Reports this week from Governor Mike DeWine indicate Ohio is set to receive $12 million from a total allocation of $380 million in funding to public housing authorities in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The grants represent two months of additional funding from an initial allocation from the federal Housing and Urban Development and is set to be used for “traditional administrative fees as well as for new costs related to protecting assisted families and employees.”
The dollars have been made available by the CARES Act signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27th. The newly eligible coronavirus-related activities include, but are not limited to:
- Relocation of participating families to health units or other units. This may be for the purpose of testing, hospitalization, quarantine, or transportation.
- Procuring cleaning supplies and/or services needed to ensure safe and sanitary HCV units.
- The cost to retain or increase owner participation in the HCV Program. This includes things such as incentive or retention costs, etc.
- Additional costs to vendors who provide supportive services due to the virus.
- Childcare costs for the children of PHA staff that would not have otherwise been incurred.