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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Beatty’s Votes on Coronavirus Response Bills Help Bring $62 Million+ Back to Central Ohio

Apr 7, 2020
Press Release

COLUMBUS, OH—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced that several local community health centers, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), the City of Columbus, and Franklin County have received a total of more than $62 million in federal funds to improve response efforts to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding was made available through the Emergency Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, H.R. 6074, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, H.R. 748, two pieces of legislation supported by U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03). Responding to the announcements, Beatty said:

“As the Representative of Ohio’s Third Congressional District, I am fighting hard to secure the much-needed federal resources to ensure that hardworking Ohioans, families, and small businesses come first during this public health crisis. I was proud to support all three comprehensive COVID-19 response bills, but I am even prouder of the many people in Central Ohio who are working tirelessly on the front lines in the ongoing battle against the virus. The $62 million in federal funds will help my constituents as well as the courageous professionals and dedicated individuals who are saving lives and keeping our country and economy moving forward.”

Funding highlights:

  • $53,174,170 awarded to COTA to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.   
  • $6,744,532 in HUD funds for the City of Columbus to expand permanent and temporary housing for low- to moderate-income persons and people who are homeless.
  • $1,796,385 in HUD funds for Franklin County to expand permanent and temporary housing for low- to moderate-income persons and people who are homeless.
  • $345,226 for OH-03 community health centers (operated by Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Heart of Ohio Family Health Center, Lower Lights Christian Health Center, Inc., and The Ohio State University) to screen and test clients, purchase medical supplies, and improve telehealth services.