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For Immediate Release

Hatton Foundation Awards Easterseals $50,000 to Provide Housing Security for Individuals with Disabilities

August 24, 2020

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The Hatton Foundation has awarded Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati $50,000 in grant funding to provide eviction protection and housing assistance services for individuals living with disabilities. The funds will allow Easterseals staff to provide emergency housing stabilization for qualifying individuals and families facing the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“People living with disabilities face far too many barriers to finding affordable, accessible housing even in the best of times,” said Pam Green, President & CEO of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati. “This investment from the Hatton Foundation will provide so much comfort to families during this period of uncertainty, knowing they will still have a place to call home.”

Easterseals staff will work with applicants to explore available sources of funding for long-term housing stabilization. Funds from the Hatton Foundation gift will be granted one time per household for applicants with a verified financial need, such as a loss of income or unexpected medical expenses.

“The Hatton Foundation is proud to work with Easterseals to ensure people living with disabilities and their families have secure housing during this pandemic,” said Steve Scherzinger, President of the Hatton Foundation. According to Walt Lunsford, Executive Director of the Hatton Foundation, “This timely project matches the vision of our founder, Dr. E. Kenneth Hatton, and his work to promote healthy communities.”

For qualifying individuals and families who are currently in housing, the funds may be used for up to one month of rent or one mortgage payment. Funds may be used for a security deposit and first month of rent for qualifying individuals or families experiencing homelessness and will have the ability to cover the cost of future rent payments.

Easterseals will work closely with Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services to find qualifying individuals or families. To request an application for housing assistance, contact Marsha White, Easterseals Financial and Housing Instructor, at 513-281-2316 or mwhite@eastersealsgc.org.

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