"The primary objective of the Community
Development program is to develop viable communities by providing
decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding
economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and
In 1981, Congress amended the Housing and
Community Development Act of 1974 to give each State the opportunity
to administer certain Community Development Block Grant funds,
otherwise administered directly by the Federal Department
of Housing and Urban Development. States are in the best position
to respond to the needs of local governments and oversee the
effective use of funds.
- Formulating community development objectives;
- Deciding how to distribute funds among
- Ensuring that recipient communities comply
with applicable State and Federal laws and requirements.
Local governments have the responsibility
to consider local needs, prepare grant applications for submission
to the State, and carry out the funded community development
activities. The Allen County Office of Community Development
functions as the local coordinator of the application approval
process for these funds. It also aggressively participates
in the retention and expansion of business and industry in
the county to ensure job availability.
- Benefiting low and moderate income persons;
- Addressing slums or blight; or
- Meeting a particular urgent community
Through the activities made available with
Community Development Block Grants, Allen County has made
great strides toward improving substandard dwellings. Homes
have been renovated to safe and healthy conditions made more
affordable to purchase by providing residents with down-payment
assistance. In addition, these funds have served to improve
water and sewer lines, to make street improvements and to
assist public or private nonprofit entities with construction,
rehabilitation and purchase of equipment.
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County along with Hancock County , the City of Findlay , and
Putnam County , intend to apply to the Ohio Department of
Development (ODOD) for funding under the Neighborhood Stabilization
Program (NSP). The State of Ohio was awarded NSP funds by
the United States Department of Housing And Urban Development
(HUD). ODOD developed a plan for distribution of its NSP allocation
throughout the state, in part through establishment of regional
groups of counties and cities. The above named communities
have been designated as Ohio NSP Region 7. A total of $1,125,567
is available to Region 7.
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