Shale Boom Creating Shortage of Affordable Housing in Eastern Ohio

By Bob Downing
Beacon Journal staff writer


Eastern Ohio is beginning to experience a shortage of affordable and available housing for the poor because another group has tapped much of the existing stock: drilling company workers.

And the problem is expected to worsen, with smaller communities being affected the most, according to a report from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Affordable Housing Research and Strategic Planning.

The agency — along with Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio State University, Ohio University, the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio and Columbus-based Vogt Santer Insights — has issued four reports it commissioned to examine affordable housing in eastern Ohio.

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