COLUMBUS — Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and State Senator Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) today joined U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson at the Akron Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina counties.

"This center of hope and healing is a lifeline to survivors of abuse in Medina and Summit counties, and I’m proud of all those in our community who work so hard to provide the safety, hope and respect these survivors deserve," said Obhof. "I appreciate Secretary Carson’s commitment to supporting important local efforts like this to holistically address the needs of any Ohioan that suffers from abuse."

Carson made an announcement today, while visiting the Battered Women's Shelter, awarding $202 million in FY18 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program grants to support new homeless programs across the country. The grant includes nearly $50 million to projects dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking — Ohio will receive $103,524,425.

"Today we make another critical investment to those persons and families living in our shelters and on our streets," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "These new programs will join those already on the front lines in their communities working to end homelessness."

"The consequences of domestic violence are felt in every community in our state, and we need to continue our efforts to help victims get back on their feet and become independent once again," said Roegner. "I am so thankful for the opportunity to join Dr. Carson today to hear the stories of these resilient individuals. I am pleased to see additional funding granted to assist programs like this center who support victims on their healing journey."

The shelter, which has received $1.25 million in funding from the last two state capital budgets, offers survivors of domestic violence a safe place to recover and get the support and resources they need to reclaim their lives from abuse. For more information, visit: https://www.hopeandhealingresources.org.