COLUMBUS – State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) announced today that the State Controlling Board approved over $55 million to the Department of Development to support housing assistance programs throughout Ohio. Funding will be used for rental assistance, housing counseling, homebuyer assistance, handicap accessibility modifications, rehabilitations, home repair and construction for low-income Ohioans.
Additionally, the Department of Natural Resources was allocated an additional $44 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to continue the Division of Mineral Resource Management’s Abandoned Land Mine (AML) Program. Funding will be utilized to investigate, design and construct projects to address the environmental, public health and safety problems related to abandoned mines, such as the restoration of streams impacted by acid mine drainage.
“This program will provide employment for current and former employees of the coal industry. I’m glad that Ohio will use these federal funds towards remediation of abandoned mines and reduction of methane emissions,” said Rep. Lightbody.
Other approved items include:
· $850,000 to the Department of Health to continue providing prevention training and resources to serve youth and families at Boys & Girls Clubs across Ohio;
· Over $700,000 to the Department of Health for continued support of COVID-19 vaccination distribution;
· Over $128,000 from the Department of Health to improve emergency preparedness planning for persons with disabilities;
· Over $25,000 to the Department of Education to aid schools and districts in engaging at-risk youth in pathways for career technical education.