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Rep. Howse announces $8.8 million ARPA funds to support Ohio's public transportation, response to pandemic

August 2, 2021
Stephanie D. Howse News

COLUMBUS – Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including $7.8 million from the American Rescue Plan to support public transportation’s efforts to connect Ohioans in urban and rural parts of the state to vaccinations. The Controlling Board allocated an additional $919,200 from the American Rescue Plan for the Ohio Arts Council to support the arts sector’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Public transit, Maternal, Child and Family Health, and Youth Services funding in particular—is about access, equity and opportunity. The harsh reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic is still present and wreaking havoc on the everyday lives of Ohioans. There is still more work to be done, but I believe the $8.8 million in American Rescue Plan funds paves the way for Ohio’s children and families to receive the resources needed to pursue their ideals of the American Dream,” said Rep. Howse. 

The Controlling Board approved a number of other measures on Monday, including:

·         $800,000 for six Technology Validation Start-up Fund projects;

·         $120,000 over the next two years for the Bureau of Maternal, Child and Family Health to improve health outcomes for women, infants and children;

·         $451,200 over the next two years for the Department of Youth Services to provide learning services and tools.

Additionally, House Democrats called on Ohio Republicans to expedite the delivery of emergency rental assistance for Ohioans in need, following the expiration of the CDC’s eviction moratorium. The federal government has provided Ohio more than $1 billion for emergency rental assistance, almost all of which has not yet been spent.