RHINO is the Rental Housing Information Network in Ohio

Today in Ohio history

February 3, 1993 -- Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott suspended for 1 year due to racist comments. Later, Schott's comments about Hitler led MLB to ban her from day-to-day operations through 1998. Finally, on April 20, 1999, Schott agreed to sell her controlling interest in the Reds for $67 million.... At the time she was facing a third suspension, failing health and an expiring ownership agreement with her limited partners, who planned to oust her. 

This week's rental housing news

RHINO's Six Steps Project is an effort to focus grassroots attention on looking beyond incremental change. 

2025? YES, that's how deep the 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 is unlikely in the short term. However laying the foundations for transformative changes following the 2024 elections, can make a difference.

What just happened? Because Congress was unprepared for 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 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"

Episodes 1 and 2 are available for review. The series will continue shortly. Read more about the Six Steps project.