Over the last few years, Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) has been working hard to quantify the impact of CDCs throughout Ohio. We’ve been collecting and analyzing data from our member organizations and are excited to share our findings – especially in digestible bits.
We are pleased to state that, each year, over one million people benefit from the work of Ohio’s CDCs.
Did you know that, in 2016, Ohio CDCs:
- Invested over $350 million in their communities and served more than 39,000 households through their affordable housing development, housing counseling, and home repair programs;
- Developed or rehabilitated over 2,300 affordable housing units for low and moderate income families, senior citizens and veterans and;
- Repaired or improved nearly 20,000 homes.
There are so many various ways in which this happens across the state.
For example, in 2016, a CDC near Cleveland coordinated 356 volunteers for 46 volunteer projects, hosted 23 housing educational workshops with 782 attendees, and engaged 526 people in some type of service provision including overseeing a bed bug issue intake program, home visits, or housing court advocacy.
Another CDC in Cincinnati provided 486 families energy education to learn how to reduce their usage and save money on their utility bills.
Affordable housing is a critical need in Ohio as well as the rest of the country. The work of Ohio CDCs is truly important in meeting this need.