Proponents of low-income Ohioans say they are demanding more money to help COVID

Proponents of low-income Ohioans say they are demanding more money to help COVID

Congress as of late allocated more than $5 billion in COVID recuperation funds to Ohio and more than $2.7 billion of it has been saved for supporting the state’s unemployment fund and for security powers statewide. However, advocates for Ohio’s lowest-income citizens say the state ought to be giving them help from the assets as well. Policy Matters Ohio’s Zach Schiller said the state has focused in on taking care of businesses and taxpayers. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, head of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, says food costs have been rising, gifts have been down, there are less drivers to ship food and there are production chain issues.

All of that, she says, ends up costing families more. She’s hoping state lawmakers will dedicate more federal COVID relief dollars to help hungry Ohioans.

“We’ve so far spent a huge portion of our funds to stabilize businesses. We need to spend the remaining funds on those who are most in need,” said Schiller.

The advocates point out other states have used COVID relief money for things like food, housing, and other services that directly help low-income people. And while the advocates don’t have a specific proposal, they say it’s important to listen to those who depend on the human services safety net to determine where to direct the remaining dollars.

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