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OHFA's Target Area Search product helps revitalize federally designated target areas by making our affordable homebuyer loans and competitive interest rates available to any qualified buyer purchasing a home in these areas.


What is a Target Area?

A target area is a Census tract where the housing market is highly challenged. There are two types of target areas. Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs) are based on household income data and designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Areas of Chronic Economic Distress (ACEDs) are designated by OHFA and subject to federal approval. A home must be located in at least one of these to be eligible for a target area loan. Most Ohio counties contain both target and non-target areas. Determine whether a property is located within a target area by using the tool at the bottom of this page.


Am I Eligible?

Target Area Search product applications do not have to be first-time homebuyers. However, the following program requirements apply:

  • You must meet income and purchase price limits.
  • You meet debt to income ratios for your loan type.
  • You must meet credit score requirements.
    • Conventional, USDA and VA Loans: 640 or higher
    • FHA Loans: 650 or higher

View a complete list of eligibility criteria.


Homebuyer Education

Qualified buyers are required to complete free homebuyer education. OHFA's streamlined education program allows you to complete a course offered by any U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved counseling agency in Ohio. Please note, OHFA homebuyer education is not completed until after homebuyer has submitted their loan application with their loan officer. Homebuyer Education is not required for borrowers who are only registered for our MTC Basic program.


How Do I Apply?

OHFA works with lenders, credit unions and mortgage companies across the state. Find an OHFA-approved lender in your area, along with tips to help you with the application process, or call us toll-free at 888.362.6432.


Free Homeowner Resources

Qualified buyers will be eligible to join Power of Home, a new program that provides free homeowner resources through the Framework® platform. New tools and resources will be available to help you manage, maintain and build equity in your home.

When you sign up, you will be able to:

  • Explore homeowner resources to manage your home investment.
  • Access an affordable loan for home repairs, improvement, and modifications from Huntington®.
  • Meet your financial goals with free financial coaching and counseling services to reduce your debt and more from Apprisen.
  • Search over 250 local home maintenance, energy assistance grant, and loan programs.
  • Receive a $25 gift card for participating in the research study with The Ohio State University.

You'll also have the opportunity to test new features and participate in a research study with The Ohio State University when you complete the homebuyer education.


Target Area Map and Search

Scroll past the map below to enter in your search query.


Please enter the address you wish to process using the Census Data Tract Lookup below:

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