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Home repair funds available to Hancock County residents

Hancock 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 $850,000 in CHIP funding to assist Hancock County residents with home repairs and other services.

The grant will fund 20 home repair and 11 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 Hancock County and the City of Findlay, 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. $55,500 for a family of four).

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.