Ohio housing officials eye ways to fix woes

Officials from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency will be in Toledo next week to meet with city officials and other parties about what can be done in regards to vacant tax credit properties blighting several city neighborhoods.  A recent Blade investigation found more than a sixth of about 800 houses built in Toledo in the last 15 years for low-income residents now are vacant. Of those, more than 100 are boarded up, stripped of plumbing and wiring, or otherwise gutted.  On Monday, officials from the Department of Neighborhoods will meet with the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, as well as representatives from the National Equity Fund, Ohio Capital Corp. for Housing, and Toledo Lucas County Land Bank. The state housing finance agency maintains, however, that the lack of inspections in Toledo were isolated; it said in a random review it found only six active projects outside of Toledo that were overdue for inspection.

Toledo Blade

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