BATAVIA, Ohio (Aug. 18, 2016) – Nine projects throughout Clermont County, totaling $722,000, have been approved for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Funds for the project will begin to flow in six to nine months, according to Sherri Cmar, Grants Coordinator for Clermont County.
The projects include:
- Clermont County Public Health Septic Rehab Program — $150,000. Funding will provide septic system repairs or replacement to approximately seven households.
- Village of Williamsburg Sewer Improvements — $150,000. New sewer lines will be installed for residents with failing septic systems.
- Village of Owensville Cross Street Improvements — $140,000. Cross Street will be widened from 8 feet to 16 feet through Gauche Park Drive.
- City of Milford Riverside Park Improvements — $68,000. Amphitheater will be installed at Riverside Park.
- Community Alternative Sentencing Center Substance Abuse Counseling — $71,000. Drug and alcohol counseling will be provided for approximately 25 people.
- People Working Cooperatively Home Repairs — $50,000. Home repair services, including lead paint remediation, for at least 25 households.
- Clermont Senior Services Home Repairs — $50,000. Accessibility and other home repair services for at least 25 senior households.
- Habitat for Humanity — $28,000. Demolition and clearing of site in Stonelick Township for future single-family home.
- House Opportunities Made Equal — $15,000. Will assist at least 25 families with Fair Housing services.
The CDBG program, administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides grants to cities and urban counties to help spur economic development. The grants are primarily targeted toward assisting low-income families.
Each year, communities in Clermont County apply for grants, which are then reviewed and ranked, Cmar said. This year, all eligible applicants were approved. The Board of County Commissioners then submits the list of projects to HUD for review. HUD then submits the projects to Congress for final approval. Environmental reviews for each project are still needed before the funds are released, Cmar said.