taxes Generated

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) was commissioned to estimate the short and long-term direct, indirect, induced, and total economic effects of the Housing Tax Credit Program in terms of employment, tax revenue, and the value added to Ohio's state and local economy. In particular, OHFA asked NAHB to estimate the impacts of 4,608 units of new construction and rehabilitation of existing structures that were cost certified in 2011 and 2012. The NAHB model captures the effect of the construction activity itself and the ripple impact that occurs when income earned from construction activity is spent and recycled in the state.

Impact of the Shale Oil Industry on Ohio's Housing Market

The Marcellus and Utica shale formations extending through eastern Ohio hold large deposits of oil and gas resources. Shale oil development, including horizontal drilling activity, has consequently increased in this region of the state creating the potential for environmental, economic and social impacts. The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) in partnership with the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) contracted with The Ohio State University, Department of Agricultural, Environment, and Development Economics, Ohio University, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), and Vogt Santer Insights to examine housing markets in the counties of Ohio impacted by shale oil development. This collaborative research effort resulted in the release of four distinct reports highlighting the effects of shale oil development on housing markets in rural eastern Ohio including housing affordability and availability.

Assessing the Impact of Shale Energy Boom on Ohio Local Housing Markets

Prepared by The Ohio State University, Department of Agriculture, Development and Environmental Economics

This report investigates the impact of the Marcellus shale boom on Pennsylvania county housing markets and compares outcomes in affected communities to like counties in rural eastern Ohio and western New York.

The Impact of Horizontal Shale Well Development on Housing: Five-County Region Briefing Report

Prepared by Ohio University, The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

This report presents results from a county-level impact analysis of shale drilling activity on rental housing availability and affordability in Carroll, Columbiana, Jefferson, Stark and Tuscarawas counties.

The Impact of Shale Development on Housing in Carroll County

Prepared by Prepared by Ohio University, The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

This report identifies and documents existing impacts related to shale development on housing and homelessness in Carroll County which was selected as the focus area for the research because of the large concentration of drilling activity occurring in the county.

Rental Housing Assessment of Carroll, Columbiana, Tuscarawas and Stark Counties

Prepared by Vogt Santer Insights for the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO)

The purpose of this analysis is to assess the rental housing markets in Carroll, Columbiana, Stark and Tuscarawas counties and the changes that have occurred over the past year related to the increase in oil and gas exploration.

Evaluation of Cornerstone Renter Equity

The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) in partnership with the Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati and the Center for Housing Policy will evaluate the Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity's system for management of affordable, multifamily rental housing, known as Renter EquitySM. The management system links property management with a wealth building vehicle in order to enable households needing affordable multifamily rental housing to have a voice in decisions that affect them and a financial stake in how well their housing is maintained.

Health Impact Assessment: Alignment of Affordable Housing Physical Inspection Policies in Ohio

The OAHR was awarded a generous grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts to conduct a health impact assessment to inform the revision of compliance rules and policies for housing inspections, both within OHFA's state-level compliance standards, and at the federal level. This HIA will inform decisions on a proposal to improve interagency coordination and streamline the current system for housing inspections on affordable housing units. At present, different inspections are conducted or required by local housing authorities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Housing inspections help identify and remedy substandard physical conditions, like water leaks and mold, pests, peeling paint, and structural hazards which can contribute to a wide range of health problems including asthma, injury and burns, and mental illness. The HIA findings will be used within OHFA and the federal Rental Policy Working Group to inform the final proposed language for the physical inspection regulations. This project is a collaborative effort between the Office of Affordable Housing Research; The Ohio State University, College of Public Health; the Ohio U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; USDA Rural Development offices; and the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio.

For more information about the Health Impact Project visit

Shelterforce July 2012

Ohio Statewide Data Warehousing Project

To move the statewide policies on homelessness and affordable housing forward, a statewide data warehouse will be developed for cross-systems data analysis to inform state planning efforts on homelessness. The Ohio statewide data warehouse will serve multiple purposes including, but not limited to obtaining unduplicated regional counts of homeless persons; identifying prevalence of chronic homelessness; understanding client movement across continuum boundaries; and analyzing service usage across continuums. This project will strengthen the collaborative efforts by merging information from multiple state agencies and local homeless service providers to develop a more comprehensive strategy toward ending homelessness, based on the full myriad of factors contributing to the issue, including accessibility to health care, housing, and behavioral health services.

For more information about this topic, please contact Holly Holtzen.

Roadmap to Youth Housing

Daybreak's "Roadmap" project is a 27-month project that will identify emerging best practices for developing and implementing a comprehensive housing program for homeless and transitioning youth. The project is a partnership between Daybreak, a Dayton-based organization that provides a wide array of emergency and housing services to homeless youth and Community Research Partners (CRP), a Columbus-based organization that designs and conducts program evaluation and applied research to address local, state, and national programs and issues. The research component of the project will include data collection and analysis that will (1) add to the field of knowledge regarding best practices for providing services to runaway, troubled, and homeless youth aged 10 to 21, and; (2) to inform policy development and recommendations at local, state and, hopefully, national levels. The program evaluation component of the project will provide findings and recommendations to Daybreak for the purpose of program improvement, as well as to assess the efficiency, efficacy and impact of the program.

The result of a partnership between Daybreak & Community Research Partners:


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