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OHIO URBAN RESOURCES SYSTEM - Improving The Lives of Ohio's Urban Core

2018 Legislative Reception

The Ohio Urban Resources System (O.U.R.S.) hosted its Annual Legislative Reception, January 24, 2018 at the Hyatt on Capitol Square in recognition of key legislators and members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus.

State Representative Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) received the Oscar Griffin Award from O.U.R.S. for his work on House Bill 123 to reform payday lending and strengthen communities across the state. The award, named after Oscar Griffin, a longtime advocate for action agencies and member of O.U.R.S., is given to a legislator who has shown strong advocacy through legislation and promoting public policy to benefit black communities in Ohio.

“I am truly honored to be a recipient of this prestigious award.,” said Rep. Ashford. “I am determined to continue working with O.U.R.S., community advocates and faith leaders to reform predatory lending, create good paying jobs and ensure low-income communities have the same opportunities to get ahead as anyone else in Ohio. As long as there are families struggling to pay the rent and support their kids, there is more work to do.”

O.U.R.S. is one of Ohio’s leading organizations combatting the cycle of poverty, revitalizing neighborhoods and improving the economic security of low-income families in Ohio.

Rep. Ashford represents the 44th House district, which includes Toledo. He currently serves as a member of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and Ranking Member on the House Public Utilities Committee.