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Rep. Russo announces $245 million in funds for COVID-19 related relief

December 15, 2020
C. Allison Russo News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) Monday announced the approval of funds by the state Controlling Board to further aid Ohio’s response to the health and economic hardships caused by the pandemic, as well as programs addressing homelessness and foster care.

“Ohioans are continuing to see an extremely high number of COVID-19 cases,” said Rep. Russo.  “These much needed funds will help address critical needs such as homelessness and foster care, in addition to providing aid to state agencies and programs responding to the pandemic.  Such assistance will help support the health and well-being of Ohioans, especially as we transition into colder weather and closed indoor spaces.  I urge all Ohioans to continue taking precautions and follow best health practices.”

Lawmakers on Monday approved the use of federal CARES Act funds to offset the costs incurred by the following state agencies and programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • $150 million in federal disaster relief to the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety;
  • $22.6 million to the Dept. of Higher Education to aid Ohio’s colleges and universities;
  • $6.2 million to the Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction;
  • $5 million to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office;
  • $2 million to the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources;
  • $1.2 million to the Ohio History Connection to support educational initiatives.

Other notable funding items approved Monday include:

  • $12.6 million to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to fund the Housing Development Assistance Program, $415,000 to the Coalition on Homelessness in Ohio, and $115,000 to the Ohio Community Development Corporation Association;
  • $47 million to the Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services from a federal reimbursement to cover maintenance and administrative costs of foster care.