Housing Assistance Programs
FY2017 CHIP Grant
The Ohio Development Services Agency recently announced that the CHIP grant application filed by Medina County in May 2017 was approved for funding. As a partner with the County on this application, approximately $386,000 will be available for home rehabilitation and repairs for income-qualified households located in the City limits. Residents in Wadsworth Township will have to apply for assistance directly with Medina County.
FY2017 CHIP UPDATE - 01/04/2018
2017 CHIP Grant Applications are now available for pickup at City Hall.
Application packets can be obtained from the Building & Planning Office (120 Maple Street, 2nd Floor). The 2017 CHIP will provide for two types of assistance - Owner Occupied Rehabilitation and Home Repair:
- Owner Occupied Rehabilitation provides assistance to address building code deficiencies (i.e. substandard conditions) throughout the house. The maximum amount of assistance per household is $36,000.
- Home Repair assistance is used to correct one or two structural or mechanical deficiencies in the house. The maximum amount of assistance per household is $9,000.
Assistance is only for income-eligible, single-family, owner-occupied households. Rental properties, second homes, etc., are not eligible for assistance.
Only one application is required to apply for either Owner Occupied Rehabilitation assistance, Home Repair assistance or both.
For more information, see FY2017 CHIP - Key Points, below.
Applications for Home Repair assistance will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until such time that all funds have been expended.
Applications for Owner Occupied Rehabilitation will be collected and ranked (by housing need, household income) in a series of "rounds". The deadline for the first round of assistance is January 18, 2018.
Applications received after January 18th (as well as those applications received on or before January 18th, deemed income-eligible but not funded in Round #1) will be considered for funding in Round #2. This means that you only need to file an application one time. You will not need to reapply for each funding round.
The actual deadline for Round #2 has yet to be determined. However, each round is expected to take about 10 - 14 weeks, which would place the deadline in late March or early April 2018. Once determined, the deadline will be posted here.
Where to Submit Completed Applications
A key difference between the 2017 CHIP and previous housing grants is that completed applications may not be dropped off at City Hall. Once an application has been completed and all required supporting documentation complied, applicants will need to contact Malinda Freeman at Ohio Regional Development Corp., (phone #330-410-6581) to schedule an appointment to have your application and supporting documents reviewed and verified. The application, list of required supporting documents and filing instructions are included in the application packet.
FY2017 CDBG Allocation Grant
Beginning in 2017 the Ohio Development Services Agency is placing the CDBG Allocation program on a biannual basis. Therefore, the City will not be able to participate for funding until 2018.
General Information (for All Housing Grants)
- Programs funded through the CDBG CHIP and Allocation programs are not "home beautification" programs. The activities that are generally eligible for financial assistance include roof repairs; furnaces; hot water tanks; structural deficiencies (porches, stairs, etc.); electrical panels and plumbing and similar building code violations and threats to safety. Cosmetic improvements (i.e. new cabinets, carpeting, etc.) are generally not eligible for assistance. Each application will be reviewed to ensure that the repairs being requested meet program goals. Rental properties are not eligible for this program.
- Please note that all home repairs and improvements funded through these grants are income-based, and designed to improve housing conditions for low- and moderate-income homeowners. If your household income exceeds the amounts shown on the table for Medina County, you do not qualify for any housing grant assistance.