Ohio Housing Finance Agency provides additional $5 million for
Emergency Homelessness Services
In a special meeting on April 23, 2020, the OHFA Board approved
an additional $4.75 million to support the increased housing
needs of Ohio's homeless and those at risk of homelessness due
to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board also approved $5
million in emergency funding in March.
The monies will go to Ohio’s nine Continua of Care and
the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio. In
addition, an additional fund will provide financial help to
nonprofit organizations with properties previously funded by
OHFA that operate senior housing, permanent supportive housing
and affordable assisted living properties.
The Board approved the following:
$2.5 million in Emergency Housing Assistance Funds to the
A $750,000 grant to COHHIO for its Pandemic Emergency Fund;
A $1.25 million no-interest loan to COHHIO for TANF Advance
A $250,000 COVID-19 emergency fund.
“As the coronavirus has continued to spread, the housing and
safety needs of those who serve the homeless and persons at-risk
of homelessness have also continued to grow,” said OHFA
Executive Director Sean Thomas. “We are grateful to our
Board’s leadership and are proud to offer our support to the
number of organizations in the state serving these vulnerable
OHFA’s contribution to COHHIO’s Pandemic Emergency Fund enables
the organization to continue helping homeless shelters
throughout Ohio contain the spread of COVID-19 among residents,
staff, and the broader community.
“We’ve received hundreds of donations, but the needs are
enormous, and we nearly exhausted the Emergency Fund. OHFA’s
generous contribution enables us to continue supporting
shelters, and it will certainly save lives by keeping vulnerable
Ohioans – seniors, people with health conditions, and families
with young children – out of harm’s way,” said Bill Faith,
COHHIO’s Executive Director.
The loan will support COHHIO’s efforts as they await Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families dollars that Governor Mike DeWine
approved for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing
efforts. The organization will disburse the $1.25 million and
repay OHFA through a TANF reimbursement.
OHFA will disburse Emergency Assistance Funds based on a formula
corresponding to the number of extremely low-income and very
low-income residents in CoC service areas. Details about the
second round of Emergency Housing Assistance will be posted on OHFA’s
website on Monday, April 27; funds will be disbursed
by May 31. Information about the grant program will be