COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT
(CDBG) FORMULA PROGRAM
The CDBG Formula Program is a
national level program that originates from HUD, the Office
of Housing and Urban Development. HUD allocates a certain
amount of federal funds each year to be distributed
nationally on a State by State basis.
In Ohio, the Ohio Department
of Development Office of Housing and Community Partnerships
(ODOD-OHCP) is the agency in charge of distributing these
dollars to each county and city in Ohio. These funds are
pooled together under the organizational heading of “Block
Grant Funds”, and there are a variety of different Block
Grant Programs at the Ohio Department of Development.
The Wood County Planning
Commission works with the CDBG Formula Program, and program
designed to combat slum and blight and to benefit low to
moderate income geographic areas with public improvement
The Planning Commission has
been the lead agency in administering the program in Wood
County since 1983. Each year a varying amount of funds are
allocated to Wood County to use for this program.
Wood County is able to fund up
to six (6) projects under one grant year. All projects
funded must meet a national objective by benefiting low to
moderate income areas.
The six projects are chosen by
the Planning Commission at their June meeting. These
projects are then forwarded to the Board of County
Commissioners for review and approval. Upon receiving
approval for the projects, the Planning Commission Staff
then puts together an official application to the Ohio
Department of Development. Upon receiving ODOD approval, the
Planning Commission is then free to undertake the projects.
Examples of past projects
include: waterline and sanitary sewer instillation and
repair, curbs and sidewalk projects, ADA renovations to
Village Halls, and numerous other public works projects. For
more information on the program, please contact our Office.
IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (CHIP)
Another HUD based program run
out of the Ohio Department of Development, the Community
Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) is designed to assist low
to moderate income homeowners located in Wood County with
emergency home repairs, home rehabilitation, and down
For the 2005 CHIP Program Wood
County received funding for the first time to assist Habitat
For Humanity on a project house in Wood County.
To qualify for this program
applicants must live within a Wood County township, village,
or within the City of Rossford. Applicants must also qualify
as being low to moderate income households.
For more information regarding
CHIP, please contact:
Wood County Planning
(877) 836-3206 - Toll Free
CHIP TARGET AREA - VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE
The Wood County Planning
Commission works with the Wood County Economic Development
Commission on programs and projects that work to strengthen
Wood County’s Economy.
Two of these programs that
have Planning Commission involvement are the Ohio Enterprise
Zone program, and the Community Reinvestment Area program.
These programs are designed to offer incentives in the form
of reduced taxes to firms and businesses looking to locate
within Wood County.
The role of the Planning
Commission Office in this project is to compile yearly
reports from every firm in Wood County that is taking
advantage of either of these programs and report this
information to the Ohio Department of Development.
NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM (NSP)
The Wood County Planning Commission is
excited to announce that the Ohio Department of Development has
allocated approximately $1.9 million to Wood County, Lucas
County (excluding the City of Toledo), the City of Bowling
Green, and the City of Oregon for use in reducing blight and
stabilizing neighborhoods under the Neighborhood Stabilization
Program. This program is designed to eliminate slum and
blight by giving governmental entities funds to allow them to
purchase foreclosed upon properties and demolish or rehabilitate
This program is not designed as a grant
to prevent foreclosure, funds can only be used to purchase
properties that have already been foreclosed upon. Unlike
other grant programs, individual homeowners cannot apply to
The intent of this program is to reduce
blight by demolishing condemned properties and redeveloping them
for residential use. This program is in its infancy, so
there is limited information available as to how the program
will operate. What is certain is that $1.9 Million will be
shared among the four entities noted above, and it will not and
cannot be used to aid homeowners facing foreclosure.
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