New Spending, Planning Approved to Address Affordable Housing Crisis in Columbus

Columbus approved an emergency allotment of capital improvement bond funding for housing, and the launch of an affordable housing strategy process.
April 18, 2019, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and the City of Columbus are seeking proposals for a regional housing strategy as part of an overall plan to address the region's affordable housing shortage," reports Mike Foley.

The study will include "a housing strategy for the region that includes investment and policy recommendations for communities to support mixed income neighborhoods and regional growth," adds Foley.

An article by Katie Pyzyk provides additional information on the request for proposals and the housing market of the Columbus city and region.

"The city estimates that it is short 54,000 units of affordable housing to meet current needs, and that last year more than 40,000 people moved to Columbus."

On the same day as the release of the RFP, the Columbus City Council also "unanimously approved an ordinance to spend up to $5.6 million in Capital Improvement Budget bond money on grants to increase the housing supply."

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Published on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in WCBE
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