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OVH lands $878K in federal, state grants

Andy Ouriel • Apr 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Monday marked a monumental monetary milestone for the Ohio Veterans Home.

Within minutes, state and federal officials representing Erie County announced two separate grants, totaling about $878,500 in state and federal funds, specifically for upgrades at the Perkins Township facility, housing 400-plus beds for war veterans. Ohio Veterans Home spokesman Mike McKinney confirmed the facility secured both grants.

Grant No. 1

•Amount: about $562,700 in federal funds.

•Purpose: renovations to ventilation system.

•Home comment: “This grant, which we applied for, will be a huge assist to the comfort of our residents” McKinney said. “Specifically, the grant will be used to convert OVH’s HVAC system from a four-pipe to a two-pipe system that enables a smoother transition when cycling from heating to cooling or vice versa, which is often necessary in the spring and fall”

•Official helping to secure funds: U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo. “This award will allow the OVH to continue its upgrade to the physical infrastructure” Kaptur said.

Grant No. 2

•Amount: about $315,800 in state funds.

•Purpose: replace 150 electric beds

•Home comment: “We’re constantly working to improve the quality of care for our residents,” McKinney said. “This is an example of those ongoing efforts”

•Official helping to secure funds: State Rep. Chris Redfern, D-Catawba Island. “This is important to the quality of life and comfort of our veterans,” Redfern said. “They have risked their lives to protect our country. The least we can do is provide a safe and comfortable place for them to rest their heads”

At a glance

The Ohio Veterans Home landed about $878,500 in state and federal funds on Monday for upgrades in the Perkins Township facility:

•Grant No. 1: $562,700 in federal funds for renovations to the ventilation system.

•Grant No. 2: $315,800 in state funds to replace 150 electric beds.

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