Next Dialogue to Cover Homelessness Among Mothers

The next meeting of the Columbus Housing Dialogue will discuss recent research into homelessness among young mothers. Professor Natasha Slesnick conducts research on intervention development with homeless youth and families. She has consulted with multiple organizations on the best strategies for intervening in youth homelessness. She has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1998 and has written more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and one book. After opening a drop-in center for homeless youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she moved to Columbus, Ohio and opened her second drop-in center.

Title: “Housing young homeless mothers: Some findings”
Presenter: Natasha Sleznick, Professor at The Ohio State University
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29
Time: 8:30am
Location: MORPC, Scioto Conference Room
Address: 111 Liberty Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Areas of Expertise

  • Homeless youth, homeless families, substance using mothers
  • Substance use treatment (family therapy, MET, CRA)
  • Intervention/service development and evaluation (outreach and advocacy)
  • Suicide prevention

What Helps Families Who Are Experiencing Homelessness?

BETHESDA, MD — How do we best help families experiencing homelessness, and how do we keep them from becoming homeless again? Three-year findings from a major study released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Abt Associates show that long-term housing subsidies, particularly housing vouchers, are the best strategy.

Providing priority access to long-term housing subsidies to homeless families helps keep families from becoming homeless again and has a variety of positive benefits – from keeping families out of shelters and off the street, to preventing food insecurity and intimate partner violence and reducing school moves for children in homeless families.

From September 2010 through January 2012, 2,282 families with 5,397 children enrolled in the Family Options Study across 12 communities after spending at least seven days in emergency shelter. Researchers from Abt Associates and Vanderbilt University followed the families for 37 months, gathering evidence about which types of housing and services interventions worked best for homeless families. Participating communities were Alameda County, Calif.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Bridgeport and New Haven , Conn.; Denver; Honolulu; Kansas City, Mo.; Louisville, Ky.; Minneapolis; Phoenix and Salt Lake City.


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Shipping containers as low-income housing?

Check out the Cargominiums coming to Columbus

Columbus Business First, Evan Weese


A nonprofit, faith-based housing developer has a quirky solution for tackling homelessness: Shipping containers.

Nothing Into Something Real Estate Inc. is building a 25-unit housing complex out of recycled steel shipping containers in Columbus, just north of Interstate 670 from the city’s near east side.

Check out the full article here!

2016-2017 Housing Dialogue Schedule

  • September 27
  • October 25 – Youth Homelessness
  • November 29 – Natasha Slesnik, PhD; Professor in Human Ecology (OSU), preliminary research results on the impact of subsidies for women experiencing homelessness.
  • January 24
  • February 28
  • March 28
  • April 25

Topics we are working on for fall are Affordable Housing Issues in the Suburbs and Housing Young Homeless Mothers: Some Findings.  We will be looking for topics for January through April and will have that discussion at our first meeting in September.

Scioto Conference Room
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
100 W. Liberty Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Free parking in spots marked “M”

Webinar on Financing and Operating Affordable Housing for Extremely Low Income Households

NLIHC will host a webinar for advocates and developers on Monday, August 15 at 12:30 pm ET on options and considerations related to financing and operating affordable housing for extremely low income (ELI) households – those with incomes at or below 30% of the area median income.

Developing rental units affordable to ELI households without relying on vouchers can be very challenging. NLIHC’s national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Developer Advisory Group recently published two briefs on strategies for funding ELI housing and on options and considerations related to using operating assistance and operating assistance reserves for HTF projects to achieve 30-year ELI affordability without depending on vouchers.

NLIHC’s Ed Gramlich and Paul Kealey will provide an overview of the Advisory Group’s papers.  Former Homes for America President and CEO Nancy Rase and Community Frameworks Senior Housing and Community Developer Ginger Segel, both members of the HTF Developer Advisory Group, will be on hand to share reflections and answer questions.

HTF requires that at least 80% of a state’s allocation must be used to produce, rehabilitate, or preserve rental housing, that 100% of a state’s allocation in 2016 must benefit ELI households, and that HTF-assisted units must remain affordable for at least 30 years. Learn how this can be accomplished and what the pitfalls are. 

Register for this webinar at:

For accessibility accommodations, contact James Saucedo at or 202-507-7452.

Ohio Awards Over $31 Million in LIHTCs

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By Christine Serlin

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) has reserved more than $31 million in low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) for the creation of 2,593 units in 41 affordable housing developments.

Columbus, Ohio’s capital city, has four developments that received low-income housing tax credits in the latest funding round, including Poindexter Phase III, the new construction fourth phase of a mixed-income, multigenerational transformation plan that received a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Four additional developments in Franklin County also received reservations.

The LIHTCs will help fund the construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of affordable housing communities that will serve families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities in rural, suburban, and urban areas of the state. Twenty of the state’s counties will be served.

“The housing tax credit program doesn’t only create quality affordable housing for Ohioans. It’s also a valuable resource that leverages private-sector participation, creates jobs, and improves communities,” said Doug Garver, OHFA executive director, in a statement.

To see the full list of the 2016 reservations, visit

A decade after housing peaked: Owners richer, renters hurting


This story has been reposted from The Columbus Dispatch
By Josh Boak
Associated Press  •  Monday June 20, 2016 3:32 PM
MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (AP) — It’s a troublesome story playing out across America in the 10 years since the housing bubble peaked and then burst in a ruinous crash: As real estate has climbed back, homeowners are thriving while renters are struggling.

For many longtime owners, times are good. They’re enjoying the benefits of growing equity and reduced mortgage payments from ultra-low rates.

But for America’s growing class of renters, surging costs, stagnant pay and rising home values have made it next to impossible to save enough to buy.

The possible consequences are bleak for a nation already grappling with economic inequality: Whatever wealth most Americans possess mainly comes from home equity. An enlarged renter class means fewer Americans can build that same wealth and financial security.

Nearly two-thirds of adults still own homes. And some who rent do so by choice. Yet ownership has become a more distant dream for the many Americans who still regard it as a route to prosperity and pride. The problem has become especially severe in areas that offer the best job prospects as well as those that have been battered by foreclosures.

“It doesn’t paint a pretty picture,” said Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow, the online real estate database company. “You’re really blocking out a group of buyers from owning a home. They’re truly living paycheck to paycheck, and that does not put them into a good position to buy.”

Joe Fabie and his wife face just such a bind. They moved to Mount Pleasant, just over the bridge from historic Charleston, South Carolina after law school in Pittsburgh. The suburb’s pastel-hued harbor vistas, tin-roofed houses and Spanish moss-adorned live oaks were enchanting.

But the rising rent on their one-bedroom apartment — more than for their three-bedroom rental in Pittsburgh — made it impossible to save enough to buy a home. With their rent going up again, the couple moved to a cheaper suburb in hopes of repaying their student debt and saving for a starter home.

“The best school district is Mount Pleasant, and we would like to be there,” said Fabie, 27. “But if you’re lucky you can get some beat-up homes for around $300,000.”

An exclusive analysis by The Associated Press of census data covering over 300 communities found that two major forces are driving a wedge between the fortunes of renters and homeowners:

—Historically low mortgage rates have enabled homeowners to refinance and shrink their monthly payments, thereby reducing a major household cost. The median annual mortgage expense for a U.S. homeowner has dropped by $1,492 since 2006.

—A combination of foreclosures and new college graduates crowding into the strongest job markets has raised demand for rentals. Renters accounted for all the 8 million-plus net households the United States added in the past decade. Home ownership has dipped to 63.5 percent, near a 48-year low.

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Can San Francisco Get Mixed-Income Public Housing Redevelopment Right?

The HOPE SF program is aiming to explicitly avoid many of the problems mixed-income public housing redevelopments have faced, to create a truly inclusive process.

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By M. Joseph, N. Latham, R.G. Kleit, and S. LaFrance Posted on May 4, 2016
Hunter’s View, the first development in HOPE SF to have construction and occupancy of mixed-income units. (Courtesy of Mark Joseph.)

As the affordable housing crisis and issues of social and racial inequality once again gain national attention across the United States, the HOPE SF housing redevelopment initiative represents a unique effort to ensure that the poorest residents of San Francisco are not excluded from the benefits of that city’s economic growth and vitality.

In 2007, San Francisco joined Atlanta and Chicago as the third U.S. city to launch a high profile mixed-income transformation of a substantial portion of its public housing stock. The federal government had already begun to promote mixed-income development in the mid-1990s as a means of deconcentrating the poverty that had been segregated into isolated, socially, and physically deteriorating public housing developments. For about a decade and a half, much of this redevelopment was funded through the HOPE VI program, with over $6 billion awarded to over 240 revitalization projects nationwide. Under the Obama administration, HOPE VI has been phased out and replaced with the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI), which adds a broader focus on neighborhood-wide development and a more intensive focus on resident services.

HOPE SF, designed and launched as a locally funded initiative after San Francisco failed to secure HOPE VI funding, tackles individual-level, development-level, and neighborhood-level transformation simultaneously, which subsequently landed the project a $30 million CNI implementation grant and two $300,000 planning grants.

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