City Council to Set Aside $1M in Emergency Support for Food Access and Housing Issues During COVID-19 Emergency
Allocates General Fund Dollars to Help Stabilize Families
[Columbus, OH] In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, City
Council members will add an ordinance tonight, committing $1 million to
Emergency Human Services to support families in need of housing or food
support. For the first time, some members will vote via video connection, as
allowed during a declared emergency.
“COVID-19 is going to hit Columbus families hard, especially
parents working hourly jobs,” said Council President Shannon G. Hardin.
“Council is acting now to put emergency money on the table to address food
access and housing stability. This is a first step of a larger City and
community effort to step up for our neighbors in need.”
Ordinance 0738-2020 offers financial assistance to residents.
Council will work with community partners to finalize the details and
administration of the program. The goal is to get much-needed resources into
the hands of the community as quickly as possible.
“We are pulling our
resources and working together to help ease the burden for hard-working folks.
We know our human service organizations have systems in place to rapidly deploy
resources to residents and organizations affected by this emergency,” Hardin