Despite our efforts to remove an affordable housing tax increase in the state budget, it appears the Senate will keep this amendment in the revised bill being released this afternoon. About 250 businesses and organizations have already joined a sign-on letter opposing this proposal, but we need more groups to help keep pressure on members of House leadership and budget conference committee members to remove this provision in the weeks to come.

Please add your organization now to this joint letter using this quick sign-on form: https://forms.gle/YYLudJ5VYjY4QTfL7

The deadline to sign is ASAP. We will keep this sign on letter open to encourage more businesses and others organizations to join this effort, even if it means calling on the Governor to veto this provision.

See the list below to see if your organization is already listed on the letter. If you are unable to access Google Forms, email Marcus Roth to add your organization to the letter. Please note: the letter is for organizations and companies – not individuals. You must be authorized to sign.

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Senate leaders  slipped an amendment into the state budget that would have a devastating impact on Ohio’s affordable housing stock.

In the midst of Ohio’s growing affordable housing shortage, this legislation would significantly increase the costs of operating many tax credit and subsidized housing properties by taxing them the same as conventional market-rate housing without regard for federal rent restrictions that ensure low-income people can afford to live there.

This proposal first appeared two years ago as Senate Bill 36, but after housing advocates organized sign-on letters, Senate leaders asked interested parties to work out an alternative. A working group including affordable housing providers and local government officials were getting close to a consensus solution before this amendment suddenly appeared in the state budget without any discussion or debate.

This amendment puts existing affordable housing at risk AND makes it harder to develop new affordable housing, which makes our efforts to end homelessness even more difficult. Please stand with us in solidarity to protect affordable housing in the Buckeye State.

In addition to signing this letter, please take a few minutes to call your State Senator’s office and express your opposition to this amendment. Don’t know who your State Senator is? Click here and enter in your address to find out.

List of organizations and companies opposing this amendment (as of June 15):

  1. Ohio Housing Council
  2. Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio
  3. Advocates for Ohio’s Future
  4. Catholic Conference of Ohio
  5. Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio
  6. City of Cincinnati
  7. City of Columbus
  8. Enterprise Community Partners
  9. Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
  10. Finance Fund
  11. Greater Ohio Policy Center
  12. Habitat for Humanity of Ohio
  13. Huntington National Bank
  14. KeyBank
  15. Leading Age Ohio
  16. League of Women Voters of Ohio
  17. Mount Carmel Health System
  18. NAMI Ohio
  19. Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  20. NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio
  21. Ohio Apartment Association
  22. Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (o4a)
  23. Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
  24. Ohio Association of Foodbanks
  25. Ohio Bankers League
  26. Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
  27. Ohio Capital Finance Corporation
  28. Ohio Conference of Community Development
  29. Ohio Council of Churches
  30. Ohio CDC Association
  31. Ohio Domestic Violence Network
  32. Ohio Housing Authorities Conference
  33. Ohio Mayors Alliance
  34. Ohio Municipal League
  35. Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy
  36. Ohio Poverty Law Center
  37. Ohio Real Estate Investors Association
  38. Ohio REALTORS
  39. Ohio Recovery Housing
  40. Ohio Women’s Affordable Housing Network
  41. PNC Bank
  42. Policy Matters Ohio
  43. The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers
  44. UHCAN Ohio
  45. U.S. Bank
  46. A.M. Rodriguez Associates, Inc., Akron
  47. Access Center for Independent Living, Dayton
  48. ACCESS, Inc., Akron
  49. ACEnet, Athens
  50. Affordable Housing Advisors, LLC, Westerville
  51. Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, Columbus
  52. Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County
  53. AJM First Capital, LLC, Kirtland
  54. Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS
  55. Akron Leadership Foundation
  56. Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Akron
  57. Alliance for Children & Families, Inc., Alliance
  58. Alpha Phi Alpha Homes, Inc., Akron
  59. American Community Developers, Inc., Detroit
  60. ARCS of Warren County, Lebanon
  61. At Home by High, Columbus
  62. Athens-Hocking-Vinton ADAMH Board
  63. Avondale Development Corporation, Cincinnati
  64. Barbara Poppe and Associates, Columbus
  65. Beacon 360 Management Inc. , Columbus
  66. Bellwether Enterprise, Cleveland
  67. Brave Technologies, Inc., Columbus
  68. R.E.A.D., Columbus
  69. Broken Connections, Inc., East Cleveland
  70. Brown & Bills Architects, Inc., Englewood
  71. Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, Columbus
  72. Building Industry Association of Central Ohio
  73. Butler Metro Housing Authority, Hamilton
  74. C.L.E.A.N., Canton
  75. Caracole, Cincinnati
  76. Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo
  77. Catholic Charities Regional Agency, Youngstown
  78. CHN Housing Partners, Cleveland
  79. Cincinnati Development Fund
  80. Cincinnati Works
  81. City of Springfield
  82. City of South Euclid
  83. City of Whitehall
  84. CityWide Development Corporation, Dayton
  85. Clark Schaefer Hackett, Columbus
  86. Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
  87. Clevelanders for Public Transit
  88. Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, Columbus
  89. Columbus Coalition for the Homeless
  90. Columbus Early Learning Centers
  91. Columbus Empowerment Corp.
  92. Columbus Neighbors United
  93. Columbus Works, Inc.
  94. Communities In Schools of Ohio, Columbus
  95. Community Action Commission of Fayette County, Inc.
  96. Community Building Partnership of Stark County, Canton
  97. Community Development for All People, Columbus
  98. Community Housing Network, Columbus
  99. Community Housing Solutions, Cleveland
  100. Community Shelter Board, Columbus
  101. COMPASS at Broad Street, Columbus
  102. Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development, Athens
  103. Corporation for Supportive Housing, Columbus
  104. County Corp, Dayton
  105. Dayspring Christian Community Development Corporation, Columbus
  106. Downing Community Advisors, Beavercreek
  107. Dp Design, Cincinnati
  108. Dublin Capital Group
  109. East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation
  110. EDEN Inc., Cleveland
  111. Episcopal Retirement Services, Cincinnati
  112. Equitas Health, Columbus
  113. Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority, Sandusky
  114. Esther’s House of Healing, Columbus
  115. Fair Housing Center for Rights & Research, Cleveland
  116. Fair Housing Contact Service, Akron
  117. Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc., Painesville
  118. Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation, Cleveland
  119. Fairfield Homes, Inc., Lancaster
  120. Famicos Foundation, Cleveland
  121. Family Promise of Butler County
  122. Family Promise of Delaware County
  123. Family Resource Center, Oxford
  124. Findlay Hope House for the Homeless
  125. First English Lutheran Church, Columbus
  126. Forbes House, Painesville
  127. Franklin County Auditor’s Office
  128. Franklin County Recorder’s Office
  129. Franklin Foundation, Columbus
  130. Franklinton Cycleworks, Columbus
  131. Franklinton Development Association, Columbus
  132. Franklinton Farms, Columbus
  133. Freshwater Future, Petoskey
  134. Frontier Community Services, Chillicothe
  135. F. Bailey, LLC, Dayton
  136. Genacross Lutheran Services, Toledo
  137. Gladden Community House, Columbus
  138. Graceworks Lutheran Services, Dayton
  139. Graphic Village, Cincinnati
  140. Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, Fremont
  141. Greater Collinwood Development Corp., Cleveland
  142. Green National Development, Skaneateles
  143. Grovedale Consulting, Cincinnati
  144. Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio, Columbus
  145. Habitat for Humanity of the Tri-State, Huntington
  146. Haven of Portage County, Ravenna
  147. Healthy Homes at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  148. Heart of Ohio Homeless Shelter, Marion
  149. HFLA of Northeast Ohio, Beachwood
  150. Highland County Homeless Shelter, Hillsboro
  151. Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action, Glouster
  152. Home Builders Association of Dayton
  153. Home is the Foundation, Eaton
  154. Homefull, Dayton
  155. Homeless Families Foundation, Columbus
  156. Homeless Hookup, Cleveland
  157. Homeport, Columbus
  158. Hooker DeJong, Inc., Muskegon
  159. Housing Solutions of Greene County, Xenia
  160. Huckleberry House, Inc., Columbus
  161. Human Services Chamber of Franklin County
  162. Human Trafficking & Social Justice Institute at the University of Toledo
  163. Humility of Mary Housing, Cuyahoga Falls
  164. IMPACT Community Action, Columbus
  165. Inclusive Housing Resources, Sharonville
  166. Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati
  167. Interfaith Hospitality Network of Springfield
  168. Jarret Consulting Services, Toledo
  169. JEM Designs, Beavercreek
  170. Jennings Center for Older Adults
  171. Joseph’s Home, Cleveland
  172. JRAB, Cincinnati
  173. KAGC, Liberty Twp.
  174. Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Columbus
  175. Kennedy Heights Development Corp., Cincinnati
  176. Kindway, Westerville
  177. Kings Local Food Pantry, South Lebanon
  178. Kittle Property Group, Inc., Indianapolis
  179. Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission, Coshocton
  180. LakewoodAlive, Lakewood
  181. Lasting Legacy Real Estate, New Albany
  182. LEADS Community Action, Newark
  183. Legacy III, Akron
  184. Licking County Coalition for the Homeless, Newark
  185. Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Greater Cincinnati
  186. Lowenstein Development, LLC, Columbus
  187. Lucas County Land Bank
  188. Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition
  189. Lument, Columbus
  190. Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Cleveland
  191. Luken Solutions, Columbus
  192. Lumbertown, Zanesville
  193. Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, Worthington
  194. Mahoning County Land Bank, Youngstown
  195. Make A Day Foundation, Columbus
  196. Manning & Associates CPAs, LLC, Dayton
  197. Marble Cliff Capital, Marble Cliff
  198. Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity
  199. Maximizing Outcomes, Columbus
  200. Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio, Cleveland
  201. Merchants Capital Corp., Carmel
  202. Mental Health & Recovery Board of Union County, Marysville
  203. Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati
  204. Miami County Community Action Agency, Troy
  205. Miami Valley Community Action Partnership, Dayton
  206. Millennia Housing Development, Cleveland
  207. MiraCit Development Corporation, Inc., Columbus
  208. Mission Kick Content & Consulting, Massillon
  209. Montu Agency LLC, Cleveland
  210. Mota Design Group, Inc., Cuyahoga Falls
  211. Muslim Family Services of Ohio, Columbus
  212. MVAH Partners, West Chester
  213. My Sister’s Place, Athens
  214. National Affordable Housing Trust, Columbus
  215. National Church Residences, Columbus
  216. National Equity Fund, Columbus
  217. National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, Columbus
  218. Nazareth Housing Dev. Corp., Akron
  219. Neighborhood Development Services, Inc., Ravenna
  220. Neighborhood Family Practice, Cleveland
  221. Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield
  222. Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, Inc.
  223. Neighborhood Properties, Inc., Toledo
  224. NeighborWorks Toledo Region
  225. Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Cleveland
  226. Northern Ohio Apartment Association, Cleveland
  227. Northwest Ohio Realtors, Maumee
  228. Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission, Inc., Defiance
  229. Oberer Companies, Miamisburg
  230. Ohio Animal Advocates, Columbus
  231. Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice, Columbus
  232. OneEighty, Inc., Wooster
  233. Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, Cincinnati
  234. Parsons Avenue Redevelopment Corporation, Columbus
  235. Pathway Clubhouse, Groveport
  236. Pedcor Companies, Carmel
  237. PIRHL, Cleveland
  238. Preservation of Affordable Housing, Boston
  239. Price Hill Will, Cincinnati
  240. PrimaryOne Health, Columbus
  241. Project HOPE, Inc., Celina
  242. Randall B. Shorr, Attorney at Law, Cleveland
  243. Ravenwood Health, Chardon
  244. Regionomics, Lockbourne
  245. Residential Administrators, West Liberty
  246. Resident Resources Network, Inc., New Albany
  247. RESULTS Columbus
  248. Right Path Financial Coaching
  249. Riverside Bank of Dublin, Dublin
  250. RLJ Management Co., Inc., Columbus
  251. Ruscilli Construction Co. Inc., Dublin
  252. Saad & Saad, LLP, Columbus
  253. Salus Development LLC, Cleveland
  254. Sandusky County Habitat for Humanity, Fremont
  255. Seeds of Caring, Columbus
  256. Seneca Habitat for Humanity, Tiffin
  257. Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, Cincinnati
  258. Siemer Institute, Columbus
  259. Silverheels Property Management, LLC, Belpre
  260. Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
  261. Sisters of the Humility of Mary, Westlake
  262. Slavic Village Development, Cleveland
  263. SMS CPAs & Associates, Columbus
  264. Soteria of TCN, Bellefontaine
  265. Southern Perry Incubation Center for Entrepreneurs, New Straitsville
  266. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Fairborn
  267. Mary Development Corp., Dayton
  268. Paul’s Community Center, Toledo
  269. Stark Indivisible, North Canton
  270. Steubenville Elderly, LP, Steubenville
  271. Strategic Opportunities, Bexley
  272. Strategies to End Homelessness, Cincinnati
  273. Summit Community Development Corp., Inc., Shaker Heights
  274. Sunset Development, Columbus
  275. Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families, Hamilton
  276. Talbert House, Cincinnati
  277. Tangram Flex, Inc., Dayton
  278. Tanoury Law Office, Columbus
  279. Tatums Renovation & Design, LLC
  280. Testa Companies, Cuyahoga Falls
  281. The Ability Center of Greater Toledo
  282. The Center for Disability Empowerment, Columbus
  283. The Center for Healthy Families, Columbus
  284. The Community Builders, Columbus
  285. The Fair Housing Center, Toledo
  286. The Law Office of Rachel K. Robinson, LLC, Columbus
  287. The Main Place, Inc., Newark
  288. The Model Group, Cincinnati
  289. The NRP Group LLC, Cleveland
  290. The Partnership Center, Cincinnati
  291. The P.E.E.R. Center, Columbus
  292. The Provident Companies, Mansfield
  293. The Summit Group
  294. Tidwell Group, Columbus
  295. Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board
  296. Toledo Management/Smallridge Development LLC, Toledo
  297. Tom Albanese Consulting, LLC, Columbus
  298. Torrey Hill Apartments, Toledo
  299. Tri-County Independent Living Center, Akron
  300. Trotwood Community Improvement Corporation
  301. Trumbull County Land Reutilization Corporation, Warren
  302. Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio, Columbus
  303. United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  304. United Way of Greater Toledo
  305. University Settlement, Cleveland
  306. Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland
  307. Ursuline Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Toledo
  308. Vacant and Abandoned Property Action Council, Cleveland
  309. Villa Mercede Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation, Cleveland
  310. Vincentian Ohio Action Network, Columbus
  311. Vineyard Columbus Church, Westerville
  312. Vistula Management Co., Toledo
  313. Vogt Strategic Insights, Columbus
  314. Wallick Communities, New Albany
  315. Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, Cincinnati
  316. Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority, Wooster
  317. Western Reserve Independent Living Center, Warren
  318. Wild River Realty, Inc.
  319. Woda Cooper Companies, Inc., Columbus
  320. Yellow Springs Home, Inc.
  321. Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation
  322. YWCA Columbus
  323. YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
  324. YWCA of Greater Cleveland
  325. YWCA Hamilton
  326. YWCA Mahoning Valley
  327. Zanesville Housing Development Corporation
  328. Zepf Center, Toledo