Directing Expenditure of Fiscal Year 2021 TANF Funds by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
WHEREAS, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (“TANF”) program is a State program of family assistance, which is provided with State and federal funds, authorized under Title IV-A of the Social Security Act; and
WHEREAS, the first purpose of the TANF program is to “provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives”; and
WHEREAS, the second purpose of the TANF program is to “end the dependencies of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage”; and
WHEREAS, the third purpose of the TANF program is to “prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies”; and
WHEREAS, the fourth purpose of the TANF program is to “encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.”
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike DeWine, Governor of the State of Ohio, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution, the laws of this State and in accordance with Sections 5101.80 and 5101.801 of the Ohio Revised Code do hereby order and direct that:
- Up to fifteen million ($15,000,000) to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO). This funding is to provide rapid rehousing to support and assist in securing shelter for homeless individuals or those at risk of becoming homeless through services like rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention services.
- The agency receiving funds as a result of this Executive Order shall comply with all TANF requirements, including reporting requirements and timelines as specified in state and federal statutes, federal regulations, State rules, interagency agreements, and any relevant directives from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
I signed this Executive Order on July 9, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio and it will expire on June 30, 2021.
Mike DeWine, Governor
Frank LaRose, Secretary of State