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Home repair funds available to Ottawa County residents

Ottawa County residents 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 $800,000 in CHIP funding to assist Ottawa County residents with home repairs and other services.

The grant will fund 20 home repair and nine 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 of Ottawa County and the City of Port Clinton, 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 covered 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. $50,700 for a family of four).

A portion of grant funds will also be used for repairs for two rental units operated by Ottawa Residential Services, Inc., which provides housing for the disabled, as well as tenant-based rental assistance for 15 Ottawa County residences.

“CHIP funds also support unique community needs to ensure Ottawa County residents have access to safe housing,” Shaver added.

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.