COLUMBUS – State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) announced that the State Controlling Board approved $320,821 to support first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder arising from their employment. The Ohio Post-Traumatic Stress Fund was created by House Bill (HB) 308 in the 133rd General Assembly, and it is a long-standing Democratic priority that helps pay lost wages and medical costs to public safety officers resulting from disability caused by PTSD.
The Controlling Board also approved $8.4 million in funds to a number of Ohio nonprofit agencies through the Supportive Housing Program, which assists homeless Ohioans in their transition to permanent housing and provides permanent supportive housing for homeless Ohioans with disabilities. The funds will allow over 5,000 people to receive assistance through the program.
“So many Ohioans are currently experiencing homelessness, often due to circumstances out of their control,” said Rep. Galonski. “I am pleased that the Controlling Board has approved this important funding, which will help our most vulnerable community members access safe and secure housing.”
Additional funds being allocated today include $41 million 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. Furthermore, $25 million will be allocated for rental and utility payment relief in order to assist Ohioans facing evictions and economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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;
· $262, 500 to provide assistance to disabled and elderly low-income residents through the Resident Services Coordinator Program which allows those who qualify to obtain benefits and services offered in the local community;
· $7.5 million to develop community housing for Ohioans with developmental disabilities.