WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced today (April 1) that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $137,446,209 to Ohio state and community governments as the first allocations of the coronavirus stimulus bill.
The funding will be allocated across the state in the following programs:
- $90,919,075 for Community Development Block Grants;
- $45,617,005 for Emergency Shelter Grants;
- $910,129 for support for Housing Assistance for Persons With AIDS.
Youngstown and Warren will receive $3,154,606 and $702,138.00, respectively.
“This funding is a good first step for Ohioans already hurting from the affordable housing crisis,” Brown said in a news release. “But we need to do more and move quicker to get resources to the people who need help while we fight the coronavirus pandemic.”A recent Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio study, reported by Columbus Business First, suggests that most Ohio communities lack the resources to protect the homeless population from the coronavirus. According to the COHHIO study, only 46 percent of Ohio communities surveyed reported a joint response plan in place to help the homeless population amid the pandemic. Only 22 percent surveyed said they had the resources they need to support homeless communities.