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Today in Ohio History

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May 19, 1749 – King George II of Great Britain grants the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River. The British Crown granted the company 500,000 acres in the Ohio Valley between the Kanawha River (now Charleston WVa) and the Monongahela. (Now Pittsburgh) The grant was in two parts: the first 200,000 acres were promised, and the following 300,000 acres were to be granted if the Ohio Company successfully settled one hundred families within seven years.  Furthermore, the Ohio Company was required to construct a fort and provide a garrison to protect the settlement at their own expense. But the land grant was rent and tax free for ten years to facilitate settlement.

Your tax dollars at work!  

Governor DeWine tours Adams County, meets residents dealing with aftermath of EF1 tornado. "Unger said they are in desperate need of windows for their home. However, she said things are starting to look up. Electricity is back on in her home, and they finished construction on the backside of her office. The Ungers own three companies and keep all of their personal and employee information in the office. Thankfully, none of that was destroyed or swept away."  Emphasis added 

May 2, 2024. Biden approves DeWine's Disaster declaration request. Maybe it would have come sooner if DeWine had ordered that the debris be set on fire as in East Palestine?

RHINO's Six Steps Project is an effort to jump start grassroots advocacy on housing policy that goes beyond incremental change. 

read, think, respond...then act collectively.

2025? YES, that's how deep the housing policy stagnation has become as political forces have dashed hopes for real change in the wake of the 2008 and 2020 housing crises. 

Facing a divided Congress in the 2023-2024 session, transformative change that could have happened fizzled because Congress was unprepared to seize the opportunity provided by the Pandemic Recession of 2020. Well-meaning solutions like eviction moratoriums, emergency rental assistance, child tax credits and american rescue plan among others) stopped the bleeding, but they failed to change the system of bandaid tinkering with US Housing policy (ie. the five legged stool).

In fact, stimulus payments likely contributed to the housing affordability crisis that put stable housing out of reach for ordinary families. as the Pandemic recession morphed into the Pandemic Inflation. All hands were on deck, but rowing in opposite directions.

Three housing related recessions in just 12 years underscores the fact that the root of this recurring cycle is a broken housing policy strategy. Todd Rungren observes "The mysterious mad man with his hand on the lever/Don't seem to never ever want to let you off"

Back in 2022, RHINO gave up on paying attention to Federal housing policy until after the 2024 elections, when, we hoped, grassroots activism in the wake of the past three housing related recessions would nudge Federal policymakers towards more progressive solutions to the US housing dilemma. 

If the New Democrat agenda is any indication, grassroots advocates (RHINOistas and others that not beholden to the FIRED industry) need to start nudging now. Begin conversationss with House and Senate candidates, their policy teams, and their influencers about what's working in your communities and how they can create Federal policies that support grassroots innovation. 

2024 is the time to be aspirational. Take a leaf from Biden's plan to reduce the lead standard to "near zero". EPA has not written regulations on this, just pointed to where we need to go. Housing advocates have the opportunity to put the flesh to real reform.

Read more about the Six Steps project.