Decent, affordable, and accessible housing is the foundation for self-sufficiency, improved health outcomes, vitality in distressed communities, and economic growth;
Housing is by far the most expensive item in the family budget and is out of reach for hundreds of thousands of Ohio families, including more than 400,000 households who spend over half their income on rent;
There is a pressing need for housing assistance, with an estimated 65,000 Ohioans accessing homeless assistance services in 2014, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing;
Federal housing assistance has decreased to the point where only one in four eligible households actually receive it; and
The Ohio Housing Trust Fund not only provides funding to help address these urgent public policy issues, but leverages private and federal funds and stimulates economic activity.