— Increase legal representation for tenants and establishing an emergency help fund;
— Expand the use of landlord-tenant community courts;
— Provide a path for tenants to view and correct screening reports used by landlords.
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The efforts are coming in part because nearly seven % of Ohio’s 1.57 million renter households received an eviction filing in one year. Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Butler, Clark, Marion, and Richland counties had the highest eviction filings rates in the state, according to COHHIO.
Across the nation, 2.3 million eviction filings were made in courthouses in 2016 — a rate of four every minute. An eviction filing makes it extremely difficult to secure future housing, experts say.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley earlier this year announced an Eviction Task Force to address the problem as well.
“Evictions have become a nationwide crisis, including here in Dayton. As our Eviction Task Force continues to look at ways to prevent unnecessary evictions locally, I’m encouraged that Congress is also exploring creative methods to keep people in their homes and promote community stability,” Whaley said.
In Dayton, nearly six of every 100 renter households are evicted each year, which is a higher rate than all but five major Midwest municipalities, according to data from the Eviction Lab at Princeton University.
The six Ohio cities that rank among those with the highest eviction rates: Akron, 6%; Dayton, 5.94%; Toledo, 5.63%; Cincinnati, 4.7%, Columbus, 4.55% and Cleveland, 4.53%.
Hamilton’s eviction rate is 7.6%, Middletown 8.4% and Springfield 5.97%.
According to Portman’s office, median rent payments have risen 61 % since 1960 yet median renter income grew 5%, adjusting for inflation.
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The affordable housing crisis burdens families, the economy, health care system, courts, schools and local governments, according to Portman’s office.