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CLEVELAND, OH – Every day this week, the office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is highlighting key victories for Ohio in the American Rescue Plan, critical legislation that will help Ohio recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, on the final day of the Help is Here Ohio series, Brown’s office is drawing attention to the more than $40 billion in housing assistance secured in the American Rescue Plan. This assistance includes:

·       More than $21 billion for rental and utility assistance

·       $5 billion for emergency housing vouchers

·       Nearly $10 billion for homeowner assistance

·       $5 billion for homelessness assistance and supportive services 

This funding will help keep people in their homes and help secure safe housing for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. It also provides funding for housing counseling.

“Losing a home to foreclosure or eviction turns a family’s life upside down,” said Sen. Brown. “No one should be left without a home, especially during a pandemic. Providing vital homeowner and rental assistance will ensure that families – especially Black and brown homeowners and renters who have been hardest hit by this pandemic – have the tools and support they need to stay in their home.”

Brown has long fought to ensure renters and homeowners can stay in their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He successfully secured $25 billion in rental assistance in the last relief package.