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Norwalk to pursue housing partnership

Cary Ashby • Feb 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Norwalk city council will pursue a housing partnership agreement with Huron County and the city of Willard for the Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program grant.

Council passed the resolution unanimously without any discussion during Tuesday’s meeting. The Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, which administers the grant, will apply in May.

The CHIP program addresses various housing needs of low- and moderate-income residents. There are two components: Home repairs (furnaces, roofs, water heaters and electricity upgrades) and home rehabilitation. 

For the home repairs, there is no re-payment for homeowners. In the home rehabilitation component, homeowners receive a no-interest, deferred loan over five years and only needs to be repaid once the home is sold.

According to the agreement, the maximum CHIP fund request is slightly more than $1 million, with Huron County possibly receiving $400,000, Norwalk $350,000 and Willard $300,000. 

The money runs for the remainder of 2019 through 2021. Norwalk and Willard are the partners while the Huron County commissioners are considered the grantees.

“It’s a two-year grant cycle,” said Terry Jacobs, the housing and energy director for Great Lakes Community Action Partnership. “The county has to apply for the grant; it’s highly competitive.”

The office of community development in the Ohio Development Services Agency receives the money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The state then divides the money to the counties and cities which have been awarded the grant.

In other action Tuesday, council:

• Learned Madison Shullick started her job as the newest Norwalk Police Department dispatcher and there are 12 applicants for the 25th officer.

• Heard from Norwalk Publics Work Director Josh Snyder that the city will apply for a $130,000 state transportation impact district grant for Phase IV of the Old State Road widening/improvement project. The application is due in May. Phase IV, which will cost $400,000, will cover Old State Road from Cleveland Road to Main Street.

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