Ohio Green Communities 2009
Ohio Green Communities is a collaboration of Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH),
Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and Enterprise, with support from the National City, a
PNC company. This exciting initiative finances affordable homes in Ohio that promote health,
conserve energy and natural resources, and provide easy access to jobs, schools and services.
Ohio Green Communities brings equity, grants, technical assistance and additional flexible
financing to developers building affordable rental homes. Since 2006, Ohio Green Communities
partners have awarded grants to twenty-four developments totaling over 1,500 affordable housing
units. In 2008 alone, close to 1,000 units of LIHTC housing, with total development costs of
$146.5 million, received Green Communities certification because they incorporated
Ohio's comprehensive green building criteria.
Making Green Work in Ohio
In 2009, Ohio Green Communities will provide the following resources to LIHTC projects in
Support up to five (5) grants of $15,000 to eligible developers that meet the Green
Communities Criteria. The funding is designated for use by developers to perform up-
front energy services work, including energy audits, energy modeling, and/or cost-benefit
analysis of energy performance aspects of the project. Eligibility is limited to 2009
LIHTC applicants that meet OHFA’s criteria.
Provide funding (“Forgivable Loans”) for pre-development activities for a limited
number of select projects across the state that exemplify innovation in green building
applications, with a special emphasis being placed on Green Retrofit projects.
OHFA will provide additional HDAP funding for 2009 LIHTC Green Communities as
outlined in the QAP; up to $4,000 per unit with a maximum total of $750,000 per eligible
Green Communities Criteria
Ohio Green Communities will consider applications for grants and/or financing from developers
who agree to meet the Green Communities Criteria. The Criteria were developed collaboratively
by Enterprise and the Natural Resources Defense Council in consultation with other experts, such
as the National Center for Healthy Housing, a leading environmental health research
organization. Drawing heavily on the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Green Building Rating System®, the Green Communities Criteria span a range of building
practices that can deliver significant benefits for families, communities and the environment.
The criteria will be on-line at: www.greencommunitiesonline.org/about/programs/ohio.asp after
About Green Communities
Ohio Green Communities is part of a national effort to transform the way we think about, locate
and design affordable housing. Green Communities, led by Enterprise, has invested more than
$615 million in homes that are built according to the Green Communities Criteria, creating over
14,500 green affordable homes in more than 30 states, providing significant health, economic and
environmental benefits to low-income families and communities across the country.
Green Communities is a partnership of Enterprise, a premier national affordable housing
provider, and NRDC, a leading national environmental group, the American Institute of
Architects, the National Center for Healthy Housing, the American Planning Association,
Southface Energy Institute, Global Green USA, and top corporate, financial and philanthropic
organizations. Ohio funders include the George Gund Foundation and National City, a PNC
How to Apply
Applications for project certification and grant funding by Ohio Green Communities for tax credit
projects will be available starting on February 1, 2009 at:
www.greencommunitiesonline.org/about/programs/ohio.asp. The deadline is March 19.
Certification letters will be issued by May 31. Funding awards are expected to be announced on
July 2, 2009.
Contact for questions about the application process:
Customer Relationship Manager
Enterprise Community Partners – Ohio
50 W. Broad Street, Suite 3050
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Contact for technical questions on the Green Communities criteria:
Green Communities Enterprise
10227 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) is an independent, nonprofit corporation
originally created by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency in 1989. The mission of Ohio Capital
Corporation for housing is to cause the construction, rehabilitation and preservation of affordable
housing in Ohio. Through its affiliates, OCCH has raised over $800 million of equity and
invested in 300 projects, which have produced more than 15,000 affordable homes in 70 of
Ohio’s 88 counties. For more information, please visit www.occh.org.
The Ohio Housing Finance Agency is a state agency that offers affordable housing opportunities
for Ohioans from rental living to homeownership. Created in 1983, OHFA has issued over $5
billion in bonds for first-time homebuyer mortgages and has funded through tax credits and loans
over 1,300 affordable rental housing communities. For more information, visit
Enterprise is a leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent,
affordable homes and rebuild communities. For 25 years, Enterprise has pioneered neighborhood
solutions through public-private partnerships with financial institutions, governments, community
organizations and others that share our vision. Enterprise has raised and invested $8 billion in
equity, grants and loans and is currently investing in communities at a rate of $1 billion a year.
Visit www.enterprisecommunity.org and www.enterprisecommunity.com to learn more about
Enterprise’s efforts to build communities and opportunity, and to meet some of the half a million
people we have helped. For more information, please visit www.enterprisecommunity.org.