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Lake County Grants

While Lake County overall ranks high among Ohio’s 88 counties on several standard of living data measures, 35% of its households meet federal low income guidelines (<80% of the county’s median income).  For those individuals and families, the funding received by the County from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can mean the difference between getting and keeping  adequate housing and becoming homeless.  During the period October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012, this funding, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) dollars, will be used to address our county’s housing and community development needs.  The county’s housing priorities centered on the following:

 

·      Creating and preserving affordable rental and owner housing for all types of low income households.

·      Providing rental assistance for low income rental households.

·    Creating additional shelter opportunities that include related support services for homeless families and individuals.

·    Providing adequate shelter and support services for non-homeless persons with special needs, especially those who are developmentally, physically and mentally disabled; and frail elderly and elderly.

After a competitive application process and holding three public hearings where local residents, businesses and community leaders had the opportunity to weigh in on how funds could best be

used, the following types of housing projects were selected by the Board of Lake County Commissioners to receive funds:

 

·       Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority will receive funding assistance to acquire and rehabilitate  an existing privately owned apartment complex, thus adding  over 20 units of affordable rentals to the county’s housing stock

·    Eligible existing homeowners may receive emergency grants for repairs, including: hot water tanks/furnaces, roof and foundation repairs, and ADA Wheel chair ramps and ADA bathroom renovations to help keep people safe in their homes.

·    Income eligible renter households can get financial assistance with security deposits and rental subsidies to help them obtain or maintain housing.

·    Several public service agencies will receive funding to administer programs.  One such program is Project Hope for the Homeless, Lake County’s only homeless shelter.  This agency  will receive funding to help provide ongoing support services and aftercare for homeless individuals and families

 

Without these federal dollars, Lake County’s low income residents would face severe hardships and possibly be displaced from their home, some even becoming  homeless.   

Learn about all of the housing, community and economic development projects and activities planned for the fiscal year 2011 funds ($1,748,134 in CDBG and HOME funds) in the  complete action plan attached below.

 


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Kay Shaniuk,
Jan 2, 2012, 10:24 AM
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