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Council and Mayor Discuss New Strategies to Address Affordable Housing and Prevent Evictions

[COLUMBUS-OH]  In the face of a national debate on affordable housing, Columbus City Councilmember Jaiza Page joined Mayor Andrew J. Ginther today to discuss new plans to address the local challenge and offer ideas to specifically reduce the number of evictions.  The issue of safe and affordable housing in the City of Columbus took place at the Residences at Career Gateway Training Center, 755 E. Whittier, with dozens of local community housing advocates and stakeholders.

“We’ve heard the statistics, and we know the housing problem is affecting too many families,” said Councilmember Page. “We can put names and faces to the numbers and today we are talking about steps the City is exploring with our partners at Franklin County, the court system and throughout the nonprofit and private sectors to help keep families in their homes.”

Over the past three years, Council studied the factors leading to housing instability. Through courthouse-to-community workshops and partnerships with Ohio State University to learn more about evictions and community land trusts, City and County officials are now forming new policies to address multiple challenges.

Key to the research results; housing instability is rooted in landlord tenanted relations, land usage and poverty.  The collaborations identified pathways to neighborhood stabilization:

  • Find ways to strengthen tenant/landlord relationships
  • Develop partnerships with local organizations like the Columbus Apartment Association to establish an emergency eviction prevention fund to provide assistance to families and individuals in a financial emergency.
  • Review Columbus retaliatory eviction code and make changes to protect tenants from unfair and unlawful evictions.
  • Work with the Franklin County Commissioners to expand the Central Ohio Community Land Trust to provide low and moderate income individual’s sustainable affordable housing.

Over the coming months, the Mayor, Columbus City Council, and Franklin County Commissioners will further explore these options and any necessary legislation and funding to address the growing regional challenge.

“We cannot afford to spare one aging resident or one family who has hit a financial hardship and needs a help to get over a temporary hurdle,” said Page.  “I am here to say we have heard your cries and seen your tears. We are here to help.”