Williams County, Bryan Team Up To Upgrade Local Housing For Needy

By: James Pruitt

More than 30 housing units in Williams County will be upgraded thanks an expected infusion of federal funding through a state agency.

Representatives of the Maumee Valley North CHIP Consortium intends to apply for funding under the Community Housing Impact & Preservation for Program Year 2016. The federally funded program is administered through the state of Ohio.

The Maumee group will apply to the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development. The local agency is eligible for $800,000 this year. The money runs from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018.

A decision on the application is expected by August.

Williams County hosted a public hearing earlier this year to let people know about the various programs available. As a result of that hearing, the consortium is planning to undertake the following CHIP activities in PY 2016:

Owner rehabilitation – $450,000 – 10 Units – Funds: HOME
Owner Home Repair – $179,000 – 12 Units – Funds: CDBG
Rental Home Repair – $30,000 – 6 Units – Funds: CDBG
New Construction – $20,000 – 1 Unit – Funds: HOME

Habitat for Humanity
Tenant-based Rental Assistance $25,000 – 4 Units – Funds: HOME
Administration and Fair Housing – $96,000 – Funds: CDBG
CDBG-Community Development Block Grant
HOME- Investment Partnerships Program

The goal is to bring housing to code. All aid will be income based, Niki Warncke, senior planner with MVNCC, said.

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