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Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $2.5 Million COVID-19 Funding for Youngstown and Akron to Serve Homeless and At-Risk Populations

June 4, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces additional COVID-19 funding from the CARES Act to assist the cities of Youngstown and Akron in serving individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance. The City of Youngstown will receive $657,102, and the City of Akron will receive $1,828,930 in assistance. 

“This funding will help the cities of Akron and Youngstown support our most at-risk residents, especially those with children,” said Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13). “I commend Mayor Brown and Mayor Horrigan for their work to keep residents healthy and safe as we continue to battle this public health crisis. In these difficult times, we cannot forget those who need us the most.”

“These funds are truly what Youngstown needs to assist those who are most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Mayor Jamael Tito Brown. “During the pandemic, we have learned that those who are hardest hit and most vulnerable are those who are transient. These funds will be used to assist those who are experiencing homelessness or receiving homelessness assistance in the City of Youngstown. I want to thank our federal legislators for making sure those who are most vulnerable are supported during the pandemic.”

“Every day our homeless individuals and families worry about where they are going to sleep and get their next meal,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “The coronavirus has added yet another financial strain and layer of concern for Akron families who are at risk of homelessness. The CARES Act ESG funds will provide much needed resources to homeless shelters, providing shelters the supplies and additional staff to provide families with a clean, safe, and healthy place to sleep.”

The money for Akron and Youngstown is part of $2.96 billion targeted toward communities with a high percentage of homeless individuals, who are among the most at-risk groups for the transmission of the coronavirus.