History & Tourism

Housing Shortage Compels Creative Solution: Quonset House, Anyone?

28 Dec , 2019  

The Mansfield News Journal recently ran an interesting article about lack of mid-tier housing in Mansfield (that story can be read here).  Hopefully this means that our local economy is on the upswing, as the article asserts that the housing shortage is caused by low jobless rate and low interest rates. But it also got us thinking about a time in Mansfield’s past, or – more correctly – the country’s past, when there was not enough housing for everyone. Read More

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Local Agency Receives Housing Funding

10 Dec , 2019  

When the US Department of Housing and Urban Development recently made funding available for local efforts to combat homelessness for a segment of society in need, a local agency was included. HUD has awarded $131.3 million to 325 local public housing authorities across the country to provide affordable housing to approximately 15,363 additional non-elderly persons with disabilities. Secretary Ben Carson made the national announcement during a recent visit to Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Housing Commission received $597,629 to serve the residents in their community living with disabilities. In Ohio, the voucher awards included one to the Mansfield Metropolitan Housing Authority (MHA), which received an award of $73,464 for 25 vouchers. Read More

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Two Proposed Mansfield Developments Miss Out On Housing Credits

25 May , 2019  

Many cities across the state were celebrating recently when the Ohio Housing Finance Agency announced the award of housing credits.

Two local projects, however, were not included in that number.

The Housing Tax Credit (HTC) program provides credits which are used to fund the construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable housing communities throughout Ohio. Over $28 million in 10-year federal housing tax credits were awarded to 34 developments this year to create 2,198 apartments serving families, seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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Two Potential Mansfield Developments Seek Ohio Housing Tax Credits

7 Mar , 2019  

If constructed as hoped, a total of 171 new affordable senior living units and over $28 million in investment would be coming to Mansfield.

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency has released information about 2019 applicants for the 9% Housing Tax Credit, and two potential local developments are included. One would occupy a very familiar spot for Mansfielders. Read More

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Mansfield Mentioned In CNBC Piece On Moving Millennials

24 Sep , 2018  

Are any former Buckeye millennials in your family made their way back to their home state?

If so, you certainly are not alone according to an article published this past weekend on CNBC. Read More

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Report Finds Ohioans Spend Over Half Of Income On Transportation And Housing

28 Jun , 2018  

On Tuesday, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) released its annual Housing Needs Assessment, which serves as a statewide resource on housing and related topics in Ohio.

This report, compiled by OHFA's Office of Housing Policy, examined various topics from the quality of Ohio's housing to issues affecting children, veterans and more, and is updated every year to provide the most accurate data on housing in Ohio. Read More

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We’re In The Nation’s Fifth Most Affordable Smaller Housing Market

10 Nov , 2017  

When it comes to finding a house to purchase, Mansfield is among those cities where it is possible to get a great deal of “bang for the buck.”

Such was the finding of the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index for the third quarter of 2017 released on Thursday.

In all, 58.3% of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $68,000. Read More

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CHIP Loans Available

3 Mar , 2017  

The City of Mansfield’s Office of Community Development seeks eligible homeowners within the City of Mansfield for participation in the Community Development Block Grant Program. This program offers interest free rehabilitation loans to eligible homeowners within the City. In order to qualify you must meet the income guidelines based on household size. These limits are outlined below. Read More

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Bridge Loan Received For McPherson Woods Refinance

29 Sep , 2016  

Mercy Loan Fund (MLF), a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) today announced that it has provided a bridge loan to National Church Residences (NCR) for the refinance of McPherson Woods, an affordable, 50-home community for families in Mansfield, Ohio, a small town of approximately 45,000 people. The building, developed with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), has surpassed its 15-year initial compliance period.

The $1.2 million loan will help NCR refinance the property and make minor capital improvements to the property. The community provides two- and three-bedroom homes, a rarity in affordable housing. Read More