With new legislation supporting mental health housing, property tax case gets sent back to state

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The Ohio Supreme Court vacated the decision of a state tax board that said tax exemptions shouldn’t apply to a permanent supportive housing facility for low-income individuals seeking mental health and addiction services.

The case came to the state’s highest court after the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals reversed a property tax exemption for Hawthorn Grove and Terrace Place in Columbus, two nonprofit facilities that provide housing and services to individuals being treated for mental health issues, and who may suffer homelessness or institutional treatment because of it.