The Belmont County Commissioners intend to apply to the Ohio Development Services Agency for funding under the Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (CHIP), a federally-funded program administered by the state. The County, in partnership with the City of Martins Ferry, are eligible for $800,000 of Fiscal Year 2016 CDBG/HOME/OHTF funding, provided the County meets applicable program requirements. On March 7, 2016 the County conducted it first public hearing to inform citizens about the CDBG/HOME program, how it may be used, what activities are eligible, and other important program requirements.
Based on citizens input, local officials and Housing Advisory Committee assessment of the County’s and City’s needs, the County is proposing to undertake the following CHIP activities for Fiscal Year 2016:

Private Owner Rehab $ 504,000 HOME LMI
Home Repair $ 175,000 CDBG LMI
Home Repair (Septic) $ 40,000 CDBG LMI
Admin/Fair Housing $ 81,000 HOME/CDBG LMI

A second public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 3:30 P.M. in the Commissioners’ Office at the Belmont County Courthouse, 101 W. Main Street, St. Clairsville to give citizens an adequate opportunity to review and comment on the County’s proposed CHIP application, including the proposed activities summarized above, before the County submits its application to the Ohio Development Services Agency.

If a participant will need auxiliary aids (interpreter, brailed or taped material, assistive listening device, or other) due to a disability, the courthouse is a handicapped accessible facility. Please contact Rick Healy at (304) 242-1800 prior to May 3, 2016 in order to ensure that your needs will be accommodated. Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to express their views and comments on the County’s proposed CHIP application. Questions may be directed to Rick Healy of the Belomar Regional Council at (304) 242-1800 for those unable to attend.

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