FISHER ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $30 MILLION IN HOUSING IMPROVEMENT AWARDS
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FISHER ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $30 MILLION IN HOUSING IMPROVEMENT AWARDS

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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
Award Recipients

County

Adams
Athens
Athens
Athens
Auglaize
Belmont
Belmont
Brown
Carroll
Clark
Clermont
Columbiana
Columbiana
Coshocton
Crawford
Defiance
Fairfield
Fulton
Hardin
Hardin
Harrison
Henry
Holmes
Huron
Jackson
Jackson
Jefferson
Jefferson
Jefferson
Knox
Knox
Licking
Lorain
Marion
Medina
Medina
Miami
Monroe
Morgan
Morrow
Muskingum
Ottawa
Pickaway
Pickaway
Portage
Portage
Portage
Preble
Ross
Ross
Seneca
Seneca
Trumbull
Trumbull
Tuscarawas
Tuscarawas
Tuscarawas
Tuscarawas
Union
Vinton
Washington
Wood

Total

Award Recipient

Adams County
Athens County
City of Athens
City of Nelsonville
Auglaize County
City of Martins
City of St. Clairsville
Brown County
Carroll County
Clark County
Clermont County
City of East Liverpool
City of Salem
City of Coshocton
City of Crestline
Defiance County
Fairfield County
Fulton County
Hardin County
City of Kenton
Harrison County
Henry County
Holmes County
Huron County
Jackson County
City of Wellston
Jefferson County
City of Steubenville
City of Toronto
Knox County
City of Mount Vernon
Licking County
Lorain County
City of Marion
City of Brunswick
City of Medina
City of Piqua
Monroe County
Morgan County
Morrow County
City of Zanesville
City of Port Clinton
City of Circleville
Pickaway County
City of Aurora
Portage County
City of Ravenna
City of Eaton
City of Chillicothe
Ross County
City of Fostoria
City of Tiffin
City of Niles
Trumbull County
City of Dover
City of New Philadelphia
Tuscarawas County
City of Uhrichsville
Union County
Vinton County
Washington County
City of Northwood

Amount

$ 500,000
422,400
215,900
317,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
544,000
476,300
544,000
500,000
544,000
522,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
544,000
400,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
544,000
422,400
500,000
522,000
500,000
418,700
500,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
522,400
500,000
400,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
540,000
494,000
500,000
522,000
500,000
500,000
310,000
434,900
414,900
500,000
544,000
500,000
500,000
344,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
500,000
544,500

$30,007,400

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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