Stories of Home

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency is proud to present Stories of Home – a blog that features current happenings in the housing industry and also highlights those that have been positively impacted by our Agency's work.


  • Spring Cleaning

    Prepping Your Home for Spring

    The arrival of flowers, awakening of trees, and warmer temperatures mean spring is here! Spring is a great time to clean your home from top to bottom inside and outside. When creating your to-do list for this annual ritual, here are some things to consider.

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  • Hispanic Housing Insecurity

    DataByte: Housing Insecurity Among Hispanic Ohioans Varies by Region of Origin

    National origin is one of the protected characteristics under Title VIII of the Fair Housing Act and includes people of Hispanic or Latinx ethnicity. According to the 2022 American Community Survey, over 500,000 Ohioans identify as Hispanic.

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  • Building Credit Scores

    Building Your Credit Score

    A strong credit score is important when securing a mortgage loan, so we recently asked Ohio's housing counseling agencies for their top suggestions for individuals wanting to build or improve their credit or FICO® scores.

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  • Women and Homeownership

    Women and Homeownership

    Single women continue to dominate homeownership nationally despite the financial and societal obstacles that most of them face. As of January 2024, single women own approximately 2.71 million more homes than single men across all 50 states.

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  • CONVERGENCE Columbus

    OHFA Partners with CONVERGENCE Columbus

    During Black History Month, OHFA celebrates its partnership with CONVERGENCE Columbus, a cross-sector collective of community leaders, industry professionals, and practitioners solving challenges to Black and minority homeownership.

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  • Financial Wellbeing

    Improving Your Financial Wellness

    January is Financial Wellness Month and a great time to set yourself up for financial success in 2024. Regardless of the economic environment, The Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary suggests you can improve your finances by implementing the following tips.

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  • Infant Mortality

    Infant Mortality and Why It Matters

    The infant mortality rate in a state or local community reflects the social, economic, and environmental conditions in which children and families live. The recent spike in Ohio's infant mortality rate suggests that the conditions in which Ohioans live could be declining, which may include the lack of affordable stable housing.

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  • New Builds in Ohio

    New Builds in Ohio: A Changing & Challenging Housing Landscape

    Reports of the housing shortage have been dominant in the public consciousness for the past several years. At OHFA, we are identifying the various causes of this shortage and implementing programs to address it.

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  • Mortgage Loan Denial Rate

    DATABYTE: Mortgage Loan Denial Rate in Ohio Varies by Loan Purpose and Race

    For Ohioans applying for a mortgage loan, we found that the likelihood of being denied by a lender can vary considerably depending on factors such as the purpose of the loan or the race of the applicant.

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  • Ohio Heroes Program

    Helping Ohio's Heroes Purchase a Home

    One of our goals at OHFA is to help Ohioans achieve their dream of homeownership. For Ohio's first responders, teachers, and active and retired military, OHFA offers a discounted mortgage rate through the Ohio Heroes program.

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The views and opinions portrayed in Stories of Home do not necessarily reflect the policies or position of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.