From our friends at COHHIO:
Winter is approaching. Federal funding for emergency rental assistance runs dry at the end of the year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's eviction moratorium expires Dec. 31. Nearly 1.9 million Ohioans have filed for unemployment since the pandemic began. Coronavirus infections are spiking. The state is imposing new restrictions that will drive even more people out of work.

And the U.S. Senate is still blocking legislation to help people who are facing eviction and homelessness during this pandemic.

Join housing advocates across the country for a National Call-In Day on Thursday, Nov. 19 to demand the Senate immediately pass a coronavirus relief bill that includes the essential housing and homelessness resources and protections that have already cleared the U.S. House.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is a key player in bipartisan negotiations for economic relief. 

Please take a moment to call Sen. Portman's office to urge him to support inclusion of Sen. Sherrod Brown's (D-OH) Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act in the next coronavirus relief bill.
What you can say when you call:
Here are some facts you can tell Sen. Portman's staff when you call his office at 202-224-3353:
  • Nearly 250,000 Ohio households are behind on rent
  • 86,000 Ohio households are concerned they will be evicted in the next 2 months
  • CARES Act funding for emergency rental assistance expires Dec. 31
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's eviction moratorium expires Dec. 31
  • Ohio and the nation face a major eviction crisis in 2021 if Congress doesn't pass a relief bill with significant funding for housing assistance immediately
  • Please join Sen. Brown in supporting $100 billion for emergency rental assistance and $11.5 billion for homeless programs in the next coronavirus relief bill
For more information about coronavirus relief negotiations and National Call-In Day, see this recent update from our friends the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Thanks for amplifying our advocacy!

Bill Faith
Executive Director
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