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This homeless encampment in Montgomery County was visited by volunteers during the annual Point-in-Time count of homeless persons on January 29, 2020.
Montgomery County Housing and Homeless Solutions Program

Montgomery County's annual homeless count started this morning.

Before the sun came up, volunteers were already fanning out across the Dayton area. They have just one day to complete a census of homeless people in the county.

Teams visit shelters, meal sites, and areas where homeless people are known to gather. County officials will send the final tally to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD requires this annual census for funding purposes.

Matt Tepper, president of the Old North Dayton Neighborhood Association, says more than 500 homes were destroyed or severely damaged by the tornado.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Seven months since the Memorial Day tornadoes left a path of devastation across the Miami Valley, some residents in Old North Dayton are struggling to return to normal and many homes that suffered damage in the storm remain covered with tarps or sit in disrepair.

After the Memorial Day tornado outbreak, many Old North Dayton residents donated to their neighborhood association instead of giving to regional or national groups such as the Red Cross or the Dayton Foundation.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is proposing a bill that would track nationwide data on evictions and pump more money into an emergency assistance fund that would help tenants cover their rent.

Karl Keith speaking at the 2019 annual Auditor's Update at Sinclair College.
MIKE BRILL/MONTGOMERY COUNTY

In his annual report delivered to more than 70 local government officials on Friday, Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith called 2019 a “mixed bag” of financial news. Keith struck an optimistic tone despite the negative impact of the May tornadoes on some county property values.

The auditor told the gathering this year’s tax revenue losses of $1.7 million in tornado affected neighborhoods were offset somewhat by improved property values and increased real estate development overall.

A home in a heavily storm-damaged area of Trotwood
Jess Mador / WYSO

Homeowners and renters affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes are invited to two special recovery events this week. The so-called Housing Recovery Resource Fairs aim to connect anyone still struggling with storm-related housing issues with assistance from FEMA, the United States Small Business Administration, state and county agencies.

The City of Dayton posted vacate notices on apartments along Kelly Avenue in Old North Dayton Tuesday.
April Laissle / WYSO

Tenants of the storm damaged Kelly Avenue apartments in Old North Dayton were ordered Tuesday to vacate their homes by the end of the week. The news panicked residents, many of whom have nowhere else to go.

National Weather Service investigators are continuing to survey the damage littering the Miami Valley region after the  Memorial Day storms that killed one person and injured dozens more.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

In the wake of this week’s devastating tornadoes that killed one person and injured dozens of others, many Miami Valley relief organizations are mobilizing to assist storm victims. Unfortunately, it’s likely some con men and con women are mobilizing, too.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says he expects a wave of storm-chasing scammers to arrive on people’s doorsteps as storm recovery continues. Some may offer inspections and services that may or may not be real,  he says, and may be wildly overpriced.

Some abandoned homes can be renovated and reused, but many others can't be saved and have been recommended for demolition.
Sheila Raghavendran / WYSO

WYSO Curious is our series where listeners ask questions and WYSO producers find the answers. Today we answer a question from two different listeners:  Jade Haygood and Mike.  They  asked us to find out what’s happening with vacant and abandoned homes in Dayton. They wanted to to know whether there’s a plan to deal with them and how that’s going.

The head of the Ohio realtors' association says the partial shutdown of the federal government is making it harder for prospective homebuyers to get a loan. 

When it comes to financing a home purchase, roughly 1-in-5 buyers rely on the help of an FHA loan, which is basically a mortgage that's insured by the Federal Housing Administration. But since the partial government shutdown went into effect, delays in the approval process are starting to stack up, said Anjanette Frye, President of Ohio REALTORS.

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Dayton housing officials say the government shutdown has stalled critical affordable housing development in the city.

Among the federal agencies closed by the shutdown is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the agency that distributes funds for states' low-income housing programs, including the rental voucher program commonly known as Section 8. 

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