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Mayor Ginther, Council President Hardin and Councilmember Tyson Announce Funding for Human Services Programs

[COLUMBUS, OH] Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Council President Shannon G. Hardin and Councilmember Priscilla Tyson today announced upcoming legislation to provide $17.2 million in funding for human services organizations that provide programs to increase the resiliency of Columbus residents. Columbus City Council will consider legislation that authorizes CARES Act dollars to fully fund the 44 Human Service Programs that were competitively selected in 2019. The $2.2 million supplements the lost bed tax revenue that usually contributes to human service funding.

"Local government entities have to advocate for our human services providers during this critical time; as they stepped-up and met the needs of residents that didn’t have the resources to provide for themselves during COVID-19," said Councilmember Tyson. "I am pleased that we can provide funding because the sector will need continued support for the foreseeable future in order for their operations to thrive." 

“Now, more than ever, our vision of economic security and resilience for residents requires building a thriving community where individuals and families have access to education, training, living wages, higher paying jobs, financial wellness programs and stable housing,” said Mayor Ginther. “Using CARES Act dollars to invest in these programs will help move toward this vision.”

Additionally, City Council will consider legislation that provides $15 million to human services COVID-19 support grants. The grants will be focused on providing access to residents’ basic needs as well as increasing the capacity of Columbus Human Service providers.

“The demand on nonprofits that help to feed, house, and employ Columbus residents has skyrocketed since COVID-19 reached our city,” said Council President Hardin. “Over the past few months, they have accomplished the herculean task of meeting our community’s needs despite declining revenue. Council is happy to stand with the Mayor to, as many have said before, ‘help the helpers.’”

The City will work to form an external grant review committee that is focused on making sure that there is an equitable distribution of the funding. Grant funding applications will be accepted starting July 1, 2020.

Columbus received $157 million in CARES Act funding from the U.S. Treasury used for expenditures directly related to the City’s response to COVID-19. These funds are being allocated for direct response to COVID-19, human services and economic recovery.