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For months, the warning was clear from economists, housing advocates and public health experts: Without more help from Congress, millions of Americans could be evicted, in the dead of winter, in the middle of a raging pandemic.

"I can't construct a darker scenario," Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi told NPR in November. "It's absolutely critical that lawmakers step up."

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The state Controlling Board has approved distributing 420 million dollars in federal CARES Act monday to individuals and businesses struggling economically from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Tenth Ohio District Court of Appeals has ruled Franklin County landlords are no longer allowed to evict tenants by affidavit.

The Trump administration is ordering a halt on evictions nationwide through December for people who have lost work during the pandemic and don't have other good housing options.

The new eviction ban is being enacted through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, which the agency says in its order "presents a historic threat to public health."

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Columbus officials say the city has received 157 million dollar in federal funding through the CARES Act to help residents recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During a Wednesday press event, Columbus and Franklin County leaders unveiled actions taken to prevent evictions. 

Columbus City Council last night approve spending 275 thousand dollars on programs to help people facing eviction or homelessness. 

Columbus City Council today announced plans to add another $3.3 million to Mayor Andy Ginther's 2019 municipal budget proposal. 

An updated ordinance passed by Columbus City Council in December to protect renters from being evicted by their landlord for complaining about code violations takes effect Wednesday.

The City of Columbus has reached a settlement in a large public nuisance lawsuit filed earlier this year involving operators of three large apartment complexes. 

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus says its Tenant Advocacy Project created last year helped people stay in their homes 240 percent more often than those who were not assited by the program. 

Columbus and Franklin County officials continue working on a plan to address a 54,000-unit affordable housing shortage. 

For many poor families in America, eviction is a real and ongoing threat. Sociologist Matthew Desmond estimates that 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 — a rate of four every minute.

"Eviction isn't just a condition of poverty; it's a cause of poverty," Desmond says. "Eviction is a direct cause of homelessness, but it also is a cause of residential instability, school instability [and] community instability."

The City of Columbus, Franklin County and Ohio State University plan to study the county's eviction rate, which is the highest in the state.

A mediation agency says Franklin County had more evictions filed over the past decade than any other county in the state.