***For Immediate Release ***
October 20, 2021
Katherine Ungar, Policy Associate Alison Paxson, Policy & Communications Associate
Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio
Community Organizations Band Together to Help Families Access, Navigate Expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC)
Non-Tax Filing Families with Low Incomes who did not Receive Federal Economic Impact Payments have until Nov. 15th to use the CTC non-filer portal
COLUMBUS –Through funding from Share our Strength, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio has partnered with eight grassroots community organizations throughout the state to ensure Ohio families and children get signed up to receive the expanded Child Tax Credit before the November 15th Non-Filer portal deadline.
With the deadline for non-filer sign-up through the GetCTC.org/CTCOH simplified tool quickly approaching, advocates are working urgently to assist families in accessing advanced monthly payments to support their children to thrive. The partners will be focusing their efforts working in communities with high numbers of children who may be missing out on their CTC and low-income families who are not required to file taxes and therefore, may not receive the CTC automatically. The expanded Child Tax Credit is a lifeline in helping families meet their basic needs – especially during this time.
CDF-Ohio and its partners will focus their efforts on communities with high numbers of children who may be missing out on their CTC. They will work with low-income families who are not required to file taxes and therefore, may not receive the CTC automatically. The community organizations across the state involved in the partnership include:
- Greater Cleveland Foodbank (Cleveland, Ohio)
- Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (Columbus, Ohio)
- Hola Ohio (Painesville, Ohio and Ashtabula, Ohio)
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Center (Columbus, Ohio)
- Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition (Cleveland, Ohio)
- El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc. (Lorain, Ohio)
- Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (Athens, Ohio)
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Columbus Alumnae Chapter (Columbus, Ohio)
“The CTC, expanded for one year by the American Rescue Plan (ARPA), is a significant down-payment on ending child poverty,” says Katherine Ungar, Policy Associate for Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. “Research shows the payments are already making a difference for Ohio families.