Some agencies that work with low-income Ohioans say a new study shows they’re doing more than just handing out food and other help to people in need. The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies says the study done at Ohio University in Athens shows those agencies dedicate 40% of their funding to programs advance economic development and create jobs. The lead researcher on the study is Robin Stewart , who says that money helps 386 different programs across the state.
The study shows that half of the money put toward economic development goes to infrastructure-related projects, and 34% goes to programs designed to help people get to work and be productive, such as childcare and transportation programs. Ohio’s 50 community action agencies are funded by state and federal dollars to provide services to low-income people and families. This report will be shared with lawmakers and members of Congress, who help determine funding levels for community action agencies.