The State of Ohio’s lawmakers recently approved $161 million for rental assistance. However, the groups that provide this cash claim that it won’t be of any use unless Gov. Mike DeWine vetoes the state statute that it is part of.
Ohio Lawmaker’s New Bill
House Bill 45 started as a tax amnesty bill, but on the last night of the lame-duck, meeting legislators added hundreds of amendments. That includes spending nearly $6 billion, much of it from the federal stimulus, including the new funds for rent and utility assistance.
In the WVXU news release, the late amendment stipulates the $161 million for rent and utility assistance can only be for late payments incurred through the end of 2021. The CEO of Cincinnati Community Action Agency, Mark Lawson said that he is excited about the new budget, however, if 2021 is maintained there are precisely zero families that this would assist. Lawson also said that there is an urgent need for tenants who have unpaid rent as of 2022.
Gov. Mike DeWine Support Is In Great Need Of Ohio’s Rent Assistance Bill
For the assurance of the money that is spent. Several groups from throughout the states are requesting that Gov. Mike DeWine line-item veto that portion of the law.
The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio is asking DeWine to make the reform. According to Executive Director Amy Riegel, the modification can make it impossible for the state to satisfy federal spending requirements, which would negatively affect the United States. Treasury Department could distribute the funds to other states. Additionally, DeWine has to sign or veto bills within 10 days of receiving them, not including Sundays or holidays.