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Eastern Kentuckians wrangle with cold and flood aftermath as winter sets in
LITT CARR, Ky. (OVR) — On the outside, it looked like an ordinary shed. But inside, the building bustled. Moving between two long tables, neighbors caught up while they looked through… Read More
Precarious rental agreements pop up where no one is looking in rural Athens County
AMESVILLE, Ohio (WOUB/Report for America) — Manda Gould and Shane Oswalt lived in a rental trailer on Mush Run Road for almost two decades. The only photos they have of… Read More
Ohio’s Intel project triggers housing fears in a tight market
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Intel’s announcement earlier this year of a $20 billion manufacturing operation bringing thousands of jobs to rural Ohio was greeted as an economic boon. But behind… Read More
Home prices see biggest drop in 9 years, thanks to higher mortgage rates
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Higher mortgage rates are throwing a bucket of ice-water on the super-heated housing market. Home prices in August were down about 6% from their peak in… Read More
Advocates call on Ohio leaders to put $308M of federal relief funds into affordable housing
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A coalition of homelessness and housing advocates are calling on state leaders to put $308 million — from federal COVID-19 relief funds — into… Read More
Ohio housing market begins to ‘plateau’ but demand puts pressure on limited apartment rentals
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The demand for houses in Ohio is starting to level off, with a dip in sales and a smaller increase in the average price,… Read More
Ohio University is preparing to house and feed a huge influx of freshmen this fall
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University may see a record number of incoming freshmen this fall and administrators have spent the past couple of months figuring out how to house… Read More
First-time homebuyers are getting squeezed out by investors
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Record high home prices and low inventory were already making things hard for first-time homebuyers. But new numbers show that investors are driving even more people… Read More
Displaced Kentuckians are still searching for housing after tornadoes
MAYFIELD, Ky. (OVR) — Jimmy Galbreath works hard. The scrap dealer and father of nine from Mayfield, Ky. started working when he was 12 years old. He grew up in… Read More
Eviction protections are the latest safety net to erode as COVID-19 rages on
Ohio Valley ReSource · No Shelter: Eviction Protections are Latest Safety Net to Erode, as COVID-19 Rages On RICHMOND, Ky. (OVR) — In room 226 of the Relax Inn in… Read More
Agency Offers Assistance As Federal Eviction Moratorium Ends
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The federal eviction moratorium has ended in some places across southeastern Ohio, but resources are available for those facing the possibility of houselessness. It was extended… Read More
CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium Through July
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the pandemic presented a historic threat.
Sen. Brown Presses Landlord Over Report It Evicts Black Renters At Higher Rates
A senator is asking why a corporate landlord has filed to evict renters in predominantly Black counties at four times the rate as renters in predominantly white counties.
Evictions At A Kentucky Trailer Park Highlight Ohio Valley’s Lack Of Affordable Housing
MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — Jimmy McRoberts knew the North Fork Mobile Home Park was teeming with animals. Some residents, like local grandmother Penny Gozzard, had two or three beloved cats… Read More
Gov. DeWine Signs Bill To Provide Housing Assistance To Low-Income Ohioans Hurt By Pandemic
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Governor Mike DeWine has signed into law a $465 million bill meant to help lower-income Ohioans pay for rent and mortgages. The new law (HB 167)… Read More
Judge Strikes Down Federal Eviction Moratorium, Setting Up High-Stakes Appeal
A federal judge has ruled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its authority by issuing a nationwide moratorium on evictions. The fate of millions of renters rests on appeal.
Federal Eviction Moratorium Extended Just 2 Days Before Expiration
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending an order preventing evictions. It was set to expire this week, which could have displaced staggering numbers of people from their homes.
HUD: Growth Of Homelessness During 2020 Was ‘Devastating,’ Even Before The Pandemic
The annual homeless count by the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows an increase in people living outside. The 2020 numbers in the report do not reflect the impact of the pandemic.
Renters Are Getting Evicted Despite CDC Order
Some landlords are evicting tenants despite an order from the CDC aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 by preventing evictions. That has led to calls to strengthen protections.
Biden To Extend Order Limiting Pandemic Evictions
On his first day in office, the president plans to sign an executive order extending the CDC’s moratorium on evictions. Housing advocates say the CDC rule needs to be strengthened.
CDC Issues Sweeping Temporary Halt On Evictions Nationwide Amid Pandemic
The move could prevent millions of evictions that housing advocates warn are looming as people who have lost work run out of money. Landlord groups want to know who will pay for the lost rent.
Beshear Creates Fund To Protect Kentuckians From Eviction
FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Kentucky’s governor has announced the creation of an eviction relief fund. Gov. Andy Beshear says it’s aimed at keeping people in their homes by reimbursing landlords… Read More
Ohio Bill Aims To Help Ohioans Being Evicted Due To COVID19 Income Losses
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As COVID-19 related job losses continue to affect thousands of Ohioans, many are in danger of losing their homes. A bill that’s been introduced by a… Read More
Millions Of Americans Skip Payments As Tidal Wave Of Defaults And Evictions Looms
Hardship programs appear to be helping many people pause payments and survive the economic shutdown so far. But not everybody is getting the help, and advocates see big potential trouble ahead.
WATCH: How Missed Rent Payments Spark a ‘Cascade’ of Financial Hardship
Many Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to pay their rent when they have lost income and haven’t yet been able to secure unemployment money. Missed rent, in… Read More