Congresswoman Beatty Determined to “Move the Needle” on Affordable Housing
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) spent the day highlighting her ongoing work and commitment to making a difference on affordable housing issues in Central Ohio. She kicked the day off with a listening session, hosting national, state, and community leaders to identify priorities, policies, and practices to address the growing cost of renting and owning a home in the Third Congressional District of Ohio. The listening session was followed by a tour of the district, led by The Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, to show these stakeholders firsthand the consequences and history of affordable housing in Central Ohio. Beatty ended the day leading a community conversation to hear the stories of more than 400 constituents in obtaining and living in safe, secure, and stable housing.
Beatty’s ‘Affordable Housing Listening Session’ brought together government agencies, organizations, financial institutions, nonprofits, and community leaders making an impact in their neighborhoods to find workable solutions to expand and improve affordable housing in Central Ohio and across the country.
“We need to make sure hardworking Central Ohioans can afford their rent or mortgage, while also pay their bills and still have money left to save for their future,” Beatty said during the listening session. “All of us have a role to play because that is how we move the needle.
Attendees included officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, City of Columbus, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, The Ohio State University, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Ohio Capital Corporation, Huntington Bank, Columbus REALTORS, Wallick Properties, Woda Cooper Companies, Columbus Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Mid-Ohio, IMPACT, National Church Residences, Homeport, Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, YWCA, Community Shelter Board, Affordable Housing Alliance, Human Service Chamber of Franklin County, Urbancrest Mayor Joseph Barnes, South Central Hilltop Association, and South Linden Area Commission.
In the evening, Beatty hosted her ‘Affordable Housing Community Conversation’ at the King Arts Complex joined by hundreds of constituents and officials from the morning listening session. The event provided Central Ohioans and their families the opportunity to talk with Beatty, housing experts, government officials, and their neighbors about the need for more available, affordable, and sustainable housing. Many constituents shared their struggles with staying in their homes and asked about what was being done at all levels of government to help solve the growing problem.
“We have seen the statistics, but numbers do not tell the story. So, whether you are renting, want to purchase a home, receive rental assistance, or looking for rental assistance, I want to hear from you,” Beatty offered. “It is important for me to not only hear you but to take your story and message to Washington.” She concluded, “I am determined to make change happen, but it requires a movement. We are all in this together.”
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