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Rep. Humphrey announces over $41 million dollars to prepare for Ohio's general election, support community development

May 10, 2022
Latyna M. Humphrey News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Latyna Humphrey (D-Columbus) announced that the State Controlling Board approved $6 million to prepare for Ohio’s general election in November. The funding will be used to print and mail applications for absentee voter ballots, including $1.2 million to cover the cost of postage. 

“During my time in office, I have fiercely advocated for criminal justice reform, fair housing policies, and workforce development. I am proud to announce that the state’s Controlling Board is directing funds toward projects that will help address these issues and serve the people of House District 26,” said Rep. Humphrey. “We still have a lot more work to do, but this is a step in the right direction.” 

Additionally, the Controlling Board has allocated over $35 million to the Department of Development to support community development across the state. $10 million of these funds will go to the Appalachian Regional Commission to continue ongoing efforts to strengthen economic growth in Appalachia Ohio, while $20 million will be allocated to the Community Development Block Grant. Additionally, $10 million will be allocated to the HOME program to assist urban housing development efforts for low income Ohioans. 

Other approved items include:

·  $10 million to the Department of Development to provide financing to small businesses located in designated Ohio Opportunity zones;

·  $10 million to the Facilities Construction Commission to support state agency and institutions of higher education, and K-12 school districts in the design and administration of projects to improve school facilities;

· Over $2 million to the Department of Jobs and Family Services to support unemployment operations;

· Over $1 million to the Department of Natural Resources to pay for increased operational costs related to cooperative wildfire response;

· Over $1.3 million to support halfway houses and nontraditional housing programs.