POMEROY — Meigs and Gallia counties are both in a listing of 26 local organizations through four different agencies where low-income residents qualify to apply for grants to help with the cost of home repairs and/or to receive home buyer counseling.
The Ohio Department Services Agency is granting $5.68 million to support health and safety home repairs, improve handicapped accessibility and provide down payment assistance and home buyer counseling to qualified applicants.
Local agencies in the Appalachian Ohio region receiving grants are as follows: Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District, an award of $500,000 to serve residents in Meigs, Hocking, Athens, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington counties; and the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development, which received $432,000 for use in all 22 counties, including Meigs and Gallia.
The other two grant recipients are the Community Action Program Corporation of Washington and Morgan counties, which received $87,500, and the Jackson-Vinton Community Action Inc., which received $87,500.
Overall grants from the Ohio Housing Assistance Grant Program reportedly will help repair more than 2,000 homes and provide 62 families with down payment assistance or home buyer counseling.
One qualification for assistance is that applicants must be at or below 50 percent of the area median income for home repairs, and at or below 65 percent of the area median income for down payment assistance and home buyer counseling.
The program is funded through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund.