After years of fighting off cuts to the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, COHHIO has gone on the offensive as we gear up for next year’s state budget cycle. We have joined forces with several other non-profits to launch Home Matters to Ohio, a campaign to expand the Ohio Housing Trust Fund by at least $15 million a year.
Home Matters to Ohio is a broad-based effort to raise awareness about the importance of affordable housing and to build support for expanding the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. Today we officially launch the campaign during the Ohio Housing Conference in Columbus. If you’re authorized to sign for your organization, please endorse the Home Matters to Ohio campaign now by signing our online Statement of Support or download, fill out and return this print version. Your participation will help to show state leaders how much support there is for expanding the Trust Fund.
State funding for homeless services, home repair and affordable housing development has declined as Trust Fund revenues slumped during the Great Recession and have not yet recovered. Meanwhile, need for these programs has only increased.
As the state’s primary source of funding for homelessness and affordable housing initiatives, we have a great story to tell about the Ohio Housing Trust Fund and how housing is linked to other pressing public policy issues, like education, health care, child welfare and the justice system.