OACAA Briefing: The latest news from OACAA and Ohio's CAAs

July 2020
Press Release: OACAA Supports Sen. Brown's Public Health Crisis Resolution
COLUMBUS (July 27, 2020) —  The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies strongly supports  Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) resolution   declaring that racism is a public health crisis. For far too long, racism has negatively impacted the health and safety of minorities throughout this country. Brown’s proposed resolution acknowledging systemic racism is an overdue yet vital step in creating public policy to eradicate barriers for persons of color. . >>> READ MORE
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CAC of Portage County's Summer Food Program for Children: A Community Partnership
(Source: Record Courier, By: Krista S. Kano)

PORTAGE COUNTY —  When Gov. Mike DeWine closed K-12 schools in mid-March to slow the spread of the coronavirus, he also cut off many students from their only regular food source. In Portage County, schools districts, business owners, churches, community members and nonprofits banded together to ensure every student would have a daily breakfasts and lunches.

As of [early June], however, all Portage public schools are now on summer break, and as a result, some of those food programs have ended during a spike in unemployment rates. At the same time, summer camps and day programs that typically provide meals have also been canceled because of the pandemic.

End of halt to water shut-offs has Appalachian counties worried
(Source: Columbus Dispatch; by: Sheridan Hendrix; photo by Joshua A. Bickel)

Hundreds of southeastern Ohio families are at risk of having their water shut off amid the coronavirus pandemic, and community leaders are expressing deep concerns of the potentially devastating consequences.

On March 31, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued an order forbidding any public water system from disconnecting a customer because of nonpayment, and that anyone who had been disconnected as of Jan. 1 be reconnected at no cost.

But beginning [July 10], the Ohio EPA will revoke its moratorium on water shut-offs and resume allowing water companies to disconnect delinquent customers.

TriForce Mission Team repairs homes in Ohio
(Source: Daily News, by Kraig Younts)

The group of 40 high school students and adults worked with Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families from July 6 through July 10 and completed a total of 10 home repairs.

“This has been awesome because we didn’t expect this to happen with COVID-19 going on,” TriForce Mission Team representative Dave Meyer said. “These kids have just been amazing. You always hear about the bad things kids do, but you don’t hear enough about the good things. They are eager to serve the Lord.”

SELF and the TriForce Mission Team began working together after the Group Cares Foundation, which also repairs homes for those in need, postponed all of its 2020 work camps due to COVID-19.

Columbus city leaders discuss efforts to confront racism, inequality in the community
(Source: Dayton 247 Now, by Tiffany L. Denen)

DAY TON - A new $10 million grant was launched by Montgomery County that will help local homeowners and renters impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus. Fifty percent of this funding will go towards benefiting homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments because of COVID-19 related loss of income, and the other 50% will help people and families who have struggled to pay rent because of the pandemic. It will also provide help to both homeowners and renters who are behind on utility bills.

Eviction stats predicted to increase in the Mahoning Valley
(Source: 21 WFMJ, by Erin Simonek)

About 36% of Americans are struggling to pay their rent. The Supreme Court and municipal courts had stays in place for evictions because of the pandemic but are now slowly being lifted.


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