Emmy Winner To Moderate Homeport 'Town Hall' Program Featuring 'Paycheck to Paycheck' Documentary

Maria Durant, a four-time Emmy Award-winning Reporter for ABC 6 and FOX 28 News, will serve as moderator of Homeport’s upcoming Town Hall-style program on affordable housing featuring the acclaimed documentary “Paycheck to Paycheck.”

Ms. Durant has received numerous Associated Press awards and has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists in addition to her television industry excellence Emmy awards.

She will oversee a panel discussion on April 28 at COSI in downtown Columbus featuring Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben, Todd Tuney, chief of communications and external affairs for Columbus City Schools, and Michael Dalby, President and CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

 Joining the panelists will be Katrina Gilbert, a single mother from Chattanooga, Tenn., and focus of the 2014 Maria Shriver-HBO produced documentary “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert.”

 As a mother of three young children, Katrina Gilbert has lived paycheck to paycheck: overworked; underpaid; uninsured; lacking support. Sadly, her experience is not unlike an estimated 42 million Americans – including thousands of families in Central Ohio. A recent report showed a startling 45 percent of Ohioans lack the financial reserves to stay out of poverty for three months should they lose their job, face a medical emergency, or their car breaks down.

 Homeport is organizing this event to raise awareness to the challenges created by underemployment and the importance of an affordable home as a pathway out of poverty.

Since Homeport’s inception 27 years ago it has approached housing holistically, making sure its residents have access to resources and services like after school instruction and activities, mental health screenings, produce fairs and furniture assistance.

The Paycheck to Paycheck program is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free to attend. COSI is located at 333 W. Broad Street. Registration is on line.