New plan for Franklinton created by NDC in partnership with the City of Columbus

Supported by funding from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), the NDC worked in partnership with the City of Columbus Housing Division to produce the Franklinton Target Area Plan in 2019 and early 2020. The plan was created in conjunction with residents and the Franklinton Area Commission as part of a new OHFA funding opportunity that will bring mixed-income housing developments to Franklinton.

The FHAct50 Program

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law in 1968, following a prolonged legislative battle and on the heels of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Act extended the basic discrimination protections within the 1964 Civil Rights Act into the housing market. It explicitly prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex – and, following amendments in 1988 – familial status and disability.

Using the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act as its namesake, the FHAct50 program helps build on the spirit of the legislation by supporting the development of diverse, mixed-income communities. The FHAct50 Building Opportunity Fund was an option extended by OHFA to Ohio’s three largest cities: Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. The City of Columbus elected to participate in the FHAct50 Building Opportunity fund for years 2019-2021. The fund provides access to a pool of $3 million in low income housing tax credits to further the creation of diverse and accessible communities within the boundaries of a TAP identified by the City of Columbus. Each affordable unit must be leveraged by a market rate unit in the same neighborhood, created at the same time in order to support the development of mixed-income communities.

Target Area Plan

The Target Area Plan was created with the direction of the Housing Division of the Department of Development while NDC provided technical assistance. The document presents data about the existing conditions of the Franklinton neighborhood, and recommends improvements in broad areas. The final component of the plan details the FHAct50 process and the individual housing developments selected to move ahead with the funding opportunity.