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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Stark County began participating in the federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program in 1975. SCRPC is responsible for the overall planning and administration of the CDBG program.  The CDBG program aims at developing viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, along with expanding economic opportunities, for persons of low and moderate incomes.  CDBG activities must meet one of the following national objectives:
  1. benefit to low- and moderate-income persons
  2. elimination of slum and blighting conditions
  3. address urgent community development needs
CDBG activities include:
  1. rehabilitation of owner-occupied structures (click here for information regarding the Housing Rehab Program)
  2. public facility improvements such as storm sewers, drainage improvements, water facilities, sanitary sewers, fire protection equipment, etc.
  3. public service activities including hospice care for the terminally ill, senior citizens activities, emergency shelter services, etc.
  4. down payment assistance for low-income homebuyers
  5. addressing the needs of the homeless through a continuum of care
  6. economic development activities
All of the political units, except the cities of Canton, Massillon and Alliance and the village of Hills & Dales, participate in the County's CDBG program.

CDBG-R Program

The CDBG-R program is an additional allocation of CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds that have been allocated under Title XII of Division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-005, approved 

The purpose of The Recovery Act is to “stimulate the economy through measures that modernize the Nation’s infrastructure, improve energy efficiency, and expand educational opportunities and access to health care.”

CDBG-R funds may fund activities that are eligible under the CDBG program; however, priority must be given to projects that can award contracts based on bids within 120 calendar days from the date the funds are made available.

The Proposed Substantial Amendment for this activity has been prepared and approved by the Board of Stark County Commissioners. Public comments will be received until May 29, 2009. Any comments should be sent to: Beth Pearson, Chief of Community Development, Stark County Regional Planning Commission, 201 Third Street NE, Canton, OH 44702.  Click here to view the Proposed Substantial Amendment.

Low-Moderate-Income Block Group Maps 

Stark County CDBG funds must be utilized on projects that benefit low- to moderate-income residents of the political subdivisions that participate in the County's program.  To determine if your infrastructure or public facilities project will meet this criteria, please click on the links below to view township maps which show the eligible low/moderate income block groups in both the township as well as the villages and cities within the township.  This information is based on 2000 census data.  All areas of Stark County participate in the County's CDBG program with the exceptions of the cities of Alliance, Canton, and Massillon and the Village of Hills and Dales.

Reports 

Technical Assistance
SCRPC provides rehab technical assistance (under contract) to the city of Massillon to provide inspection services for the city's housing rehabs program.

FY '13-'14 Stark County CDBG Infrastructure/Public Facilities Improvement Application Process

To start the application process, download the following files:

HOME Program

HOME funding is utilized for the development of housing for low- and moderate income persons/families. Stark County has been designated a Participating Jurisdiction as a designated Consortium under the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) HOME Program. In addition to the political units that participate in CDBG program, the cities of Alliance and Massillon are also members of the HOME Consortium.  Stark County has received funding under this program for housing-related activities since FY 1992.  To date, these funds have been used for the following activities:

  1. owner-occupied housing rehabilitation
  2. first-time home buyers program
  3. tenant-based rental assistance
  4. special needs housing for individuals with disabilities
  5. development of housing for foster children

2014 HOME Program 

Department Notes
The Community Development staff participates in the following local, state and national organizations:

  1. OCCD (Ohio Conference of Community Development) - This is a state-wide organization made up of community development professionals.  OCCD meets to discuss CDBG and HOME funding and programs. (http://www.occd.org/)
  2. Ohio Fair Housing Congress - This state-wide organization meets quarterly to discuss fair housing issues and educate and inform its membership of current fair housing laws.
  3. Stark County Housing Task Force - This local group meets monthly to discuss low-income housing needs in Stark County.
  4. NACCED (National Association of County Community Economic Development) - This national organization deals with the specific uniqueness of counties and how they relate to the CDBG and HOME programs. (www.nacced.org)
Stark County interagency Council on Homelessness (SCICH) - This local group meets to address ways of ending chronic homelessness in Stark County.   

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) 

The Board of Stark County Commissioners has submitted its application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).  The purpose of the NSP program is to redevelop abandoned and foreclosed upon homes and residential properties in targeted neighborhoods.  The application submitted by the Board of Stark County Commissioners identifies the targeted areas and details the types of activities to be undertaken.  The full application in the amount of $4,181,673 can be viewed by clicking the link below.

NSP Application (>14 MB)

Requests For Proposals:

NSP Quarterly Report for January - March, 2014

NSP Housing for sale. View available properties here.

Homeless Programs

Homeless  Prevention  and  Rapid  Re-Housing  Program  (HPRP)  

All funding under this program has been committed and/or expended.  For information on other available rental-assistance resources, please contact United Way at 211. 

Program Information  

On March 19, 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published its Notice for the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP).  HPRP is a formula grant made available to state and local governments utilizing the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) allocation formula.  Stark County is eligible to receive a one-time grant allocation of $589,412.00 to be utilized over a three-year period.

In addition to the County’s eligible allocation, the City of Canton is also eligible to receive $1,183,577, bringing the total eligible allocation for the County to $1,772,289.  Staffs of the Stark County Regional Planning Commission (administering entity for the County’s HUD funding) and the City of Canton have been meeting to collaborate on the program design for use of these funds.  The Stark County Interagency Council on Homelessness (SCICH) has also been involved in the planning process and has endorsed the final plan.

In order to receive funding, a substantial amendment to the Consolidated Plans for both Stark County and the City of Canton must be submitted to HUD.  In accordance with the County’s citizen participation process, the Board of Stark County Commissioners adopted the Proposed Substantial Amendment and on April 27, 2009 advertised to the public information on where to obtain a copy of the proposed amendment.  On May 13, 2009, following the comment period, the Board adopted the final Substantial Amendment.  Click here to view the full Substantial Amendment.

60% of the funding will be allocated to financial assistance, with 75% of those funds for homeless prevention and the other 25% for rapid re-housing.  Another 25% of the total funds will be used for housing relocation and stabilization services, 10% for data collection and evaluation and 5% for administration.

Upon submittal of the final Substantial Amendment (considered the application) being submitted to HUD, a meeting will be held with providers of these services to discuss the local application process.

Downloadable Documents:

Continuum of Care  

Continuum of Care (CoC) application:

The Stock Pile

The Stock Pile is a non-profit building material reuse warehouse started by SCRPC. It stores and sells used and overstock building materials to moderate-low income families and non-profit agencies. Items include doors, windows, paints, light fixtures, appliances, bricks carpet, etc.

It is located at 1387 Clarendon Ave SW Canton.

Click here or call 330-455-4585 for more information. 

For more information on the CD department call (330) 451-7395 (fax 330-451-7491) or send email to Beth Pearson.

 

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