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COMMISSIONERS’ STATEMENT ON MUNICIPAL COURT ORDER AND THE EVICTION MORATORIUM

Friday, August 06, 2021
Contact:
Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630
Jodi Andes, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-5273

The Franklin County Commissioners are disappointed in the municipal court’s decision not to enforce the new CDC eviction moratorium order.  Families across the country have struggled to pay their rent or mortgages during the pandemic, and many of our Franklin County residents are now facing a new uncertainty about their futures and their ability to keep a roof over their heads.
 
In addition to their usual annual investment of $23.5 million for affordable housing and housing supports, the commissioners have allocated more than $8 million to rental, utility, mortgage, and shelter assistance during the pandemic.  Assistance is still available via our Emergency Rental Assistance Program and the Impact Hope Fund.  When in doubt or in danger of losing a place to live, residents are encouraged to turn to our Job and Family Services department which can be reached at jfs.franklincountyohio.gov or 1-844-640-6446.
 
The commissioners have traditionally funded both rental assistance and other eviction prevention measures such as through the Legal Aid Society, eviction prevention workshops, and tenant/landlord mediation.  We also have a case worker in place at the eviction court to inform residents about their options and assist them with applications.  We remain committed to protecting residents from becoming homeless, especially during the ongoing pandemic, and will be announcing new partnerships to support renters in the coming few weeks.
 

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