YOUNGSTOWN – Mahoning County commissioners on Thursday allotted $ 1.5 million in CARES Act funds to the Regional Catholic Charities Company to distribute as residential rental help.
Funds are supplied in quantities as much as $ 10,000 per family for residents who meet varied necessities. The CARES Act supplied funding to assist People overcome financial hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Audrey Tillis, county administrator, stated Catholic Charities “did an excellent job” distributing about $ 1 million in CARES Act funds for a similar factor final yr.
It has about 400 individuals on a ready checklist that was created when Catholic Charities distributed about $ 1 million in CARES Act funds final yr, Tillis stated.
Commissioners obtained about $ 6 million in extra funds from the CARES Act late final yr which can be getting used for this system. When Catholic Charities distributes the $ 1.5 million, extra funds could also be distributed to them to proceed this system, Tillis stated.
He stated the aim is to assist about 700 individuals.
Commissioners additionally allotted $ 107,000 to the Youngstown Younger Ladies’s Christian Affiliation to assist 10-20 pregnant girls have protected housing earlier than and after giving beginning. The financing will assist them with lease and utilities.
The YWCA can even companion with Mahoning County Public Well being to assist girls with their well being care, DeAscentis stated.
One of many causes this funding is required is as a result of Mahoning County “is among the highest within the nation when it comes to toddler mortality charge,” stated Anna DeAscentis, county grants supervisor and deputy county EMA director. of Mahoning.
“That is excellent,” stated Commissioner Carole Rimedio Righetti.
DeAscentis stated the one solution to request the funds is to name the Regional Catholic Charities Company in Youngstown. The funds are actually out there for Catholic Charities to rent extra workers to assist run this system, Tillis stated.
Commissioners requested Catholic Charities to rent extra individuals to reply the telephones “so they might transfer these items extra shortly” than final yr, Traficanti stated.
The funds can even pay for beneficiary counseling to assist them plan how you can keep away from issues with their housing and utilities sooner or later, Tillis stated.
Landlords also can apply for the funds for a tenant, Tillis stated.