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Behind on Housing and Utility Bills amid Pandemic? 

Toledo Housing Partnership, Pathway, Inc., receives grant to help families

 

TOLEDO, Jan. 27, 2021: As Ohioans continue to struggle with the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio is lending a hand to Pathway, Inc. as it helps Toledo families pay their rent, mortgage, and energy bills amid the coronavirus pandemic. Anthem has given the partnership a $20,000 grant to bolster efforts to fight housing insecurity.

 

“This grant gives 8 families in Toledo more time to stabilize their finances while they recover from the economic impact of COVID,” said Jay Black, Jr., CEO of Pathway, Inc. “Eleven months of economic distress have left many local nonprofits with depleted coffers, making Anthem’s contributions even more valuable.”

 

“COVID has destroyed the housing security of thousands of Ohioans,” added Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. “What many people do not realize is that each eviction often means an entire family has lost its home.  These Anthem funds will help local families during their time of critical need.”

 

The grant is part of a more than $2 million commitment that Anthem and its Foundation have made to support Ohio communities and nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the pandemic.

 

“Addressing housing insecurity remains an ongoing focus for all of us at Anthem, and we are deeply committed to helping families in the Toledo area and beyond recover from the pandemic,” said Dr. Bradley Jackson, Medicaid Medical Director for Anthem in Ohio. “These are challenging times for everyone, including Black, Hispanic, and younger Ohioans, which the pandemic has had an especially harsh impact. Toledo has been especially hard hit by evictions and it’s up to all of us to get through this crisis together.”

 

A survey on housing security by the U.S. Census estimated that one in 10 Ohioans in early December was either behind on rent or mortgage payments or had little to no confidence making next month's payment.

 

In Ohio, housing insecurity is higher than the national average – and the outlook is even worse for Black, Latino, and younger renters. Higher levels of eviction rates have consistently been linked to mental health illness or substance use.

 

 
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