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City, County To Allocate CARES Act Dollars For Child Care, Rental And Utility Assistance

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Columbus and Franklin County officials say more than $8 million in federal CARES ACT funding will go to childcare providers to handle new COVID-19 regulations. 

They include reduced teacher-child ratios, smaller class sizes and new sanitization protocols. Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther said providers that serve low-income children in opportunity neighborhoods in Columbus, Groveport, Reynoldsburg, and Whitehall will get the money.

"Childcare centers such as Starting Point on the South side will receive $8,000 per month in assistance," Ginther said. "In-home providers will receive $2,500 per month. These grants will continue for three months. This will impact 433 providers in our community and almost 10,000 children."

An additional $7.4 million will go to low-income people needing rental assistance. The city will also provide about $1 million in utility assistance grants for residents through various social services agencies. The City of Columbus received $157 million CARES Act dollars. The federal funding must be used for expenditures necessary to address public health issues due to the pandemic.  

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. He earned Broadcasting and Journalism degrees from the University of Florida.
Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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