Proposal to Invest ARPA Funds in Affordable Housing

(Updated August 2022)

COHHIO and over 230 companies and organizations are asking Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly to make a significant one-time investment of Ohio’s American Rescue Plan Act funds into affordable housing. The response has been promising, but there is still no commitment. We recently had to make some difficult decisions about how to scale down the original proposal, and now we have to make sure our plan get implementeds. Now is the time for strong advocacy and reinforcement!

Here’s how you can help:

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided the states with $350 billion in flexible Fiscal Recovery Funds. The State of Ohio was allocated $5.68 billion, providing a rare opportunity to make a significant dent in Ohio’s affordable housing problem.

The recent economic upheaval, combined with incomes not keeping pace with rapidly increasing housing costs, have led to nearly 400,000 Ohio households spending over half of their income on rent. In 2019, there were only 185,000 affordable rental units available to the 437,000 extremely low-income households in Ohio. The situation has only gotten worse since the pandemic and last year’s record rent increases averaging 11% in Ohio’s seven largest metropolitan regions.

Our proposal calls for a one-time investment of $308 million in State Fiscal Recovery funds including:

  • Create 1,500 housing units for those who require nearby supportive services ($100 million): These permanent supportive housing (PSH) units would serve chronically homeless individuals with severe behavioral health challenges, homeless youth and survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence through gap financing with Ohio’s housing tax credit programs.
  • Create up to 5,000 affordable rental units by leveraging other federal resources ($150 million): Rehab existing and develop new affordable rental units for low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities by leveraging the 4% housing tax credit and Multifamily Bond programs.
  • Fight infant mortality through investment in safe, welcoming homes ($9 million): Expand the Healthy Beginnings at Home pilot for more families at risk of infant mortality in four additional counties.
  • Rehabilitate existing housing to keep seniors and people with disabilities in their own homes ($39 million over 3 years): Avoid institutional care by rehabilitating homes for low-income homeowners and expand home repair and accessibility modifications for seniors and people with disabilities through the Housing Assistance Grant Program.
  • Homes to help ex-offenders overcome behavioral health issues ($10 million): Expand the Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) initiative in five additional counties to help justice system-involved individuals reenter society and avoid recidivism.

This proposal would increase the supply of affordable homes for our most vulnerable Ohioans, reduce homelessness in our communities, restrain state and local spending on hospitals, courts, schools, jails, homeless shelters, and foster care, create jobs and help stabilize Ohio’s workforce.

Supporters include:

  1. Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO)
  2. Corporation for Supportive Housing
  3. Ohio Chamber of Commerce
  4. Ohio Business Roundtable
  5. Huntington National Bank
  6. Ohio REALTORS
  7. Ohio Bankers League
  8. PNC
  9. Ohio Credit Union League
  10. CareSource
  11. Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  12. Molina Healthcare of Ohio, Inc.
  13. National Church Residences
  14. Ohio Apartment Association
  15. Habitat for Humanity of Ohio
  16. Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
  17. Ohio Housing Council
  18. Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc.
  19. Ohio Housing Authorities Conference
  20. Ohio Domestic Violence Network
  21. Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
  22. Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  23. Philanthropy Ohio
  24. Ohio Poverty Law Center
  25. National Association for Rural Mental Health
  26. Ohio Conference of Community Development, Inc.
  27. Ohio Association of Foodbanks
  28. The Ohio Council of Churches
  29. Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
  30. Model Group
  31. Buckeye Community Hope Foundation
  32. National Affordable Housing Trust
  33. Ohio CDC Association
  34. Ohio Fair Lending Coalition
  35. Finance Fund
  36. The Woda Cooper Companies, Inc.
  37. Wallick Communities
  38. CHN Housing Partners
  39. Enterprise Community Partners
  40. Equitas Health
  41. PrimaryOne Health
  42. Homeport
  43. Millennia Housing Development
  44. NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio
  45. Novogradac & Company LLP
  46. The NRP Group
  47. The Provident Companies
  48. Ohio Grandparent Kinship Coalition
  49. Tidwell Group
  50. Greater Ohio Policy Center
  51. AIDS Healthcare Foundation
  52. Policy Matters Ohio
  53. UHCAN Ohio
  54. Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice
  55. ABC Management
  56. A Guided Home
  57. Abuse & Rape Crisis Shelter of Warren County
  58. ACCESS,Inc.
  59. Adams Brown Community Action Partnership
  60. Adams County Homeless Shelter
  61. Affordable Housing Advisors, LLC
  62. Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio
  63. Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus & Franklin County
  64. Alliance for Children & Families, Inc.
  65. Area Agency on Aging District 5
  66. Area Agency on Aging District 7
  67. Athens-Hocking-Vinton Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board
  68. Aurora Project, Inc
  69. Avondale Development Corporation
  70. Barbara Poppe and Associates
  71. Broken Connections, Inc.
  72. CANAPI
  73. Catholic Charities Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center
  74. Celebrate One
  75. Central Community House
  76. Cincinnati Development Fund
  77. City of Whitehall
  78. Columbiana County Educational Service Center
  79. Columbus Apartment Association
  80. Columbus Chamber of Commerce
  81. Columbus Coalition for the Homeless
  82. Columbus Early Learning Centers
  83. Columbus Empowerment Corp.
  84. Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
  85. Community Action Commission of Fayette County
  86. Community Action Organization of Scioto County
  87. Community Building Partnership
  88. Community Development for All People
  89. Community Housing Network
  90. Community Shelter Board
  91. COMPASS Family & Community Services
  92. Cradle Cincinnati
  93. Creative Housing | Creative Renovations
  94. Crisis Care Line
  95. Dominion Christian Center
  96. Dragonfly Consulting Group
  97. Drake Construction
  98. EDEN Inc.
  99. Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority
  100. Fair Housing Contact Service
  101. Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc.
  102. Famicos Foundation
  103. Family and Community Services, Inc.
  104. Family Promise of Delaware County
  105. Findlay Hope House for the Homeless, Inc.
  106. First English Lutheran Church
  107. Forche Law and Mediation
  108. Franklin County Auditor’s Office
  109. Franklin County Recorder’s Office
  110. Freshwater Future
  111. Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition
  112. Greater Dayton Premier Management
  113. Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone CDC
  114. Green National
  115. GreenLight Fund Cincinnati
  116. Grovedale Consulting
  117. Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio
  118. Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County
  119. Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley
  120. Habitat for Humanity of the Tri-State
  121. Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio
  122. HAPCAP/Southeast Ohio Foodbank
  123. Haven of Portage County
  124. Healthy Beginnings at Home
  125. Heart of Ohio Homeless Shelter – Marion Shelter Program, Inc.
  126. Heart to Heart Family Support Center
  127. Hocking Metropolitan Housing Authority
  128. Home for Families
  129. Home Is The Foundation
  130. Homefull
  131. Hooker DeJong, Inc.
  132. Humility of Mary Housing
  133. Hunger Network in Ohio
  134. IMPACT Community Action
  135. Inclusive Housing Resources
  136. Ironton Lawrence CAO
  137. Jordan Community Resource Center
  138. Joseph’s Home
  139. JOVIS
  140. Kings Local Food Pantry
  141. Knox Metropolitan Housing Authority
  142. Lance Fred Greene Corporation
  143. League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland
  144. Liberty Center of Sandusky County
  145. Licking County Coalition for Housing
  146. Lighthouse Youth & Family Services
  147. LISC Greater Cincinnati
  148. Lorain County Coordinated Entry
  149. Lowenstein Development, LLC
  150. Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition
  151. Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
  152. Luken Solutions
  153. Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
  154. Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
  155. MACHDO
  156. Mahoning County Homeless Continuum of Care
  157. Mary Magdalen House
  158. Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio
  159. Medali Services
  160. Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority
  161. Mercy Manor, Inc.
  162. Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati
  163. MHARS Board Lorain County
  164. Miami Valley Community Action Partnership
  165. Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc.
  166. Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
  167. Modcon Living
  168. Montgomery County Commission
  169. Montgomery County Homeless Solutions Policy Board
  170. Mota Design Group, Inc.
  171. Move to PROSPER
  172. MVAH Partners
  173. My Sister’s Place
  174. Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield
  175. Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, Inc.
  176. Neighborhood Properties, Inc.
  177. NEO Black Health Coalition
  178. New Era Benefits Consulting, Ltd.
  179. New Sunrise Properties
  180. Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission
  181. Oberer Companies
  182. Ohio Animal Advocates
  183. OneEighty, Inc.
  184. Over-the-Rhine Community Housing
  185. Parsons Avenue Redevelopment Corporation
  186. PIRHL
  187. Price Hill Will
  188. Public Health -Dayton & Montgomery County
  189. Randall B. Shorr, Attorney at Law
  190. Reeb Avenue Center
  191. Regionomics
  192. Renewal Housing Associates LLC
  193. Renter Mentor
  194. RESULTS Columbus
  195. Right Path Financial Coaching
  196. Saad & Saad LLP
  197. Saint Vincent de Paul, Dayton
  198. Saint Vincent de Paul Society, St. Teresa of Calcutta conference
  199. Sarah’s Friends, Inc.
  200. Sawmill Road Management Company
  201. Siemer Institute
  202. Slavic Village Development
  203. St Matthew Episcopal Church
  204. Paul’s Community Center
  205. Star Title Agency LLC
  206. Strategic Opportunities LLC
  207. Strategies to End Homelessness
  208. Summit Community Development Corp., Inc.
  209. Sunset Development
  210. Tender Mercies, Inc.
  211. The Ability Center of Greater Toledo
  212. The Akron Leadership Foundation
  213. The Community Builders
  214. The Orlean Company
  215. Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board
  216. Tom Albanese Consulting, LLC
  217. Torrey Hill Apartments
  218. TouchPointe Marriage and Family Resources
  219. Tri-County LLC
  220. TUSCARAWAS METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHORITY
  221. United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland
  222. United Methodist Church for All People
  223. Urban Mission Ministries
  224. Urban Strategies Inc.
  225. Vacant and Abandoned Property Action Council
  226. Vincentian Ohio Action Network
  227. Vogt Strategic Insights
  228. Wooster Homelessness Task Force
  229. Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation
  230. YMCA of Central Ohio
  231. YWCA Dayton
  232. YWCA Greater Cincinnati
  233. YWCA Hamilton
  234. YWCA Mahoning Valley
  235. Zanesville Housing Development Corporation