Workstream: Housing & Communities - NEOSCC Conditions & Trends

The Housing and Communities work stream will recommend policies, practices, and priorities that are crafted to improve regional housing equity, access, and quality. Such suggestions will include energy-efficient, cost-saving alternatives to traditional solutions. The work stream will also value the individual communities and neighborhoods in northeast Ohio by promoting the growth of a healthy, safe, and walkable region.

Finding: The spreading out of Northeast Ohio’s population has affected its housing markets.

In general, Northeast Ohio’s supply of housing exceeds its demand. At the same time, Northeast Ohio has an over-supply of housing that is abandoned and doesn’t have enough housing product to meet the needs of specific populations, such as people with disabilities and elderly residents.

Finding: While the region has made progress in addressing systemic issues of race, at the county level, the National Segregation Dissimilarity Index indicates that certain areas of Northeast Ohio remain highly segregated.

Finding: As the region’s four central cities have lost population, Northeast Ohio’s poorer residents have tended to be left behind because they could not afford to move.

This has often left them isolated in communities with declining tax bases and strained public facilities and social services.

Finding: Many Northeast Ohio households are “overburdened” by their combined housing and transportation costs because their H+T costs exceed this emerging national benchmark.

Households spending 45% or more of their income on housing and transportation (H+T) costs, excluding the cost of gasoline, are considered to be living in “unaffordable” locations and are “overburdened” by their housing and transportation costs, according to the H+T Affordability Index.

Finding: Northeast Ohio residents in select urban and exurban communities have shorter overall life expectancies and suffer disproportionately from chronic illness than their suburban and exurban counterparts.

These disparities are shaped by social, environmental, and economic conditions that affect both the choices available to them and their health outcomes.