Butler County Seeks to Fill Affordable Housing Gap with Annual Federal Funding Allocation

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“The county is continually trying to improve its processes, to really be more productive and efficient for the community,” Boyko said. “The allocation of block grants for community development is no different. With the change in staff, we had a great opportunity to review this process. »

She said they were already too far into the 2022 CDBG schedule to institute anything new, so they decided to let the commissioners make their choice.

With the College Corner water meter project on the table, the most expensive request is $267,750 by the Village of Millville for a drinking water program. According to Village Clerk Holly Todd’s request, the grant would allow them to connect 45 households – about 150 people – to the Southwest Waters Regional District.

“With water runoff issues; the light industrial zoning now in the village and the amount of bacteria and rust in household wells, helping to get clean water has become a priority,” she wrote.

On the HOME front, the largest request is for $355,150, also from the CCR, to build 12 affordable housing cottages in Oxford.

“For years the City Council has championed the development of new housing solutions to meet needs and Oxford Cottage Community is the first of many projects to address the lack of affordable housing in the City of Oxford,” Mindy wrote. Muller, President and CEO of the CCR.

There were 16 applications which are infrastructure type projects like sidewalks, storm sewer repair, drainage, paving and others for CDBG funding. Then there are the standard requests like the $25,000 annual contribution to the County RTA for the Job Connector Shuttle and the Emergency Home Repair and Improvement Programs for supports to encourage families. low income (SELF).

The county is required to give Middletown 36% of HOME dollars because the town does not receive its own federal allocation, so $313,000 will go there. Similarly, Fairfield and Oxford will each receive $131,300 in CDBG dollars for a sidewalk project and College @ Elm Innovation & Workforce Development Center site improvements respectively.

Along with the Oxford cottage request, the commissioners received a $100,000 request from Habitat for Humanity to build two new homes in their Reckford Woods housing estate in Oxford. Neighborhood Housing Services wants a total of $295,000 for their down payment assistance program and to purchase and renovate two vacant or foreclosed homes for LMI families.

Commissioner Cindy Carpenter said she recently met with leaders from several county jurisdictions to discuss affordable housing gaps across the county. She said they needed to dig deeper before choosing where to allocate HOME funding.

“What are the shortcomings. I don’t know why voting on housing will make a difference,” Carpenter said. “I think we need to continue to have these discussions with people across the county like I did a few weeks ago, and clearly understand where the gaps are.”

County Development Manager David Fehr said he would like to have a final decision from the commissioners by April 11, as the HUD program year begins May 1, “we tend to like to put our hands on on the money as soon as it’s available so we can then turn around and distribute it to the community.


MAIN DISTRIBUTORS

The county likes to distribute federal funding so that the same communities reap all the prizes. Here are the major dollar amounts distributed over the past five years:

1. Butler County Care Facility: $890,000

2. YWCA of Hamilton: $448,000

3. CAR: $320,000

4. Township of Fairfield: $235,000

5. Township of St. Clair: $200,000

6. Township of Milford: $190,000

7. New Miami: $173,000

8. Township of Ross: $164,000

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