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Home repair funds available to City of Fostoria, City of Tiffin and Seneca County residents

Residents of Seneca County, City of Tiffin and City of Fostoria may be eligible for free home repairs through the Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through Ohio Development Service Agency, Office of Community Development recently awarded $1.2 million in CHIP funding to assist Seneca County, City of Tiffin and City of Fostoria residents with home repairs and other services.

The grant will fund 32 home repair and 19 home rehabilitation projects, which may include electrical system, plumbing system, HVAC, lead abatement and other repairs or replacements, as well as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) modifications to owner-occupied homes. Administered by WSOS Community Action Commission on behalf Seneca County, City of Tiffin and City of Fostoria, the CHIP program offers eligible lower-income homeowners the opportunity to secure vital repairs to their residences.

Home repairs are provided free-of-charge to eligible homeowners. Home rehabilitations require a 20-percent no-interest deferred loan from homeowners, with the remainder of repairs paid for by grant funds.

“CHIP allows homeowners on a limited income to make needed repairs to improve the safety and security of their homes,” Tiffaney Shaver, WSOS Housing Coordinator, said. “CHIP funds can be used to fix unsafe electrical systems, deteriorated roofs among many other needed repairs.

“Funding also enables us to make ADA modifications to homes, which is a great service to residents who are disabled or have limited mobility,” Shaver added.

To qualify for repair or rehabilitation projects, home owners must be at or below 80 percent of county median income (e.g. $44,500 for a family of four).

The grant will also fund a rental home repair in partnership with Northland Homes, a local housing provider for the disabled, as well as a portion of a local Habitat for Humanity project.

CHIP funds are available immediately. For more information or to apply for repair or rehabilitation services, visit www.wsos.org or call WSOS Community Action Commission at 1-800-775-9767 or 1-419-639-2802.