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Rep. Hicks-Hudson testifies on bill to exempt housing for individuals with mental illness or substance abuse disorders from property tax

February 17, 2021
Paula Hicks-Hudson News

COLUMBUS– State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today gave sponsor testimony before the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on House Bill (HB) 71, which would exempt from property taxation qualifying housing for individuals diagnosed with mental illness or substance use disorder.

“The bill is just one creative way to provide affordable, supportive housing for those facing homelessness due to mental illness.  It keeps our promise to the most vulnerable that they also can live, work and thrive here when we, legislators, provide innovative ways to address society's problems.  I am hopeful that this legislation will become law during this 134th General Assembly,” said Hicks-Hudson. 

This legislation would: 

  • Provide safe, affordable housing with support services for homeless people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders;
  • Offer a proven, cost-effective way to combat homelessness and improve health outcomes;
  • Lower public costs by reducing use of publicly funded crisis services like shelters, hospitals, psychiatric centers, jails, and prisons.

The bill now awaits further hearings in the House Ways and Means Committee.