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Rep. Sykes announces over $99 million for statewide support, including housing assistance and environmental restoration

September 21, 2022
Emilia Strong Sykes News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced today that the State Controlling Board this week approved over $55 million to the Department of Development to support housing assistance programs throughout Ohio. Funding will be used for rental assistance, housing counseling, homebuyer assistance, handicap accessibility modifications, rehabilitations, home repair and construction for low-income Ohioans. 

“As we continue to look for solutions to address the needs of our communities, I am pleased to announce funding that will help Ohioans secure safe housing,” said Rep. Sykes, “Stable and affordable housing continues to be a top issue among my constituents, so this funding will help ease this burden and allow more people to live their American Dream here.”

Additionally, the Department of Natural Resources was allocated an additional $44 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to continue the Division of Mineral Resource Management’s Abandoned Land Mine (AML) Program. Funding will be utilized to investigate, design and construct projects to address the environmental, public health and safety problems related to abandoned mines, such as the restoration of streams impacted by acid mine drainage. 

Other approved items include:

·         $850,000 to the Department of Health to continue providing prevention training and resources to serve youth and families at Boys & Girls Clubs across Ohio;

·         Over $700,000 to the Department of Health for continued support of COVID-19 vaccination distribution; 

·         Over $128,000 from the Department of Health to improve emergency preparedness planning for persons with disabilities;

Over $25,000 to the Department of Education to aid schools and districts in engaging at-risk youth in pathways for career technical education.