Counties to partner on CHIP application

Funds currently available to assist homeowners

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — Teaming up for the benefit of the communities.

Two years after partnering for the first time on the Ohio Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (CHIP), Gallia and Meigs counties will once again be partnering on the grant application for the program.

Gallia County Commissioners Harold Montgomery, David Smith and Brent Saunders, along with Gallia County Administrator Karen Sprague, met with the Meigs County Commissioners on Thursday as part of the regular meeting for the Meigs County board.

Sprague explained that the counties were once again eligible for the CHIP grant, with the application due the first Friday in May.

The partnership between the counties worked well in 2015, according Sprague and the Meigs County Commissioners.

The counties can each apply for up to $450,000 in funding, meaning a combined $900,000.

In 2015, according to previous Tribune reports, the partnership was awarded $675,000.

After discussion on the program, the Meigs County Commissioners unanimously approved once again partnering with Gallia County on the application.

The application will be handled by Sprague, with public meetings to be held in each county in advance of the application deadline.

The 2015 grant and housing programs were distributed by the Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency. Grants are available for low-income households that are owner-occupied or for first-time home buyers that wish to live in Gallia or Meigs counties.

Households needing assistance can apply for help with home repair. The household in question’s income cannot exceed a maximum income limit. Help is available for things like furnace replacement, electrical repair, roof replacement, handicapped accessibility and correction of other safety or health problems.

As they prepare for the new application, funds are still available from the 2015 program for rehabs of owner occupied homes, as well as down payment assistance for those who meet income guidelines.

Income requirements for the rehab and down-payment assistance programs are as follows: $29,700 for one person; $33,950 for two people; $38,200 for three people; $42,400 for four people; $45,800 for five people; $49,200 for six people; $52,600 for seven people; and $56,000 for eight people.

For more information on the program contact Diana Roush at Gallia Meigs Community Action Agency at 740-367-7341.

Funds currently available to assist homeowners

By Sarah Hawley

Reach Sarah Hawley at 740-992-2155 ext. 2555 or on Twitter @SarahHawleyNews

Reach Sarah Hawley at 740-992-2155 ext. 2555 or on Twitter @SarahHawleyNews