The City of Piqua and the Miami County Board of Commissioners partnered together this year to submit an $850,000 Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Grant application. We were notified this month by the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development (ODSA, OCD) that our competitive application was funded. Piqua will be receiving $526,000 of the $850,000 for housing improvements for low income households.
The goal of the CHIP program is to preserve and improve the affordable housing stock for low- and moderate- income Ohioans and strengthen neighborhoods through community collaboration.
Per ODSA, we were required to select a target area to focus the CHIP funding. The City selected the Southview Neighborhood and the Historic East Piqua Neighborhood to focus our funding. Should we still have funding available after a year, then we will reach out to other residents in the City. Implementation will begin January 1, 2016 and run through October 31, 2017 or until funding is exhausted.
The City has funding to complete 4 Owner Home Repair Projects; 9 Private Owner Rehabilitation Projects, 2 Rental Home Repair Projects; and 3 Rental Rehabilitation Projects. Please refer to the City’s Community Development web page for a more detailed description of the CHIP eligible activities and target area boundaries. Unfortunately, we have more applicants than we have funding so the City has established a “Priority Rating System” to determine which applicant will receive funding.
The City will be mailing applications out this month to those applicants in our target area. Please contact Nikki Reese, Development Program Manager at 937-778-2062 if you reside in one of our target areas and would like a CHIP application. Applicant selection will be completed in November this year and implementation will begin the first of next year.