Negotiations on the next coronavirus relief bill have begun, and Ohio’s members of Congress are key to getting Emergency Rental Assistance!

Please take a few minutes to ask Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to co-sponsor the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act.”

And if you know someone living in Kentucky – tell them to call Senate President Mitch McConnell  or tweet your message to @senatemajldr with the hashtag #RentReliefNow


COHHIO’s Emergency Rental Assistance Webinar with National Low Income Housing Coalition CEO and President Diane Yentel


Many of the nearly 1 million Ohioans who have been laid off in recent weeks can’t pay rent and face the prospect of losing their homes in the middle of a pandemic. While eviction moratoriums can help in the short run, tenants are still responsible for paying rent and landlords need that revenue to pay their bills.

COHHIO is advocating for a proposal to be sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. House leaders to include a $100 billion time-limited emergency rental assistance program in the next coronavirus relief bill. Under this proposal, low-income tenants who recently lost their jobs would apply for financial assistance to be paid directly to their landlords. This proposal would allow some arrearages to be covered, as well as rent payments going forward, until reemployment is possible. This will keep tenants stably housed while ensuring property owners can continue operating responsibly.

The next two weeks are critical. We are calling on you for help because so much is on the line for Ohio’s low-wage workers who have lost their income, and Ohio’s communities that are struggling economically.

Please contact your member of Congress today and ask them to support $100 billion in Emergency Rental Assistance because the stability of America’s tenants – custodians, cashiers, retails sales workers, restaurant and hotel workers – will determine the duration and intensity of the economic recession.

Below are some suggestions on what to say when you call. Feel free to contact COHHIO Advocacy Director Gina Wilt with any questions, and let her know who you called so we can keep track.

When these phone calls add up, they really can make all the difference!


  • I’m calling to ask you to please support the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act that Sen. Sherrod Brown is introducing this week.
  • This bill would provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance for low-income renters who recently lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Without emergency rental assistance, millions of tenants will face eviction, and landlords won’t be able to pay their mortgage, taxes and employees.
  • Emergency rental assistance is essential for keeping Americans safely housed, and for stabilizing our economy.
  • Please co-sponsor the Emergency Rental Assistance Act and vote to include it in the next coronavirus relief bill.

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