Quarter 2 2021, Volume 9 Issue 2
Housing Stabilization Coalition Forges Partnerships Amid COVID-19 to Prevent Evictions
In Columbus, Ohio, amid the COVID-19 national emergency, organizations have come together to focus on a comprehensive and coordinated solution to providing housing stability. The large spectrum of eviction prevention needs throughout the community required the support of multiple organizations, resulting in the formation of the Housing Stabilization Coalition. The main goals of the Coalition are to decrease the number of individuals and families at risk of homelessness due to evictions and to prevent an increase in families entering an already overcrowded emergency shelter system.
Impact Community Action leads the Emergency Financial Assistance component of the Coalition, including rent, mortgage, and utility assistance. They also operate the Hope Fund, which is raising funds for the initiative. Impact Community Action is working with key partners covering a variety of affordable housing resources in the City of Columbus/Franklin County, including the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. HUD-approved housing counseling agencies (HCAs) contribute to this work, including Columbus Urban League, who has added rental housing counseling as a service as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency.
The Housing Stabilization Coalition is leveraging federal funding such as Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) to aid in preventing eviction. The Columbus Foundation also provided $500,000 for this effort which has augmented federal funding. Together, HCAs forging partnerships with the community can enhance their service offerings and use federal relief funding to help their clients in need. For more information about federal relief funding, view the COVID-19 Response and Relief Funding Chart for Housing Counselors, which includes all of the available funding, the American Rescue Plan Act.
Housing Stabilization Coalition Key Partners
- City of Columbus Department of Development
- Franklin County Department of Jobs and Family Services
- Franklin County Veterans Service Commission
- Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Columbus Apartment Association
- Columbus Urban League (Participating Housing Counseling Agency)
- Affordable Housing Alliance