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Brown Urges VA Secretary to Protect Funding For Homeless Veterans

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin urging him to fully reverse a plan to shift funding for VA programs that support homeless veterans. Earlier this month, the VA announced its intent to redirect the funding into a larger pool used by local VA hospitals at their discretion, risking a misuse of funds intended for homeless veterans.

Portman Announces Support for Legislation to Protect Children In Public Housing From Lead Exposure

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced his support for the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act – legislation to protect children in affordable housing from lead poisoning. Lead poisoning disproportionally impacts minority children that live in federally subsidized housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) outdated lead standards and regulations place countless families with children at risk of lead poisoning.

Ohio EPA Seeks Public Comments on Plan Addressing Contamination at Bowling Green Site

The preferred plan to address the former Cooper Tire and Rubber Company property in Bowling Green will be the subject of an Ohio EPA public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green.

Central Ohio Housing Report – October 2017

There were 2760 homes and condos sold during the month of October, which is a 4.4 percent increase over the same month a year ago, although a decline of 2.4 percent from September. This is the highest number of sales on record for the month of October, according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service.

Ohio Home and Auto Insurance Rates Remain Steady

Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment today announced that the average rate changes in 2016 for the top 10 homeowners and private passenger auto insurance groups in Ohio increased 1.9 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively. Ohioans pay among the lowest average insurance premiums for homeowners and auto insurance.

High Standards of Professional Conduct Apply to Insurance Needs of Ohio Home Buyer

Purchasing a home or business property is a time of joy, excitement and inevitably stress generated by the work and by the unfamiliarity buyers have with the layers of demands from loan calculations to insurance commitments being thrust at them. The Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) may help by providing information about the various insurance types and also through its rigorous regulation of insurance agents, Jillian Froment, ODI director, said.

Brown Urges Feds to Release Funds for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Programs

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) this week urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps Ohio’s low-income households and seniors pay energy bills during the cold winter and hot summer months

Portman at PSI Infrastructure Hearing: Permitting Reform Will Create Good-Paying Jobs

U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Chaired by U.S. Senator Rob Portman. Cutting Through the Red Tape: Oversight of Federal Permitting and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council

Central Ohio Housing Report – July 2017

Central Ohio housing inventory continued to increase during the month of July to 5,498, an 8.3 percent increase over June, although still down 14.1 percent from July 2016. This left central Ohio with a 2.0 months supply of inventory at the current sales pace, according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service.

Ashland County Property Receives Environmental Covenant Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program

MCI Service Parts, Inc. has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) after the company investigated and remediated the former Grumman-Flxible property in Loudonville.

Cincinnati Amends Environmental Covenant For MetroWest Commerce Park Property

The city of Cincinnati has received an amended covenant not to sue for the MetroWest Commerce Park property under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) after extending the area around the property where ground water use is restricted.

Brown Meets with Wright-Patterson Commander as Army Awards Contract for Base Construction Project to...

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met with Col. Bradley McDonald, Commander of the 88th Air Base Wing to discuss his continued efforts to support servicemembers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Central Ohio Housing Report – June 2017

Home prices are setting records in central Ohio. The median sales price of a home for the month of June in central Ohio was $192,650 which is up 7.0 percent from last year. The median sales price of a home for the first half of the year is $179,900, which is 6.4 percent higher than the first six months of 2016 according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service.

Reps. Tiberi and Pascrell Introduce Bill to Protect Patient Access to Home Infusion Services

Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced the Medicare Part B Home Infusion Services Temporary Transitional Payment Act. This bill creates a new transitional payment structure for providers of home infusion services before policies signed into law in the 21st Century Cures Act take effect in 2021.

Ohio EPA Schedules Public Meeting to Discuss Former Kilgore Manufacturing Property

A plan to address cleanup at the former Kilgore Manufacturing Property, 400 N. Spring Road, Westerville, will be the focus of an Ohio EPA public meeting set for Mon., July 24, 2017

Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee Hearing on Principles of Housing Finance Reform

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – released the following opening statement at today’s hearing entitled, “Principles of Housing Finance Reform.”

Union County Receives Funding from Ohio EPA to Help Homeowners with Failing Home Septic...

Ohio EPA is helping eligible Union County homeowners repair or replace failing home sewage treatment systems (HSTS) with a $300,000 principal forgiveness loan to Union County Health Department. This state initiative, which is part of Ohio’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF), will improve the quality of life for local residents by eliminating failing HSTS at an affordable cost.

Weiler Grants awarded to Northwest and DKLM groups for their 2017 REALTOR® Care Day...

Columbus REALTORS® is proud to announce that both the Northwest Area Real Estate Association and the Delaware Knox Licking Morrow Suburban Realty Association were awarded REALTOR® Care Day Weiler grants in honor of their 2017 projects

Beatty Tours Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus

On June 19, 2017, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) took a hard-hat tour of the Veterans Memorial and Museum, which is under construction in Columbus, Ohio, with Congressmen Steve Stivers (OH-15). Earlier this year, Beatty, Stivers, and Tiberi reintroduced legislation to designate the Veterans Memorial and Museum as the “National Veterans Memorial & Museum,” H.R. 1900. Following the tour, Beatty issued the following statement

Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Promote Citizen Monitoring of the Lower Great...

Enthusiasts of the lower Great Miami River watershed will have an opportunity to be part of a citizens’ water quality monitoring program thanks to an $18,822 grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). The grant was awarded to Rivers Unlimited – one of eight Ohio communities and organizations to receive a total of $239,941 to support environmental education programs.

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Affordable Housing Out Of Reach for Low-Income Families in Ohio

Report Demonstrates Need To Expand Ohio Housing Trust Fund WASHINGTON, D.C. - (RealEstateRama) -- Ohioans need to earn at least $14.45 an hour in order...

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Brown Urges VA Secretary to Protect Funding For Homeless Veterans

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin urging him to fully reverse a plan to shift funding for VA programs that support homeless veterans. Earlier this month, the VA announced its intent to redirect the funding into a larger pool used by local VA hospitals at their discretion, risking a misuse of funds intended for homeless veterans.