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Guest article submitted by: Bailey Martin, Communications and Marketing, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
May is Older Americans Month, and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency remains committed to ensuring that aging Ohioans have access to quality, safe and affordable housing. This year’s theme, Engage at Every Age, demonstrates that Americans are never too old to participate in activities that enrich physical, mental and emotional well-being. Housing plays an important role in ensuring that older Americans can enjoy their lives and remain independent and active.
Ohio has an aging population; currently, 15 percent of Ohioans are aged 65 and older. By 2040, Ohioans 65 and older will represent nearly a quarter of the state’s population. Older Ohioans of all income levels experience housing issues, such as being cost-burdened, which means a person spends over 30 percent of their income on housing costs. Other housing issues facing this population may include living with incomplete kitchen or plumbing facilities or living in overcrowded housing units.
OHFA continues to work to ensure that more housing is available for older Ohioans by prioritizing senior housing developments in our Annual Plan and Qualified Allocation Plan, which helps determine which affordable housing projects OHFA will fund. For example, in 2014, OHFA provided funding to Southwick Manor, a senior housing development in Brunswick, Ohio. This property provides 54 units of housing and a computer center, fitness center and media room for residents. OHFA provided nearly $2 million to help develop this property.
For more information on how OHFA helps seniors, visit our website.
Barbara, please call your regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman program at 1-800-421-7277 for assistance with your sister's care. You can also call the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman 1-800-282-1206.
My sister Pearl Lee Bailey Waller, is abused and neglected at Wyantwood nursing care Fairlawn Ohio. I tried to call the health department I've called several times to report this situation when she had a Magister and lawyer, before her but her son allowed her to be award their custody, Jerry Bell. They're understaffed always and the place is filthy and they neglect the clients on that second floor on lockdown. Sister Barb
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