Youngstown, Warren Mayors discuss local community issues at White House
Youngstown Mayor, Jamael "Tito" Brown and Warren Mayor, Doug Franklin appeared with several other mayors from across the country at the White House Friday afternoon.
Mayor Brown tells 21 News two major topics discussed today were the spending of ARP funds and addressing mental health in local communities.
"[President Biden] just said to make sure to spotlight what we were doing with those dollars," Brown said.
Brown tells 21 News he and his administration are as transparent as possible when showing how these ARP dollars are being spent in the local community.
"We'll continue doing what we do. We have an ARP committee who reviews and prioritizes the spending of money. We will continue to work with them and City Council," Brown said.
Additionally, Brown tells us he has a media consultant who makes videos of what the money is being spent on. That way, the community has "tangible video" of how the money is being spent.
On the subject of mental health in the community, Brown tells us he's working with mental health partners to address mental health issues locally. Brown says he will continue working with families in the community who have been impacted by grief or trauma.
Additionally, Biden is working with Youngstown Police Chief, Carl Davis to have a "co-responder" come to the scene of someone experiencing a mental health crisis along with police to help with the situation.
Mayor Franklin tells 21 News he also discussed ARP funds, but also discussed infrastructure and economic opportunities in Warren.
"This week for me has been focusing a lot on the public safety aspect of those funds those funds. There are some great opportunities that's going to be available to both Youngstown and Warren and cities across the United Sates. Particularly with the Community Violence Intervention Initiative through the Safer Community Act," Franklin said.