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Rep. Ingram announces over $99 million for statewide support, including housing assistance and environmental restoration

September 21, 2022
Catherine D. Ingram News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Ingram announced that the State Controlling Board approved over $55 million to the Department of Development to support housing assistance programs throughout Ohio. Funding will be used for rental assistance, housing counseling, homebuyer assistance, handicap accessibility modifications, rehabilitations, home repair and construction for low-income Ohioans. 

“As many Ohioans are currently facing housing insecurity due to rising rent cost and still living in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic it is critical that we are distributing resources to better support our communities ” said Rep. Ingram. 

Additionally, the Department of Natural Resources was allocated an additional $44 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to continue the Division of Mineral Resource Management’s Abandoned Land Mine (AML) Program. Funding will be utilized to investigate, design and construct projects to address the environmental, public health and safety problems related to abandoned mines, such as the restoration of streams impacted by acid mine drainage. 

Other approved items include:

·         $850,000 to the Department of Health to continue providing prevention training and resources to serve youth and families at Boys & Girls Clubs across Ohio;

·         Over $700,000 to the Department of Health for continued support of COVID-19 vaccination distribution; 

·         Over $128,000 from the Department of Health to improve emergency preparedness planning for persons with disabilities;

Over $25,000 to the Department of Education to aid schools and districts in engaging at-risk youth in pathways for career technical education.