Columbus City awards $12.2M in COVID-19 rental assistance to residents through 26 organizations

* Somali Community Association, Somali Link, US Together, Our Helpers part of 26 organizations

Columbus, Ohio Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus City Councilmember Shayla Favor have announced the award of $12.2 million to 26 community organizations through the city’s Stable Housing Initiative to help ensure the equitable distribution of rental assistance to residents adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative will fund rental assistance, supportive services and targeted outreach to hard-to-reach Columbus residents who have not yet accessed emergency rental assistance available to them. Funding awarded to 26 community organizations will help ensure the equitable distribution of federal rental assistance

The $12.2 million in Stable Housing Initiative funding is additive to the $26 million in federal funding the City of Columbus has allocated for rental assistance since the pandemic began.

Communitywide, more than 14,400 central Ohio renters have received more than $33 million in COVID-19 rental assistance from the city, county and state, working in partnership with local nonprofits. The new Stable Housing Initiative seeks to reach at-risk populations and distribute assistance through organizations they know and trust.

“Our community has moved swiftly to distribute an unprecedented amount of rental assistance during the pandemic, keeping thousands of our neighbors in their homes. Yet some residents hardest hit by COVID-19, including new Americans, seniors, individuals with disabilities, youth in transition and other vulnerable populations have yet to hear that this funding exists, or how to access it.” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.

“Through this initiative, and 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 remain in safe, stable housing during the pandemic and beyond.”

“The Stable Housing Initiative will assist the City of Columbus and our partners in a continued effort to reach and protect the most vulnerable among us as we continue to fight against the looming eviction cliff,” said Councilmember Favor.

“I urge our landlord community to work with our nonprofit partners to gain access to these unprecedented resources that will help provide stability and reassurance during these difficult times.”

Organizations awarded funding through the Stable Housing Initiative are:

AgencyPopulations servedAward
LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic ViolenceVictims of domestic violence, including those in the refugee and immigrant communities$1,000,000
Broad Street Presbyterian ChurchSeniors, individuals with disabilities and immigrants and refugees$873,570
Physicians CareConnectionFamilies residing in the 43228 ZIP code$850,000
Jewish Family ServicesSeniors and immigrants and refugees$650,000
Star HouseYouth ages 18 to 24 years old experiencing homelessness$650,000
Catholic Social Services Inc.Immigrant Hispanic population, seniors and youth ages 18- to 24 years old$500,000
Columbus Urban LeagueBlack, female-led households$500,000
Equitas HealthLGBTQ+ community$500,000
Lifecare AllianceSeniors and individuals with disabilities$500,000
Somali Community Association Of OhioImmigrants and refugees, youth, individuals with disabilities and seniors$500,000
Somali Community Link Inc.Immigrant and refugee households$500,000
The Homeless Families FoundationPregnant women who are homeless or imminently at risk of becoming homeless$500,000
YMCA of Central OhioSeniors, individuals with disabilities, and immigrants and refugees$500,000
Columbus Literacy CouncilImmigrants and refugees$425,000
Central Community HouseSeniors and youth ages 18 to 24 years old$400,000
Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources CenterSeniors, individuals with disabilities, and immigrants and refugees$400,000
Gladden Community HouseVery low income households from Franklinton and near west side$400,000
North Community Counseling Centers Inc.Seniors, youth, individuals with disabilities, and immigrants and refugees$400,000
St. Stephen’s Community HouseVery low income households from Linden and northeast Columbus$360,000
Homes On The Hill Community Development CorporationSeniors and immigrants and refugees$350,000
Community Development For All PeoplePeople who are unemployed or have been underemployed for an extended period of time$335,000
Kaleidoscope Youth CenterYouth ages 18 to 24 years old who identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or an LGBTQIA+ person of color$335,000
Neighborhood Services Inc.Seniors, individuals with disabilities and immigrants and refugees$280,000
Our HelpersImmigrants and refugees$211,312
Us Together Inc.Immigrant and refugee households; victims of gender-based violence who are refugees and immigrants$171,430
Muslim Family Services Of OhioImmigrant refugees$120,000
Total funding$12,211,312

Funds awarded through the Stable Housing Initiative will supplement rental assistance currently available to residents adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional federal funding awarded to the City of Columbus is currently available to eligible renters in need through IMPACT Community Action (apply.impacthopefund.org) and the Columbus Urban League (https://www.cul.org/emergency-rental-assistance/).

The City of Columbus is contracting with recipient agencies to award $10 million of the funding now, with $2.2 million in funding to be legislated by City Council.

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