Advisory Board Instrumental in Preserving Affordable Housing in Franklin County

March 9, 2016

With so much economic and demographic growth occurring in the region, we shouldn’t forget the important work of maintaining affordable rental housing for residents.

MORPC supports the development of housing policies that support lifelong communities, as well as incentives and policies that encourage redevelopment in Central Ohio’s neighborhoods.

Since 1994, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners has issued tax-exempt or taxable, multi-family revenue bonds for privately owned rental developments.

The Joint Columbus and Franklin County Housing Advisory Board (HAB) reviews all requests for inducements or issuance of housing bonds. HAB then provides the commissioners, who issue the bonds, its recommendations. MORPC administers the board on behalf of the commissioners.

This board is comprised of 15 members -- five appointed by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and ten by the mayor of Columbus (upon approval of city council). Catherine Cawthon, from Fifth Third Community Development, and Steven Gladman, with Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County, serve as Board President and Vice President, respectively. MORPC Energy and Air Quality Director Christina O’Keeffe is the secretary.

“The board’s housing experts are tapped by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners to focus on an important service in making recommendations,” O’Keeffe said. “We look at how effectively projects can expand and preserve the supply of affordable rental housing throughout Franklin County.”

HAB was established in 1993 and meets on the second Tuesday of every other month at MORPC, depending on business need.

For more information, please visit our Housing Advisory Board page.