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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. 

Dayton real-estate broker Veronica Bedell-Nevels.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A decade after the Great Recession and foreclosure crisis affected millions of Americans, homeownership remains a major way many people hope to build a nest egg and save for retirement.

But, new numbers from the National Association of Real Estate Brokers show the homeownership gap between whites and blacks is growing bigger. Whites are much more likely to own a home than African Americans in cities across the country.

foreclosure notice on window
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It’s been around a decade since the housing meltdown and Great Recession that shook communities around the country.

At Springfield's Neighborhood Housing Partnership, services were virtually redefined by the mortgage crisis. Now, with less federal foreclosure-prevention funding available, some advocates say they’re worried the housing market's recovery could be at risk.

One of several houses in Miami Township in Montgomery County that had been abandoned, fallen into disrepair and declared a nuisance property.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

About a decade ago, a housing crisis swept the country. The crash devastated many communities and changed the lives of millions of Americans who experienced foreclosure or simply walked away from homes owing more than they were worth. 

Here’s what we heard from resident's of Miami Township in Montgomery County at the time - neighbors living near vacant and abandoned houses:

"It’s very disrupting. It’s an eyesore."

"It smells like there might be a dead animal in the backyard. Honestly, there’s like a whole bunch of flies and it’s pretty nasty."

City of Miamisburg

Last week, officials approved an annexation agreement to add 41 acres from Miami Township to the city of Miamisburg. The land is on Miamisburg Springboro Road, just north of Medlar Road. Housing developer Inverness Homes plans to build new residences on the land. According to City of Miamisburg Development Director Chris Fine, the agreement is approved -- not the annexation.

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