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Council Talks Affordable Housing at “Give Me Shelter” Event

Keeping families in their homes and providing safe, affordable housing continues to be a priority for Councilmember Jaiza Page. During the “Give Me Shelter” event on Wednesday, August 29, Noon – 1:15pm, at The Boat House at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring St., Councilmember Page will discuss Council’s new, historic policy that encourages developers to build more affordable housing. 

“Affordable housing is critical to the foundation of a healthy, inclusive city,” said Councilmember Page. “Implementing our new incentive policy while also addressing the issues surrounding eviction and vacant properties helps to ensure we are putting measures in place for all of our residents to thrive in Columbus."

Councilmember Page chairs the Housing, and Economic Development and Small Business committees.

The new residential incentive policy makes significant changes to support affordable, mixed-income neighborhoods in the City’s existing post-1994 Community Reinvestment Areas. Neighborhoods will be placed into one of three categories based on the following criteria: population growth, median household income growth, poverty rate, growth in median rent, housing vacancy rate and mortgage foreclosure rate.

Additionally, in Franklin County, nearly 18,000 eviction notices are filed each year making the eviction court the busiest in the state. Staggering statistics such as this, led Councilmember Page to partner with the County and the Ohio State University to commission a study. The goals of the study are to research the underlying causes of eviction through interviews with landlords and tenants and create policy recommendations that can positively change the eviction outcomes in the City.

Councilmember Page, along with The Legal Aid Society of Columbus and Columbus Next Generation, also hosted eviction workshops earlier this year which covered topics including eviction notices, available rental assistance program(s), tenant rights, landlord responsibilities and escrow services.

The panel discussion during this event provides an opportunity for participants and the audience to explore how to create opportunity within Columbus and address the shortage of affordable housing. 

The host and panel members include:

  • Jane Scott, president and CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Club
  • Kermit Whitfield, presiding officer, Columbus Metropolitan Club
  • Rachel Garshick Kleit, PhD, associate dean, OSU School of Engineering and committee chair of Move to PROSPER
  • Jaiza Page, councilmember, Columbus City Council
  • Michael Outrich, social researcher, GIS specialist, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
  • E.J. Thomas, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity MidOhio (host)

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