Ohio Poverty Law Center

Bipartisan bill would allow expungement of Ohioans’ eviction records

BY: - April 16, 2021

When a tenant faces eviction, the filing can stay with them for years — potentially impacting their ability to find stable housing again. A bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard, and Hearcel Craig, D-Columbus, proposes to allow eviction records to be expunged under certain circumstances. A tenant would be able to request to […]

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State budget must provide adequate resources to fully implement new Medicaid managed care contract

BY: - February 19, 2021

Ohio is on the brink of making historic changes to its Medicaid program. For the first time since 2012, the Department of Medicaid is renegotiating its contracts with private insurance companies that are tasked with administering most of the state’s health care program for low-income residents. If these changes are fully implemented then vulnerable Ohioans, […]

Legislation seeks to provide internet access in unserved areas of Ohio

BY: - February 10, 2021

Ohio legislators are making quick work on the issue of broadband expansion so far in 2021, with the goal of providing internet access to all areas of the state. A Republican-led effort is already seeing progress during the new legislative term. On Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill to finance […]

Extend eviction moratorium to slow covid spread, advocates say

BY: - December 16, 2020

Ohio’s local courts should stop eviction proceedings, a group that advocates for the poor said Tuesday. Not only are thousands of Ohioans going to be forced out of their homes in the dead of winter, the proceedings and the evictions will make the covid crisis worse, they say. The coronavirus pandemic has hit low-income Americans […]

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Ohio leaders must address poverty and homelessness for public health response to succeed

BY: - September 2, 2020

Rent was due on Tuesday and many Ohioans will be unable to pay because of a slowly unfolding recession that, according to the World Bank, may be the worst since World War II. Congress appears less and less likely to extend assistance to unemployed families while Gov. Mike DeWine has yet to prop up Ohio’s […]

DeWine says coronavirus fight has to take priority over safety net

BY: - August 21, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday said that with limited resources, he'd have to prioritize fighting the disease over helping low-income Ohioans facing increasingly desperate circumstances. Some advocates for the poor said, however, said that is a false choice; that the more unstable vulnerable Ohioans become, the tougher it will be to check the spread of COVID-19.

As Ohio economy reopens, state has no answers for many of the working poor

BY: - April 30, 2020

Cases of and deaths from coronavirus continued to rise in Ohio Wednesday as state leaders begin a phased reopening of workplaces. That leaves low-income workers who are older, have compromised health or who have day care issues with a dilemma: either go back to work and risk getting sick or stay home and lose unemployment […]