With an extremely low vacancy rate, it is critical for the City of Worthington to ensure that all rental units are up to code. As more and more people are moving into the community, the City recognizes that there are different standards of living among the residents. In order to maintain a clean and safe environment for all, a rental housing inspection ordinance was put in place. “Rental housing inspection is absolutely critical, especially in a community like ours,” explains Jason Brisson, Director of Community and Economic Development. “[When] you’ve got a substandard housing unit and you shut it down, you just created a new homeless person because there’s nowhere else in the city for them to go because we’re full everywhere.” Although the City is working to increase its range of housing choices, it is also working with landlords to address problems early on.