Letter: Community town hall to focus on affordable housing crisis

From: Jennifer Wells


I am a social worker, a mom, and a lifelong Columbus resident. We in the Columbus area are in a housing crisis. I see every day the fight we’re in for secure, safe and affordable housing. And I’ve experienced this firsthand, when my family nearly became homeless 10 years ago. My husband was injured at work and lost his job, and I lost my job of nearly a decade due to government cutbacks. Then we lost our home. We became renters for the first time, and experienced horrific issues, like the sewer system backing up into the home, with the landlord unwilling to fix it.

Home is supposed to be your refuge. Your safe haven. But for too many families in Columbus, this safe haven has only become more and more out of reach. Almost all of us here have either experienced the housing crisis ourselves or know a friend or family member who has.

I want Columbus to be a place where all families, no matter your background or where you’re from, have a safe, quality place to call home. No exceptions. But it’s going to take all of us coming together as a community to make our collective voices heard and demand better.

Please take action and join us for a community town hall on Thursday, Sept. 22 to share our stories and work with local elected officials to address our housing crisis. We need all hands on deck!

The Columbus Town Hall on our Housing Crisis will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept 22 at First Presbyterian Church. Register at hoosieraction.org/cbus-town-hall.