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STOP THE SPREAD

COHHIO Pandemic Emergency Fund

Ohio’s Stay-at-Home order won’t protect people who have no home.

Over 10,000 Ohioans living in 300 emergency homeless shelters around the state urgently need resources to limit their exposure to the COVID-19 outbreak and prevent it from spreading among residents, staff, and the broader community.

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Emergency shelters operate on lean budgets and are struggling to meet basic needs while trying to prevent the spread of the virus. Our recent report found the vast majority of Ohio’s shelters don’t have enough basic supplies, like diapers, thermometers, cleaning products, cold medicine, hand sanitizer, and soap. They lack crucial space to isolate and quarantine symptomatic clients. They’re struggling with staffing shortages when older employees and parents can’t come to work.

Federal funding is on the way, but it won’t reach Ohio’s homeless shelters until mid-May at the earliest. We can’t wait! Some residents have already tested positive, and shelters desperately need to deconcentrate their facilities now.

COHHIO created the Pandemic Emergency Fund with $500,000 from our own reserves to help local homeless agencies get what they need to provide immediate stopgap assistance to help shelters stop the spread of COVID-19. COHHIO is working with Ohio’s regional homeless systems (continuums of care) to direct your 100% of these funds to local homeless agencies in Ohio that desperately need financial help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Thank you to all the donors who have pledged their support to Ohio’s homeless shelters through the COHHIO Pandemic Emergency Fund:

Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
The George Gund Foundation
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Nationwide Foundation
The Sisters of Charity of Cleveland Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Huntington Bank
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
CareSource
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Ohio
AEP Ohio
Ohio Realtors
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Third Federal Savings & Loan
Buckeye Community Hope Foundation
Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County
Wallick Communities
New Era Benefits Consulting
Ohio Senator Hearcel Craig
The Success Group
RiverHills Bank
National Church Residences
U.S. Bank
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
The Tidwell Group
PNC
First Financial Bank
Neighborhood Development Services
Star Title Company
ORIX Capital Group
Novogradac & Company LLP
Millennia Housing Company
AmeriHealth Caritas

Please support the COHHIO Pandemic Emergency Fund to ensure our frontline responders get the help they need.

The COHHIO Pandemic Emergency Fund is currently accepting applications from Ohio’s emergency shelters and similar congregate homeless programs only. To apply, please contact your local Continuum of Care.

Please complete the PEF Reporting Tool 90 days after all PEF funds are expended.

Questions on reporting and submission of the report should be sent to Amanda Wilson