Clermont County selects projects for $1.7 million in housing funds

BATAVIA, OH (July 6, 2023) — Nearly $1.75 million in federal funds have been targeted for a variety of projects to benefit communities and non-profits throughout Clermont County, ranging from home repairs for seniors to a program that teaches about gardening and healthy food preparation.

The Clermont County Board of Commissioners on June 28 selected the 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) projects to be included in the Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

CDBG projects were selected from 2023 CDBG applications as submitted from local jurisdictions and non-profits. Projects were awarded based on the overall benefit to low and moderate income areas and persons.

The Clermont County Department of Community and Economic Development (CED) works with communities to leverage multiple funding sources for their projects, such as CDBG, HOME, Capital Bill Funds, ODOD Demolition Funds, OPWC, FEMA, FAA, OEPA, as well as others.

The 2023 CDBG projects include:

Clermont Senior Services Inc. Home Safety Repair Program: $115,000
Home Repairs for Seniors including accessibility, furnace, plumbing, electrical repairs. Many wheel chair ramps and grab bars that keep seniors living in their homes and damaged floor repairs will be completed. It is estimated that 36 families and over 50 people will be assisted.

Clermont County Community Alternative Sentencing Center (CASC): $71,000
This is the very successful program the Board has funded for a number of years as an alternative to jail for those residents struggling with addictions. This provides much needed counseling and treatment and helps many of our residents turn their lives around.

Clermont County General Health District Homeowner Septic Rehab Program: $100,000
Fund 10-15 septic system repairs or replacements for Low income residents through forgivable loan. The Health Department will combine these funds with WPCLF and H2Ohio funding from Ohio EPA.

Clermont County General Health District Newtonsville Sewer Connection Program: $100,000
Fund 10-15 sewer connections for low income residents through forgivable loan.

Housing Opportunities Made Equal Fair Housing Program: $15,000
HUD required Fair Housing Program. This organization provides fair housing training to groups such as realtors and landlords and assists renters when they have complaints or concerns about their housing situation.

Ohio Township Mt. Pisgah Playground Phase 2: $12,000
Replace outdated playground equipment at Mt. Pisgah Park.

OSU Extension Clermont County Demonstration Gardens/Food Science Lab: $82,000
Construct demonstration vegetable gardens and replace outdated food science kitchen for demonstration of gardening and healthy food preparation to JFS Clients and other low to moderate income persons.

Felicity Franklin PTO Felicity Cool Tools for School: $10,000
Purchase of school supplies for children of needy families including backpacks, binders, pencils. This program was run successfully before but funding has been lost currently for the program. Approximately 300 back packs will be stocked with supplies and additional supplies on hand during the school year.

Streetlight Ministry Homeless Outreach Program: $25,000
Outreach to homeless in form of sleeping bags, meals, clothing, transportation, ID and Birth certificates, and connecting clients with services such as helping them with IDs and Birth Certificates.

Tate Township Parking Lot at Bethel Cemetery/Park: $90,000
Construction of parking lot with paving. Township has provided the gravel base which is installed. The Township has purchased additional land adjacent for a park and plans for trails.

Wayne Township Former Newtonsville School Roof: $70,000
Pay 70% of Roof for building up to maximum of $70,000. The building houses two non-profit food pantries that serve the LMI community.

Williamsburg Township Emergency Service Building Upgrades: $147,000
Upgrade outdated and dangerous electric system in building to operate while on backup generator already purchased. Switch electric from 3 phase to 1 phase.3 new HVAC Units that operate on 1 phase electric. Update Kitchen for EMS/ Fire employees.

Clermont County Community and Economic Development (CED) planning and administration of grants: $189,469

The 2023  HOME projects include:

Clermont Housing Corporation (CMHA) Veterans Village Housing Project: $640,000

Clermont County Community and Economic Development (CED) planning and administration of grants: $70,000

Clermont County Community and Economic Development (CED) activity delivery: $40,000