Today, Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) issued a statement on the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 57, companion legislation to a bill she sponsored in the House that would exempt Permanent Supportive Housing from property taxes in Ohio. Rep. Hicks-Hudson testified in favor of the legislation Feb. 17.
“This legislation was introduced to fix an omission in the law and now will bring solid legal authority to provide affordable, supportive housing for those facing homelessness due to mental illness. Its passage keeps our promise to the most vulnerable in our society—to connect them with the tools they need to live a better life,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson. “This bipartisan legislation stands as a testament that when we work together and work for you, good government is possible. Ohio’s promise of better lives and brighter futures is for all of us, not just some of us. This bill renews that promise, ensuring the most vulnerable have the support they need not just to survive, but to thrive.”
This legislation would:
· Exempt from property taxation qualifying housing for individuals diagnosed with mental illness or substance use disorder.
· Provide safe, affordable housing with support services for homeless people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders;
· Offer a proven, cost-effective way to combat homelessness and improve health outcomes;
· Lower public costs by reducing use of publicly funded crisis services like shelters, hospitals, psychiatric centers, jails, and prisons.
Permanent Supportive Housing is long-term, community-based housing, which includes supportive services for homeless people with disabilities. This type of supportive housing is meant to enable the special needs population to live as independently as possible in a permanent setting. The supportive services may be provided by the organization managing the housing or coordinated with other public or private service agencies.