Posted March 6, 20204:19 pm
Portman Highlights His Evictions Crisis Act, Bipartisan Legislation to Help Prevent Avoidable Evictions, Reduce Homelessness, and Make It Easier For People to Escape Poverty
CLEVELAND, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered the keynote address at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s 2020 Public Officials Breakfast. Portman highlighted his bipartisan Evictions Crisis Act, legislation to address the national housing crisis that is undermining the efforts of millions of Americans to rise into the middle class. The bipartisan legislation will shed light on the root causes of the eviction crisis, reduce preventable evictions, and limit the devastation to families when eviction is unavoidable. More than 75 national and Ohio based housing, civil rights, and homelessness groups have announced their strong support for the Eviction Crisis Act. Portman is proud Cleveland is just the fourth city in the United States to enact a right to counsel for low-income tenants, and the first city in the country to create this right through a unique public-private partnership between government, Legal Aid, and United Way.
“Today in America, an unexpected illness, a car accident, or a family emergency can lead to a family being evicted from their home and falling into a cycle of poverty that lasts for years. At today’s Legal Aid breakfast I shared about how we can prevent what in many cases are avoidable evictions,” said Portman. “I’ve long worked on efforts to address homelessness and increase the supply of housing and I’m proud of my bipartisan legislation to tackle this very issue. This legislation will help prevent avoidable evictions, reduce homelessness, and make it easier for people to escape poverty by keeping a roof over their heads.”