Ottawa County gets new funding to aid in housing services

Ottawa County has been awarded $400,000 of Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) funds by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) to provide a variety of housing services to residents.  

The city was selected by ODSA as one of the 2013 local grantees under the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP). The program will be administered by WSOS Community Action Commission Inc., a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Fremont.

This program will allow Ottawa County residents living outside the Port Clinton City limits to access services that include owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, tenant rental assistance and home repairs. Residents eligible for these services must meet income and other requirements.

WSOS partnered with Ottawa County commissioners to make the proposal for the funds and the grant was scored as one of the highest submitted to ODSA. This is the 10th such grant that WSOS and county commissioners have worked on successfully to provide these services to residents. They first collaborated in 1994.

WSOS has a history of developing partnerships with local governments in NW Ohio to secure funds and implement programs aimed at improving the housing conditions of low and moderate income people since 1980. WSOS and its local partners have successfully completed nearly $50 million of housing rehabilitation, repair and other assistance in the last 33 years.

For more information on CHIP, contact Don Corley at 419-334-8911.

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