Columbus, OH – September 10, 2008 – (RealEstateRama) — Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher today announced that 62 communities were awarded more than $30 million from the Community Housing Improvement Program, administered by the Ohio Department of Development’s Community Development Division, to fund home repair, rental rehabilitation, tenant-based rental assistance, down payment assistance, new construction, infrastructure installation/improvement, public service, and planning activities. The grants will assist an estimated 2,778 low- and moderate-income households consisting of approximately 7,500 people, and are expected to leverage more than $27.6 million in private and public dollars. The grants also will enable 19 of the award recipients to construct 29 homes in cooperation with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
“The Community Housing Improvement Program helps Ohioans who are facing hardships when it comes to improving their housing situation and assists in providing guidance to ensure that residents have safe and secure homes,” said Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, who also serves as Director of the Ohio Department of Development. “These funds play a key role in improving the quality of life for Ohioans.”
The Community Housing Improvement Program assists local governments in providing resources that maintain, improve, and expand affordable housing for low- and moderate-income Ohioans. The applications are reviewed using the following criteria: community distress; administrative capacity/past performance; program design/impact; cost effectiveness; leverage; and coordination.
The Community Housing Improvement Program is funded with Ohio Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Ohio Housing Trust Fund dollars.
List of recipients:
FY 2008 Community Housing Improvement Program
The Ohio Department of Development’s Community Development Division administers a variety of state- and federally funded programs that benefit Ohio individuals and families. The Community Development Division coordinates its programs to form a comprehensive strategy to build stronger, healthier communities throughout the state.
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