COLUMBUS – State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) announced that the State Controlling Board approved $262,500 to support elderly and disabled rental housing programs, as well as $7.5 million to develop community housing for Ohioans with developmental disabilities and $8.4 million to nonprofit agencies that support transitional and permanent housing to help reduce homelessness. Housing security and accessibility has been a key priority for Democrats this session.
“This funding puts Ohioans first,” said Rep. Brent, “access to affordable housing is something most Americans are struggling with right now, and these funds are just one way we are able to provide more support and accessibility to Ohioans and their communities.”
Additional funds being allocated today include $25 million for rental and utility payment relief in order to assist Ohioans facing evictions and economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, $41 million will be allocated to the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services for the federal Family First Transition Act Funding Grant, to promote the well-being of children, youth and families in the foster care system.
Other approved items include:
· $100 million to continue the National School Lunch Program in Ohio schools to ensure every student has access to nutritious meals;
· $3.75 million to operate the Afterschool Child Enrichment educational savings account program that will allow low income families to enroll their children in extended learning opportunities such as day camps, tutoring and field trips.