Columbus City Council last night approve spending 275 thousand dollars on programs to help people facing eviction or homelessness.
One program creates a 50 thousand dollar grant for the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to hire an additional eviction attorney who will help one hundred families stay in their homes. Sponsoring Council member Shayla Favor:
Another is a 100 thousand dollar grant for Impact Community Action to stabilize households facing eviction. Former city hall aid Bo Chilton runs that agency:
Another 50 thousand goes to the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging to fight evictions for those age 50 and older. And 75 thousand goes to the Community Shelter Board for a program created last year to help pregnant women avoid homelessness. Council also approved spending 75 thousand dollars to develop three websites for the Smart Columbus initiative, and 2.46 million on upgrades for five traffic lights in the downtown area.