Funds approved to help end homelessness in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - State Representative Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati) announced the approval of funding for the Ohio House Finance Agency's Capital Funding to End Homelessness in Ohio initiative.

Cincinnati, along with seven other urban Ohio cities, will be eligible to receive funding for local brick and mortar projects.

"Our community is dedicated to eradicating homelessness in Cincinnati and helping people get back on their feet after they fall on tough times," Rep. Mallory said. "But even so, one out of every 79 children in Hamilton County is homeless. New and renovated facilities to house homeless citizens will help get even more kids and families off the streets and on their way to safe and secure living."

Cincinnati - along with Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Dayton, Toledo, Canton and Youngstown – will be eligible for one-time capital funding for area projects.

Cincinnati-area initiatives will be eligible for up to $5 million with a one-to-one funding match.

Projects may include new construction or the rehabilitation of buildings to develop permanent supportive housing, transitional housing or emergency shelters. Funding may also be allotted to projects that renovate and repair existing permanent and transitional housing facilities that serve homeless youth, victims of domestic violence or individuals re-entering the community in recovery from substance abuse and for emergency shelters.

The initiative is projected to fund approximately 50 development and repair projects to benefit approximately 1,500 individuals. OHFA will accept complete applications on a rolling basis through June 30, 2015.

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