Monday, November 24, 2008

ODOD awards $3.3 million to Hamilton County for low-income, homeless housing assistance

The Ohio Department of Development's Community Development Division has awarded Hamilton County nearly $3.3 million in grants to assist low-income homebuyers and homeless individuals.

People Working Cooperatively will receive $800,000 in Housing Assistance Grant Program funds, while Working in Neighborhoods will receive $149,900.

These funds, which come from Ohio Housing Trust Fund dollars, can be used for emergency home repair and handicapped accessibility, homebuyer counseling, and downpayment assistance for low-income families and individuals.

Additionally, six local agencies received grants through the Homeless Assistance Grant Program, funded through the Emergency Shelter Grant Program and Ohio Housing Trust Fund dollars:

Funds from the Homeless Assistance Grant Program can be used for homelessness prevention services and assistance, moving people from homelessness to housing, and providing long-term supportive housing to homeless individuals with disabilities.

The grants are part of $27 million awarded by ODOD that is expected to leverage $65.2 million in additional public and private dollars.