Stabilizing Housing for At-Risk Communities
Council Passes Legislation to Help Curb
Evictions and Homelessness
OH] As temperatures throughout the City begin to drop, those already struggling
with financial hardship are being frozen out of their homes. The rates of
homelessness and housing instability are rising, and Columbus City Council is
working diligently with local non-profit organizations to make sure every
resident has a place to be warm, safe and dry.
Monday, December 12, 2016, Councilmember Jaiza Page sponsored ordinance 3209-2016 to
provide emergency funding to residents at risk of becoming evicted or in need
of rental assistance. It specifically targets low-income residents living at or
below the poverty level.
and affordable housing is a vital component to our City’s growth. We need
to ensure that once families find a home, they can stay there,” said
legislation grants $48,000 in funding to the YMCA, Eldon and Elise Branch;
HandsOn Central Ohio; The Breathing Association and IMPACT Community Action to
combat this issue. The Community Shelter Board will serve as the fiscal
goal of the program is to serve as an immediate stop measure that connects
landlords and residents with emergency funding to pay for rent and/or
have to use a holistic approach when tackling evictions and homelessness,” Page
continued. “There are times when emergency measures need to be taken to keep
our residents off of the streets.”
County has one of the highest eviction rates in the state of Ohio.
appreciate the work agencies are doing throughout Columbus to help prevent
individuals and families from losing their homes. This is especially true as
expenses rise during the cold months,” Page continued.
past November, President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson also allocated funding to
assist with evictions. The Community Mediation Services runs the Homeless
Prevention Program which provides resources to help residents obtain or
maintain stable, long-term housing. Tenants targeted by this program have
already received a 3-day notice to vacate their rental housing from their
landlord or an eviction summons from the Franklin County Municipal Court.
in need of assistance should contact the individual non-profit organization for
- YMCA, Eldon and Elise Branch - (614) 252-3166
- HandsOn Central Ohio - (614) 221-6766
- The Breathing Association - (614) 457-4570
- IMPACT Community Action - (614)