Ohio’s communities thrive when people are safe, have good jobs and can afford the basics. When families can pay for the basics—like housing, child care, food, and repairs—that spending strengthens the economy and supports local business. When Ohioans can’t afford the basics, the economy slows down. A slow economy harms the local community, including businesses and Ohioans at all income levels who call it home.
The harsh reality for too many workers is that a job does not mean a living. While Ohio’s families are bringing in less money, the costs to support a family – food, housing, child care, health care, education, utilities, and transportation – have gone up. And overall unemployment has fallen in the past few years, there is an economic trend toward more low-wage, part-time and temporary jobs.
New state budget fact sheets highlight how targeted investments in Ohio’s human services programs strengthen families and communities.
- Ensure Older Adults in All Counties are Safe
- Make Ohioans More Competitive: Invest in Programs that Support Work
- Maintain General Assistance to Support Ohioans in Need
- Strengthen Ohio with Healthy Communities
- Increase Access to Affordable, Healthy Food
- Make Affordable Housing a Reality for All Ohioans
- Invest in Ohio Children and Protect Our Future
- Increase Access to Care for Youth Across Systems
- Increase Positive Outcomes for Youth, Families & Communities
- Enable Local Agencies to Serve Ohioans at Home & in the Community
- Safeguard Behavioral Health Service Access & Capacity
- Ensure All Ohioans Have Access to Public Transportation
- Build and Strengthen Ohio’s Direct Service Workforce
Click here for a full list of AOF’s FY 2018-19 state budget priorities.