Today, state Senators Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) and Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) sent a letter to Governor Mike DeWine asking his administration to temporarily halt all evictions and foreclosures across the state during the declared state of emergency due to Covid-19.
“Housing insecurity impacts people’s health, safety and education,” they said in their letter. “You have urged Ohioans to Stay Safe at Home—how are Ohioans to do this if they don’t have a home?
The letter comes in response to the expiration last week of the federal moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures. Last week, the legislators gave sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 297, which would prohibit foreclosures and evictions during the declared state of emergency. The bill would allow for exceptions in eviction cases where tenants are the subject of a domestic violence protection order, convicted of domestic violence or are violating a domestic violence protection order.
“We urge you to take action to temporarily freeze all evictions and foreclosures in our state,” they said in their letter. “We believe SB 297 is thoughtful policy your administration could replicate.”
Their letter can be found here