COLUMBUS - State Senator Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) announced today the release of funds by the state Controlling Board to be used to purchase a new community home in Trumbull County. Released at the request of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), capital appropriations totaling $568,626 will be released, with $225,000 of that money going to purchase a community home at a location in Trumbull County that has yet to be determined.
“I was glad to receive word of the funds made available for another new community home in my district,” said Sen. O’Brien. “There is always more we can do to help those living with developmental disabilities in Ohio, but steps such as this bolster my optimism that the state is attempting to do its part to ensure our friends with disabilities are able to live the fulfilling lives they deserve.”
As the second Controlling Board item in three months to provide benefits to the disabled community in Trumbull County, this release of funds is similar to one from February that provided state dollars to fund the construction of two new community homes.
“While I was disappointed with the DODD’s decision to close the Youngstown Developmental Center last year, it is encouraging to see them now taking strides to increase housing availability in my area of the state,” continued O’Brien. “Developmental disability advocates in the Mahoning Valley are still working to mitigate the damage done by the closing of that facility, but these funds will go some way toward improving the situation in my district.”
In addition to the funding being directed toward Trumbull County, the remainder of the funds released by the Controlling Board on Monday will go to fund DODD Community Assistance Projects in Hamilton, Ottawa, Pike, and Wyandot Counties. The use of these funds is secured by a 15-year participation contract between the funding recipients and the DODD under terms outlined in the Ohio Revised Code.