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Policy Pitch Night in Columbus: Residents Select Landlord-Tenant Mediation as Winning Idea

[COLUMBUS, OH] Columbus residents selected Olabisi Eddy’s policy idea as the issue they’d like to see championed in City Hall by Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown. According to Olabisi Eddy’s presentation, the goal of the policy is to help prevent the harm that evictions inflict upon families by ensuring that landlords and tenants work together to explore better outcomes for each party.

Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown and Councilmembers Priscilla Tyson and Shayla Favor were on hand Wednesday night to hear Eddy and four other Columbus residents pitch their policy ideas.

“We want to tap into the knowledge of everyday residents as we work to support the success of every person in Columbus,” said Pro Tem Brown. “All of the proposals were fantastic, and I’m excited to work with Olabisi Eddy to help her advance her policy.”

The four other policy proposals, selected by a group of local grassroots leaders and community members as finalists, included ideas around:

  • Providing tools to help daycare centers achieve at least 1-star certification so that they can continue to receive Step-Up funds.
  • Creating a City-level division of mobility and economic policy to focus on equitable non-highway transportation.
  • Allocating $2 million in City funding to expand the SNAP-Ed program in high-need Columbus neighborhoods.
  • Permanently expunging eviction records for residents who participate in financial literacy classes or other relevant workshops.

Policy Pitch Night originated in Cincinnati two years ago when Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld partnered with Cohear, pledging to bring the winning policy to City Hall. The annual event has been a resounding success in Cincinnati.

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Cohear is a community engagement and strategy company. We help leaders develop meaningful solutions to difficult problems by organizing and engaging community members with lived experience. Through our unique combination of outreach and facilitation, we bring decision makers and everyday experts together in forward-thinking focus group conversations.

Cohear: Nia Baucke, (513) 214-9679, nia@wecohear.com