Ohio legislature mulls bill to fight affordable housing shortage

State Representative Gail Pavliga mingles with guests before the Portage Development Board’s “Locate. Stay. Grow.” Awards event at NEOMED’s The NEW Center in Rootstown Thursday, May 19.

Ohio is experiencing an reasonably priced housing crisis, but could before long see some legislative relief.

State Rep. Gail Pavliga, of Suffield, and point out Rep. Jim Hoops have co-sponsored a monthly bill, HB560, with the intention of combating the insufficient supply of fairly priced rental housing. 

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According to a 2020 report titled The Hole: A Shortage of Cost-effective Rental Residences, released by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, and the Countrywide Low Money Housing Coalition, more than 400,000 homes in Ohio are paying out a lot more than 50 percent of their money on rent. 

In Portage County alone, thousands of individuals face the dire fact of getting not able to find the money for a position to reside.