The American Rescue Plan (ARPA) and other federal Covid response legislation created new resources that local advocates can use to address homelessness and housing insecurity in their communities.

ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Funds are the largest source of new flexible resources that can be used for a wide variety of things, including creating affordable housing, providing homelessness services, supporting eviction diversion programs, funding local home repair programs, and other housing services.

Ohio’s 88 counties received a total of $2.27 billion in ARPA fiscal recovery funds, and cities received $2.24 billion. While local governments have spent some of their Recovery Funds, much remains unspent as of spring of 2022.

States also received ARPA fiscal recovery funds. COHHIO is actively advocating for a plan to invest $308 million on affordable housing, and we encourage local advocates to promote similar proposals with their city and county leaders.

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