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Community Development Services

The following is a listing of services and programs offered by Community Development section of the Economic Development and Planning Department.

In order to receive Housing and Public & Social Services from the Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department, recipients must reside in Franklin County but outside the Columbus city limits.

For programs with an income-eligibility requirement, recipients must not exceed low-income limits, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For 2011, the yearly household income limits to qualify as “low-income” are as follows:


1 person

$37,800

2 persons

$43,200

3 persons

$48,600

4 persons

$54,000

5 persons

$58,350

6 persons

$62,850

7 persons

$67,000

8 persons

$71,300


Housing

Home Rehabilitation - Single Family Rehabilitation Loans
This program allows income-eligible homeowners to rehabilitate their houses and bring them up to building codes. Repairs may be funded for up to $30,000 in the form of a deferred or forgivable home loan. Loan payment is deferred until the homeowner vacates the house, and is forgivable if the homeowner maintains residency, keeps the house up to code, and stays current on property taxes and home insurance for a prescribed period of time. The prescribed period for maintaining the residence to receive loan forgiveness is 11-20 years, depending on the size of the loan.

Contact
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
111 Liberty Street, Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-228-2663
Website: http://www.morpc.org

Home Rehabilitation - Minor Home Repair Grants
This program provides income-eligible senior and/or disabled homeowners 55 years or older grants for up to $1,000 to rehabilitate their houses from conditions that could threaten their health and safety.

Contact
Economic & Community Development Institute
1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-559-0115
Website: http://www.ecdi.org

Home Rehabilitation - Urgent Repair Grants
The Urgent Repair program provides grants for up to $6,500 to income-eligible homeowners to repair a major failing system in a household that threatens the occupants’ immediate health and safety as well as on-site sewage disposal systems and wells. Grants are also available for architectural modifications to the homes or rental units of handicapped residents.

Contact
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
111 Liberty Street, Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-228-2663
Website: http://www.morpc.org

Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance
The Down Payment Assistance program assists income-eligible first-time homeowners with down payments and closing costs for the purchase of a home in Franklin County (outside the Columbus city limits). First-time homebuyer counseling services are also available through this program.

Contact
Homeport
562 E. Main Street, Suite 201
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-221-8889
Website: http://www.homeport.org

Sewer Tap-In Assistance
Funding is available to assist qualified homeowners in areas included in the Water Quality Partnership to provide sewers to over 1,000 Franklin County residents, and remove these homes from depending on failed sewage systems.

Contact
Franklin County Board of Health
280 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614- 525-3160
Website: http://www.co.franklin.oh.us/board_of_health

Economic Development

Microenterprise Loan Program
This program funds a revolving loan program for low- and moderate-income business owners opening a new or expanding an existing business who employ 1-5 employees. To qualify, the owner-applicant household earnings must not exceed 80% of the area median income. A revolving loan program is also available for businesses to open retails shops in Franklin County’s retail corridors.

Contact
Economic & Community Development Institute
1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-559-0115
Website: http://www.ecdi.org

Microenterprise Development Program
This program is designed to assist low- and moderate-income individuals in Franklin County to develop a comprehensive business plan. The purpose of this program is to start, manage and grow microenterprises that will create products or services and jobs for underserved communities in Franklin County. Activities include: providing one-on-one assistance to beneficiaries to encourage start-up; providing professional one-on-one consulting on business-specific issues and concerns; providing certificates for successful course completion; and providing on-going coaching and mentoring to ensure success.

Contact
Increase CDC, Inc.
3146 Agler Road
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Phone: 614-476-1758
Website: http://www.increasecdc.org

Public & Social Services

MOBILE - Equipment for the Hearing Impaired
This program provides income-eligible hearing-impaired homeowners with adaptive equipment, such as flashing alarms and other systems, to be installed in their residences.

Contact
MOBILE
690 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43206
Phone: 614-443-5936
Website: http://www.mobileonline.org

Lifecare Alliance - Nutritional Program
Funding is provided to Lifecare Alliance to provide nutritional services for individuals and families suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Contact
Lifecare Alliance
1699 West Mound Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
Phone: 614-278-3130
Website: http://www.lifecarealliance.org

Fair Housing Services
Funding is provided to the Columbus Urban League (CUL) to aid Franklin County residents in accessing fair and affordable housing opportunities. CUL provides fair housing services including education, advocacy, testing and enforcement of fair housing law as well as the implementation of the community Fair Housing Plan.

Contact
Columbus Urban League
788 Mount Vernon Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Phone: 614-258-8475
Website: http://www.cul.org

Housing Retention Services
Community Housing Network provides housing retention services to low-income tenant households that have a history of mental illness, addiction and homelessness. Services include: training classes, the monitoring of tenants, financial counseling, conflict resolution, assistance with critical needs, advocacy, and referral to vocational services.

Contact
Community Housing Network
1680 Watermark Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-487-6700
Website: http://www.chninc.org/

Home Furnishings
The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio provides furniture to low-income households moving from difficult situations. Furniture such as mattresses, box springs, dressers, couches, chairs, coffee/end tables, lamps, kitchen tables, kitchen chairs, and miscellaneous household goods are available to qualified individual by appointment and free delivery is available.

Contact
Furniture Bank of Central Ohio
118 South Yale Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43222
Phone: 614-272-9544
Website: http://www.furniturebankcoh.org/

Tool Library
Rebuilding Together Central Ohio provides a mobile tool library to low-income residents seeking tools to make home improvements. The Tool Library loans over 200 different types of and over 4,500 individual hand and power tools to individuals and nonprofit organizations.

Contact
Rebuilding Together Central Ohio
2771 East 4th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Phone: 614-258-6392
Website: http://rtcentralohio.org/

Dress for Success
Dress for Success promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Programs include interview and employment attire assistance, workforce readiness training, and networking opportunities.

Contact
Dress for Success
1204 North High Street

Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: 614-291-5420
Website: http://www.dressforsuccess.org/columbus

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