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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced that nonprofit agencies serving low-income communities are now able to apply for federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act grant funding, amounting up to $25 million. Those awarded may use relief funds for unemployment debt or rehiring laid off employees due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Mon, Nov 16, 2020

COLUMBUS —Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron)and State Reps. Allison Russo (D- Upper Arlington), two lawmakers with degrees in public health, today issued a statement following the Wednesday evening address from Governor Mike DeWine.

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Wed, Nov 11, 2020

COLUMBUS – House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and House Democrats 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 COCID-19 pandemic, as well as programs addressing mental health and homeless crises.

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Mon, Nov 9, 2020

Available grants: 

Small Business Relief Grant

  • Designed to provide relief to Ohio business that have been negatively affected by COVID-19
  • $10,000 grants to small businesses to help them through the current crisis 
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Mon, Nov 2, 2020

COLUMBUS— Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Minority Whip Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Assistant Minority Whip Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) issued a statement today in advance of potentially another record-shattering day of COVID-19 cases.

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Mon, Nov 2, 2020
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AKRON – House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) attended the Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) Awards Ceremony on Thursday morning to recognize Valerie Shea, Amanda Jones, Sandra Guess, and Dawn Distler; all employees of the METRO Regional Transit Authority in Akron.

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Fri, Oct 30, 2020

COLUMBUS – House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and House Democrats 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 COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mon, Oct 26, 2020

COLUMBUS— Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement today following a press conference with Governor Mike DeWine and Statehouse Republicans discussing Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Funding.

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Fri, Oct 23, 2020

COLUMBUS—House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced that Senate Bill (SB) 163, legislation creating the Summit Metro Parks license plate, was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine.  

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Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Dear Constituent,                                                                                                                            

Every year, I have recognized October as Safe Sleep Awareness Month by discussing safe sleep practices and delivering onesies to Akron hospitals in partnership with the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA). However, I will approach this annual event differently this year by not visiting the hospitals in person in accordance with safety guidelines. Although I will not be able to physically meet with families and medical professionals this year, I will continue to promote safe sleep practices.

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Mon, Oct 19, 2020