Ohio Housing Inspections

Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Housing Finance Agency

This HIA will inform decisions on a proposal to improve interagency coordination and streamline the current system for housing inspections on affordable housing units. At present, different inspections are conducted or required by local housing authorities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Housing inspections help identify and remedy substandard physical conditions, like water leaks and mold, pests, peeling paint, and structural hazards which can contribute to a wide range of health problems including asthma, injury and burns, and mental illness. The proposed policy would indirectly impact nearly 35,000 units and directly impact 5,000 units of affordable multi-family housing in Ohio.

The HIA will inform the revision of compliance rules and policies for housing inspections, both within OHFA’s state-level compliance standards (which are updated annually), and at the federal level. The decision makers include OHFA, the White House Domestic Policy Council, and the Rental Policy Working Group, which is comprised of OHFA, HUD, and USDA Rural Development offices.

OHFA will also collaborate with The Ohio State University, College of Public Health and public stakeholdersthat work with affordable multi-family housing. Based on the results of the HIA, OHFA will offer recommendations to maintain or strengthen the aspects of the current inspection regimen that are most important to health within whatever final plan is adopted. The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing, Ohio State University, College of Public Health, USDA Rural Development office, and HUD have all expressed support for this project.

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