Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) announced 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.
“This round of funding from the American Rescue Plan is critical in ensuring the safety of homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Many in Central Ohio still do not have a safe roof over their heads, nor financial security to recover from job losses. Our ability to end the pandemic depends on knowing what to do after a known exposure or development of symptoms,” said Rep. Lightbody. “I appreciate the American Rescue Plan Act funds that are available to help Ohioans get back on their feet.”
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;
- $7 million in funds for the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) project in Columbus.