The crippling cut would begin July 1st.
The budget bill containing language busting the Ohio Housing Trust Fund in HALF passed the Ohio Senate yesterday, and the Ohio House of Representatives refused to concur triggering the conference committee process that begins today with the final conference report anticipated mid-next week.
Please call or email your State Representative and State Senator TODAY to ask them to
“Please communicate with your conferees to support the House version (no cut) and oppose the Senate version (50% cut) of the budget bill regarding the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. There’s still time to do the right thing and restore funding to the effective and proven Ohio Housing Trust Fund.”
We ask that you continue these calls into next week while the conference committee meets to iron out differences in the House and Senate versions of the budget. The six members of the conference committee are Representative Ryan Smith (R – Bidwell), Representative Kirk Schuring (R – Canton), Representative Denise Driehaus (D – Cincinnati), Senator Scott Oelslager (R – North Canton), Senator Bill Coley (R – Liberty Township), and Senator Michael Skindell (D – Lakewood).
Here are the contact lists for the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. HERE is a legislative directory complete with emails and twitter handles.
Remember that drastic changes to the Ohio Housing Trust Fund will begin July 1. Without restored funding, all organizations currently funded with Ohio Housing Trust Fund dollars will see dramatic reductions without any clear access to local funds. Please take action today.