Proposal to Invest ARPA Funds in Affordable Housing

(Updated May 2022)

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