Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $5.87 Million for Summit, Portage, Mahoning and Trumbull Housing Authorities to Respond to COVID-19 | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $5.87 Million for Summit, Portage, Mahoning and Trumbull Housing Authorities to Respond to COVID-19

April 29, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan is today announcing over $5,870,856 in supplemental financial assistance from the recently passed CARES Act for Summit, Portage, Mahoning, and Trumbull Housing Authorities. This funding will support tenant-based rental assistance, prevention assistance, and adequate response assistance in response to the Coronavirus pandemic in public housing located within their jurisdictions.

The CARES Act Supplemental Public Housing Operating Funds program provided the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority with $3,041,113; the Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority received $169,268; the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority received $664,002; and the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority received $968,865. These funds support preventing, preparing, and responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic in public housing.

Additionally, these same housing authorities received Tenant-Based Rental Assistance funds to support and maintain the health and safety of assisted individuals and families, and costs related to retention and support of participating owners. The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority received an additional $653,010; the Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority received an additional $23,866; the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority received an additional $124,506; and the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority received an additional $226,226.

“I am proud to announce this funding that will help our housing authorities take care of their residents, especially those with moderate and low incomes and those with children,” said Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13). “I want to thank the staff at the housing authorities for their commitment to their residents as we face this unprecedented health crisis.”

“AMHA and its staff have remained vigilant in serving the housing needs of the most vulnerable in our community since the onset of COVID-19,” said Brian Gage, the Executive Director of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority. “The supplemental CARES funding allows us to maintain and sanitize our buildings, ensures the safety of our employees, and provide assistance to our resident families as we begin the process of recovery from this health emergency.”          

“I am grateful for the leadership of our legislators to provide financial assistance that allows us to service our low and moderate income residents during these challenging times,” said Jason Whitehead, Executive Director of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority.

“The supplemental operating funds provided under the CARES Act will allow our agency to continue the extraordinary efforts we have undertaken to meet the needs of the families and individuals we serve” said Pamela Nation Calhoun, Executive Director of the Portage County Housing Authority. “Our staff is working diligently to not only continue normal operations but, also to improve the quality of life, health and safety of those we serve. The supplemental operating funds will help expand PMHA’s capacity to continue operating effectively, responsively and efficiently throughout this pandemic.”

“These funds come at a crucial stage for us here at TMHA,” said Don Emerson, Executive Director of the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority.  “This funding allows us to continue to address critical needs to provide for the safety of our employees and our residents at this unprecedented time. Our essential work has continued and the Cares Act funding will allow us to supplement and maintain our operations for the residents of TMHA.”

Ryan voted in support of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act May 27, 2020. Read more here.

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