Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of $35.6 million to purchase rapid COVID-19 testing kits and $8 million from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to support local health departments and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The Controlling Board also approved multiple items to support access to affordable housing, including $36 million for nonprofit homelessness providers and local governments and $1.4 million that will be distributed to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, the Ohio CDC Association, Habitat Humanity of Ohio, and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing.
“In addition to supporting the state’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, it is promising that we are getting funds to nonprofits on the frontlines of reducing homelessness,” said Rep. Miranda. “I look forward to on-going work in the Legislature to address the various challenges still facing Ohioans.”
The Controlling Board approved other measures Monday to support Ohioans, including:
- $24 million to rehabilitate dams across Ohio;
- $9.5 million, through ARPA and the Child Abuse Prevention Act, to confront child and elder abuse;
- $7.5 million over the next two years to conduct home assessments for children in foster care.