Medina County has qualified for an $850,000 state grant to rehabilitate, repair and construct affordable housing for low- to moderate-income residents, as well as provide homeownership and rental assistance.
Wadsworth partnered with the county on the application and will receive $400,000 of the grant.
Medina County will be able to rehabilitate 12 owner-occupied homes and repair 20 owner-occupied homes with the Community Housing Impact Preservation Program grant funds.
Homeowners living inside the city limits are eligible to apply for the grant money in Wadsworth.
For the county loans, residents who live outside the city limits in Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth are eligible to apply.
County Administrator Scott Miller said the grants are highly competitive.
“One problem Medina County has had,” he said, “is the lack of unemployment and the foreclosure rates are too low” to qualify for the grants.
Miller said the grants are for renovations, such as roofs, making homes Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, and repairs (water heaters and furnaces).
Miller said public meetings will be scheduled in December for interested homeowners.
“People can come and learn about the grants and ask questions,” he said. “Applications will be made available through the county’s finance department.
He said he wasn’t sure what the family income level would be to qualify for the grants.
Miller said the county has applied for the CHIP grants every year. He said the county last received the grants in 2015 and 2010.
“It’s a wonderful program,” he said. “We’re looking forward to getting this assistance to those residents that need assistance.”
A spokesman for the city of Wadsworth was not available to discuss the grant Wednesday.
Almost $24 million was awarded to 30 communities through the CHIP program funded by the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs, according to a news release.
“We’re working with communities across the state to improve the quality of life for Ohioans,” David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, said in a statement.
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