COLUMBUS, OH – February 10, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Director of the Ohio Department of Development, today announced that Habitat for Humanity of Ohio and the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio will receive grants totaling $337,500 through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund Discretionary Grant Program, administered by the Department’s Office of Housing and Community Partnerships.
“We are proud of the work of the Coalition and Habitat for Humanity to improve the quality of life for our citizens,” Patt-McDaniel said. “These grants are important resources that will help these organizations to carry out their missions of ending homelessness and promoting affordable housing throughout the state.”
Habitat for Humanity of Ohio will receive a $200,000 grant to distribute funds to 19 local Habitat affiliates. The affiliates are expected to construct 20 single-family homes, housing approximately 60 individuals. The income of participating families will be at or below 50 percent of the area median income. The benefiting families will also help build Habitat homes. The project is estimated to leverage $1.55 million of local funds, including donations of building material and labor.
The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio will receive a $137,500 grant to continue the Preserving Ohio’s Affordable Housing Project and Youth Empowerment Program by providing at-risk property tenants with access to a toll-free fair housing rights hotline, establishing five tenant organizations, conducting youth trainings and rental rights/fair housing workshops, and coordinating activities with 325 youth and 75 service providers. In addition, Ohio Preservation Network subscribers will receive weekly email updates and housing developers, public officials, and stakeholders will be provided with technical assistance to support housing projects. The project is estimated to assist 1,299 households statewide.
The Office of Housing and Community Partnerships provides financial and technical assistance to units of local government and nonprofit organizations in Ohio for project activities which benefit low- and moderate-income citizens.
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