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Housing Policy in support of ordinary people!
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Weekly updates, action alerts, and working groups around a particular issues.

 As RHINO moves into 2018
the Advocacy section of the website will be reorganized to reflect three levels of change.
  • Issues to Act on: rental housing issues that need your attention at the local, state or Federal levels
  • Issues to Watch: rental housing concerns that may become issues within the next year.
  • The Issue environment: the demographic, social and economic changes that are shaping rental housing issues. 
For now, here's some issues RHINO is watching:

Bed Bug News and Best Practices

Federal Tax Reform

HUD multifamily Transformation: How's that working for you HUD?

National Housing Trust Fund. NHTF has funding from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but continued funding, expanded funding and implementation of the program in Ohio continue to be questions.

Poverty Overhaul in Congress

Rent v. Own--People have hard decisions to make

Senior Housing-meeting the demographic challenges
By 2050, the population of individuals aged 65 or older will be more than 88 million, meaning one in every five Americans will be 65 or older. The reality of these statistics has pushed housing organizations, advocates and policymakers alike to ensure that older adults have access to safe, decent and affordable housing in communities across the nation. read more..

Security Deposit Reform

Smoke free multifamily housing

Utility Reselling- Do you pay the landlord instead of the utility company? You may be getting ripped off.

 
RHINO priority issues for 2017

Affordable Rental Housing: Rents are rising, household income is stagnant. 
Should housing be an entitlement?

Alternatives to rental. People across the country are tinkering with new ideas about housing that aren't based on traditional rental vs. homeonwnership 

Code Enforcement Housing Code enforcement can improve rental housing conditions, improve neighborhoods, and preserve a healthy tax base. 

Domestic Violence Protections House Bill 297: Extending the protections of Violence against Women Act (VAWA) to private housing providers 

Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Housing 

Eviction Reform 

Federal Housing Policy in the age of President Trump

Federal Funding: Budget and Appropriations process

Healthy Homes
         Lead safe housing

HUD Futures. Making HUD Great (again?)

PBCA reform 

Minimum wage is the fastest way to improve rental housing affordability. 

Nuisance codes, banning policies, surveillance and private police abuse 
Tenant Civil Rights: Should people give up their civil rights when the live in rental housing
  • Nuisance code enforcement
  • Nuisance call codes
  • Health & safety dispossession
  • Surveillance in common areas of rental housing
Ohio Fair Housing
  • Source of income discrimination Denial of rental or difference in treatment should be illegal in Ohio
  • Stop SB 134. This proposed bill would gut Fair Housing protections for Ohioans, would prevent complainants from bringing charges of discrimination and would cost the State of Ohio a million $ a year

Re Entry Housing-citizens returning from prison often barred from housing

Tenant Screening and privacy rights. New technology outstrips tenant (and consumer) protections.
Enhancing Tenant Protections What are some legislative changes that would increase rental household stability?










Maybe of interest? Non housing advocacy stories

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