Enterprise’s Ohio team is compiling local, state and national Covid-19 tools and resources for low-income housing and service providers, nonprofits and residents. Our national Covid-19 response page is updated regularly with resources on the CARES Act, state and federal policy advocacy, Covid-19 data analysis and resources.
While the nation focuses on the risk that the deadly coronavirus poses to seniors in nursing homes and cruise ships, there’s another population of extremely vulnerable people that have been largely ignored. Our nation’s subsidized housing is home to almost 2.5 million people age 62 and older with low incomes.
Over the last few days, state and local governments have taken unprecedented measures to protect their residents during the COVID-19 outbreak. Policy makers and elected officials have already proposed and even implemented dozens of measures that place temporary moratoria on evictions and ensure running water and utilities for residents.
On February 5th, the Ohio Lead Free Coalition hosted a lunch and learn event designed to promote a dialogue about the intersection between lead poisoning prevention, public health, and housing quality. The event emphasized the importance of cross-sector advocacy to advance public policy, and was attended by over 100 individuals, including housing developers, affordable housing advocates, public health officials, child health advocates, resident organizations, state housing officials, state health officials, and elected officials including the Ohio House of Representatives, the Ohio Senate, and locally elected officials representing the Cleveland City Council, Columbus City Council, Cuyahoga County Council and other local jurisdictions throughout Ohio.
In Cleveland, Enterprise has worked hard using the Enterprise Rose Fellowship and the Institute, among other powerful tools, to make sure that well-designed affordable homes have ripple effects throughout the community.
Enterprise through the HUD Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing program awarded $565,000 to ten community development corporations (CDCs) and collaboratives throughout Cuyahoga and Franklin Counties. We are excited to be working with these partners who are leading initiatives that create and sustain affordable housing in thriving communities and build opportunity for low- and moderate-income people.
In her 2015 Annual Report to Congress, Nina E. Olson, national taxpayer advocate from the Taxpayer Advocate Service in Washington, D.C. recommended that the IRS solicit comments from taxpayers and tax professionals.