City of Columbus awarded $ 12 million to local nonprofits for COVID-19 rental assistance
The city of Columbus has provided millions in COVID-19 rental assistance to help keep vulnerable residents in their homes.
26 community organizations received a total of $ 12.2 million to fund rent assistance, support services and targeted outreach to hard-to-reach residents of Columbus. The funds come from the Stable Housing Initiative fund. More than 14,400 tenants in central Ohio have received more than $ 33 million in COVID-19 rental assistance from the city, county and state since the start of the pandemic.
By working with local nonprofits, the city is able to reach vulnerable residents and populations at risk by distributing aid through organizations they know and trust.
“Our community moved quickly to distribute unprecedented rent assistance during the pandemic, keeping thousands of our neighbors at home. Yet some residents hardest hit by COVID-19, including new Americans, seniors, people with disabilities, youth in transition, and other vulnerable populations, have yet to hear that this funding exists or how. to access. Said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Through this initiative and through partnerships with community organizations, Columbus City Council and the courts, we will ensure that all Columbus residents have access to the resources they need to stay in safe and stable housing for the longest time. the pandemic and beyond. ”
Organizations that receive funding under the Stable Housing Initiative are:
- LSS CHOICES for victims of domestic violence: Victims of domestic violence, including in refugee and immigrant communities
- Broad Street Presbyterian Church: Seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees
- CareConnection Doctors: Families residing in postal code 43228
- Jewish Family Services: Seniors, immigrants and refugees
- Star House: Young people aged 18 to 24 experiencing homelessness
- Catholic Social Services Inc. : Hispanic immigrant population, seniors and youth aged 18 to 24
- Columbus Urban League: Black households headed by women
- Equitas Health: LGBTQ + community
- Alliance for the Care of Life: Seniors and people with disabilities
- Somali Community Association of Ohio: Immigrants and refugees, young people, people with disabilities and the elderly
- Somali Community Link Inc .: Immigrant and refugee households
- The Homeless Families Foundation: Pregnant women who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless
- Central Ohio YMCA: Seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees
- Columbus Literacy Council: Immigrants and refugees
- Central Community House: Seniors and youth aged 18 to 24
- Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center: Seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees
- Gladden Community House: Very Low Income Households in Franklinton and near the West Side
- Northern Community Counseling Centers Inc. : Seniors, youth, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees
- St. Stephen Community House: Very Low Income Households in Linden and Northeast Columbus
- Homes On The Hill Community Development Corporation: Seniors, immigrants and refugees
- Community development for all: People who are unemployed or underemployed for a long time
- Kaleidoscope Youth Center: Youth aged 18 to 24 who identify as LGBTQIA + and / or an LGBTQIA + person of color
- Neighborhood Services Inc. : Seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees
- Our helpers: Immigrants and refugees
- We Together Inc.: Immigrant and refugee households; victims of gender-based violence who are refugees and immigrants
- Ohio Muslim Family Services: Immigrant refugees
“The Stable Housing Initiative will help the City of Columbus and our partners in an ongoing effort to reach and protect the most vulnerable among us as we continue to fight the impending cliff of eviction,” the member said. of the Favor board. “I urge our homeowner community to work with our nonprofit partners to gain access to these unprecedented resources that will help provide stability and comfort in these difficult times. “
Stable Housing Initiative funds will help tenants by supplementing existing rent assistance. Additionally, federal funding to the city is available to eligible tenants through IMPACT Community Action and the Columbus Urban League.
$ 10 million in funding has already been made available to local agencies and $ 2.2 million in funding will be legislated when city council meets again.
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