Congressman Tim Ryan Secures Funding for Ohio Blight Removal in Government Spending Bill

Dec 18, 2015 Issues: Education

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan worked with Congressional colleagues and members of the Ohio and Michigan delegations to secure the inclusion of funding to remove blighted, vacant homes in Ohio and in those states affected the most by the recession and foreclosure crisis.

“Whether it is in Youngstown or Akron, Cleveland or Toledo our communities are still recovering from the destruction and devastation of the housing crisis.  I am proud that I was able to help secure these funds that will reinvigorate the neighborhoods that have been hit hardest by long-term blight and decay – creating healthier, more economically competitive and sustainable communities across our state,” said Congressman Ryan.

Congressman Ryan is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and strongly supported this inclusion throughout the negotiation process and in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2016 government funding bill.

In 2015, $13 million was made available from the U.S. Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund for 12 Ohio land banks – including Mahoning, Trumbull, and Stark Counties which will each receive $500,000.  In 2014, $60 million was made available from the U.S. Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund for Ohio – including $4,266,250 for Mahoning County, $3,221,25 for Trumbull Country, and $2,000,000 for Summit County.