The Ohio Attorney General’s office announced grant awards to projects associated with his Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness. The largest of the grant awards, $215,250, was awarded to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to expand the Home For Good rental subsidy to provide permanent supportive housing to persons involved in mental health courts in Ohio.
CSH’s Ohio Director, Sally Luken, co-chairs the AG’s Subcommittee on Housing with Doug Garver, Executive Director of OHFA. CSH was instrumental in preparing the grant application to the AG’s office and helping to make the case that supportive housing can reduce recidivism for persons with behavioral health issues who are involved in the criminal justice system. OHFA is a leader in Ohio in investing in special needs housing and has policy initiatives aimed at helping Ohio assist the most needy with affordable housing opportunities. “ Doug and I are pleased to have the Attorney General’s office join us, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, and the outstanding members of our Housing Subcommittee, in expanding supportive housing opportunities for persons cycling between homelessness and incarceration.
The expansion of the Home For Good rental subsidy program will help local mental health courts have improved outcomes for participants,” said Sally Luken, CSH-OH Director. For more information about CSH-OH’s reentry supportive housing work click here. For the AG’s press release on the awards click here.