Recognizing that housing insecurity intersects with so many other public policy issues, COHHIO has created a new forum advocates of all stripes to share updates on their efforts to improve healthcare, food security, access for people with disabilities, criminal justice reform, children’s welfare, senior services, community development and more.

With over 40 attendees, COHHIO’s most recent Ally Partner Breakfast in January brought all of these issues to the table and more. Some of the topics covered included:

  • SNAP Work Requirements Rule – the implementation of work requirements on Ohio’s food stamp program might be even worse than expected because it could also impact access to healthcare through the state’s Medicaid program.
  • Community Reinvestment Act – the Trump administration’s proposed rules could seriously weaken rules that require banks to invest in under-served communities.
  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing – a proposed HUD rule change would gut anti-discrimination protections by allowing communities to ignore an importance section of the federal Fair Housing Act.
  • SSI/SSDI – another proposed rule change for social security benefits threatens the availability of resources for people with disabilities.

For more information on these issues or to participate in our next Breakfast Break for Advocates on May 15, contact COHHIO Advocacy Director Gina Wilt.