City Council hopes to stem the tide of evictions through tenant education

In our recent cover story, we took a look behind Franklin County's eviction rate, which is the highest in Ohio. In the last dozen years, anywhere from 17,000 to 20,000 evictions have been filed annually in the county.

To help educate tenants about the eviction process, City Councilmember Jaiza Page, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus and Columbus Next Generation are hosting a series of eviction workshops that will cover topics like eviction notices, rental assistance programs, tenant rights, landlord responsibilities and escrow services.

The workshops will take place from 4-6:30 p.m. at these locations:

Wednesday, April 11
Ward Family YMCA
130 Woodland Ave.

Wednesday, April 18
Good Shepard Baptist Church
1555 E. Hudson St.

Wednesday, May 16
Columbus Metropolitan Library - Shepard Branch
850 N. Nelson Rd.

Wednesday, June 13
J. Ashburn Center
85 Clarendon Ave.

Wednesday, June 27
Unity Temple Church of God
52 Reeb Ave.

Wednesday, August 8
Liberty Hill Baptist Church
4410 Refugee Rd.

Seating is limited to the first 25 registrations and must be reserved one week prior to the event date. To register, call (614) 259-7069 or email