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

December 15, 2020
Jessica E. Miranda News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) 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.

“Another round of much needed COVID-19 emergency funding has been approved by the state Controlling Board,” said Rep. Miranda. “These emergency funds will be used to help support a variety of programs that Ohioans rely on, totaling nearly 200 million dollars. With aid being allocated to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Ohio Dept. of Higher Ed, and Ohio Dept. of Public Safety. As well as a 40M federal reimbursement to Jobs and Family Services for administrative costs incurred maintaining their Foster Care Programs.”

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.