Halt Evictions and Utility Shut-offs in Athens County

Athens County Commissioners, Judge Todd Grace

With the spread of coronavirus, school and business closures and a State of Emergency declared in Ohio, Athens County residents are experiencing loss of income. In the poorest county in Ohio, many people already live paycheck to paycheck. Our residents are facing evictions and utility shut offs due to this crisis, which will put us at increased risk of contracting the virus.

While some utility companies and landlords are offering to halt evictions and shut offs, we cannot depend on the goodwill of property and business owners. We need action from our government to make sure that ALL Athens County residents are protected in our time of need.

To: Athens County Commissioners, Judge Todd Grace
From: [Your Name]

We are demanding the following actions-
1. A moratorium on all evictions
2. A moratorium on utility shutoffs (water, electric and gas)
3. Restoration of the water, electric and gas of clients who have been disconnected in the past 90 days

Other cities and states (including New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and New Jersey) are already responding to the coronavirus emergency with these steps. Let’s make Athens County a model of compassion and action in our region.