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Rep. Miranda announces $100 million to help Ohioans pay rent, utility costs amid pandemic

January 28, 2021
Jessica E. Miranda News

COLUMBUS –This week, State Rep. Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) announced the State Controlling Board approved $100 million in federal funds for the state’s Rent Assistance Program to aid Ohioans impacted by the pandemic with financial assistance to pay rent, rent arrears, utilities and home energy costs, and utility and home energy costs arrears.

“These funds will be essential for getting working families hit hardest by the pandemic back on their feet,” said Rep. Miranda. “It is clear that further economic aid will be needed, and this highlights the urgent need to get the COVID-19 health crisis under control.”

The Development Services Agency will award funds to local Community Action Agencies (CAA) according to the low-to moderate-income populations and unemployment rates within each county. Ohioans at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) are eligible for assistance.

Additionally, the Controlling Board Monday approved the transfer of $20.9 million in CARES Act funding to the Department of Health’s 2021 budget to support data analysis, public information about COVID-19 and vaccines, and related critical outreach to Ohio citizens, and other response costs paid by the department. Another $8 million will go to purchase additional PPE equipment to aid the state’s ongoing coronavirus response efforts.