County and city team up for CHIP


It was recently announced that officials with the city of Portsmouth and the Scioto County Commissioners have partnered to apply for available funding under the Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (CHIP) through the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Because of the partnership $850,000 will be available.

Projects that could be considered under the CHIP program include, funding for people living in low to moderate income to do repairs and rehabilitation projects on current owner occupied homes. Eligible could include window and roof replacement, wheelchair accessibility ramps, electrical, structural or mechanical repairs and sewer projects.

According to the Ohio Development Services Agency,The Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Program provides grants to eligible communities interested in undertaking housing-related activities, including necessary infrastructure improvements. The grants are awarded competitively and encourage a flexible, community-wide approach to improving and providing affordable housing for low- and moderate-income persons, and strengthening neighborhoods through community collaboration.

Scioto County Commissioners Mike Crabtree, Doug Coleman and Bryan Davis along with Portsmouth City Manager Derek Allen said they were excited about the partnership and the benefits it will bring to Portsmouth and Scioto County.

According to released information from the commissioners, A community is allowed to submit only one (CHIP) application in any application round and it is for a period of two years. Grants are awarded competitively and encourage a flexible, community-wide approach to improving and strengthening neighborhoods through community collaboration.

By applying for the grant funds together the City of Portsmouth and the Scioto County Commissioners will improve the chances of approval and increase the amount eligible by $50,000 each.

In a released statement Allen along with Davis, Coleman and Crabtree said, “this program is yet another great example of city and county working together to bring prosperity to our community.”

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneAllenPDT on Twitter

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