COLUMBUS— State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) introduced a bipartisan bill Sunday morning to put a stop to evictions and foreclosures for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.
The bill was written in consultation with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.
“Many people just lost their source of income, and they don’t know how they’re going to pay their rent or mortgage,” said Rep. Leland. “We need to make sure the people of Ohio are safe… at home.”
The legislation also addresses financial difficulties Ohioans may face due to job losses during the emergency and gives them time to fix monetary defaults that occur during the emergency.
“We know that this crisis is going to cause financial hardships for many people in Ohio and we need to craft solutions to help people impacted by job and income loss. These are commonsense measures that will give people time to work out solutions to keep people in their homes,” said Rep. Crossman. “What we learned from the Great Recession is that failing to do enough to keep people in their homes will devastate communities across the state, and we need to do as much as possible to ensure that doesn’t happen again.”
The Ohio House of Representatives is scheduled to convene for the first time since the State of Emergency was declared this Tuesday, March 24.