Columbus City Council Sets Up Program to Avoid Evictions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (24-7 News)--Columbus City Council has unveiled a program to help Central Ohio residents who may be in danger of losing their homes.

Councilwoman Shayla Favor says the new $300,000 Eviction Prevention pilot program would provide emergency assistance and legal help to people at risk of being forced to vacate their homes.

Favor said the program would work on two-fronts, one through social services to proactively prevent evictions and the second through legal aid to fight them.

She adds that one of the biggest issues for a growing city is the lack of affordable housing.

Last year in Franklin County there were over 17-thousand evictions, which was a small decrease compared to previous years.

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