Editor’s note: The below story corrects the source of the funding, which is from a package to fund the government signed into law by Biden on March 10. We regret the error.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Congressman Tim Ryan was in Youngstown Monday afternoon to talk about funding coming to the area.
Ryan announced $4.35 million in funding he secured for Youngstown’s South Side.
The federal funding is for three community projects in Youngstown with the fiscal year 2022 government funding package that was signed into law on March 10.
These projects were included in the $18 million in federal dollars Ryan secured for Ohio’s 13th Congressional District.
With several big checks serving as a backdrop, Ryan said money from Washington’s latest spending package will go a long way to help the community.
“We just saw this as a great opportunity to juice up the South Side of Youngstown,” he said.
Of the nearly $15 million earmarked for the Valley as part of last month’s $1.5 trillion package, more than $4 million was set aside for three agencies on the South Side — the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown, the Mahoning Valley Community School and the Youngstown Community Food Center.
Youngstown Community Food Center Director Joe Lordi said the food bank will build a new, larger facility to serve those in need.
“I couldn’t do this without our volunteers that have been with me for a lot of years. We could be an example for every city in the United States,” Lordi said.
Directors with the Boys and Girls Club call the $1.5 million they will receive “transformational” for their facility on Oak Hill Avenue.
“The South Side would become a place to go. Families would have a place to congregate. People would have a place just to go,” said Jim Bird with the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown.
Directors with the Mahoning Valley Community School, which is temporarily being housed inside the old Woodrow Wilson school building, will be using their funding to increase the curriculum and develop a new student program for the students.
While the congressman admits some will refer to the spending as “pork,” he insists he won’t apologize for bringing money back to his district.