Community Development

Community
DEVELOPMENT


Greene County is committed to building strong community relationships and improving the lives of residents and business owners.

Fair Housing


If you have any questions or inquires regarding fair housing be sure to contact our Community Development Specialist.

Landlord Tenant

Greene County Department of Development cannot provide legal advice regarding Landlord-Tenant issues.  If you have questions about your rights, visit the Ohio Bar Association’s webpage or contact Legal Aid of Western Ohio at 888-531-1432.  Even if Legal Aid cannot assist you, they may be able to refer you.  Also please read the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 5321, Ohio Landlord Tenant Law to learn your rights.

Fair Housing

Fair Housing laws are designed to protect your right to seek housing anywhere you can afford to live. The Fair Housing Act is enforced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Fair Housing Act protects you against violations of your housing rights and prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of:

Ancestry (Ohio Law), Color, Disability, Familial status, National origin, Race, Religion, Sex

The Fair Housing Act
Fair Housing laws are designed to protect your right to seek housing anywhere you can afford to live. The Fair Housing Act is enforced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Fair Housing Act protects you against violations of your housing rights and prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of:

Ancestry (Ohio Law), Color, Disability, Familial status, National origin, Race, Religion, Sex

Legal Discriminatory Practices
The Fair Housing Act also prohibits discrimination in mortgage lending, the sale or rental of real estate, and insurance coverage.  There are many illegal discriminatory practices. However, you have the right to:

Seek housing anywhere you can afford to live
Inspect any apartment or house that is offered for rent or for sale
Be offered the same information, financial and insurance terms, and courtesy as everyone else

Violations
The following are examples of violations of the Fair Housing Act:

– Refusal to rent, sell, negotiate for housing, or otherwise make housing unavailable to certain people
– Setting different terms, conditions, or privileges for the sale or rental of a dwelling
– Denying anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing
– Imposing different terms or conditions on a loan or insurance policy
– Refusal to allow a tenant to make reasonable modifications to his/her dwelling or a common use area, at the tenant’s expense, if modification is necessary for a person with disabilities to use the housing (Where reasonable, the landlord may require the tenant to restore to its original condition when he/she moves out)
– Refusal to make accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services necessary for a person with disabilities to use the housing (for example, an exception to a “no pets” policy, for a tenant with a service/companion animal)

More Information
For further information or assistance, visit:

– The HUD Discrimination Hotline – 1(800) 669-9777 (voice) | 1(800) 927-9275 (TTY)
– The Ohio Civil Rights Commission in Dayton (937) 285-6500 | 1(888) 278-7101
– Greene County Board of Commissioners Resolution

The Greene County Department of Development does not provide down payment, security deposit, or rental payment assistance.  If our office is unable to assist you there are many other agencies and organizations in the area which may be of service to you.

Community Development Block Grant


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program exists to develop viable urban communities in Greene County while expanding economic opportunities for persons of low and moderate income via the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The Community Development Program provides communities with a flexible housing and community development resource that can be used to address locally identified needs that are eligible Community Development Block Grant activities and qualify under the national objective of Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Benefit or Elimination of Slum and Blight. The program includes competitive set-aside funding for Neighborhood Revitalization, Downtown Revitalization and Critical Infrastructure.

Kristie Tidd

ktidd@co.greene.oh.us

937.562.5350

Grant Capabilities

Activities can be found through two types of grant programs

Address the needs of low to moderate income persons or special populations

Aid in the elimination of slums and blight

Create and retain permanent jobs

Further Fair Housing compliance

Provide for the construction, reconstruction, or improvement of public facilities

Revitalize the Central Business Districts of local communities

Activities can be found through two types of grant programs

Allocation

Annually, the County receives funds based on a “formula” used to determine its allocation, which takes into account population, per capita income, and the local unemployment rate. Greene County welcomes non-profits and communities to submit applications for projects during the new funding year.

Competitive

The program includes competitive set-aside funding for Neighborhood Revitalization, Downtown Revitalization and Critical Infrastructure. Neighborhood Revitalization and Critical Infrastructure projects are designed to serve primarily residential populations. Funds cannot be used to support public improvements for future or speculative developments.

BIDDING OPPORTUNITIES

Many projects funded by the Department of Development are awarded to contractors through a competitive bid process. Current requests for proposals (RFP) and bid opportunities are announced by public notice in local newspapers, and can also be found on the Greene County website.

Community Housing Impact and Preservation


The Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) program is designed to provide financial assistance to income-eligible homeowners whose property is in need of repair. The Department of Development partnered with the City of Xenia (www.ci.xenia.oh.us) and obtained a second CHIP grant (FY 14 CHIP) that allows the County to serve the City of Xenia.

The grant will be used for owner-occupied property rehabilitation and home repair with in the county.  These repairs (for example – new furnace, electric upgrades) are eligible for a forgivable deferred loan and funds are now available.   The table below highlights the maximum income limits allowable for your household to qualify.

Development

937.562.5007

2014 Income

These limits apply to our CHIP grants, loans, and programs. Income limits for other programs may be different, depending on the program’s parameters and funding source.

The Greene County Department of Development is not permitted to use its CHIP funding in the City of Fairborn, Residents should contact their community development office to inquire about similar programs. City of Fairborn phone number is (937) 754-3056

FY 2014 Income Limit Area Median Household Income FY 2014 Income Limit Category
Greene County $60,200 Low (80%)
One Person Two Person Three Person Four Person
$33,750 $38,550 $43,350 $48,150
Five Person
Six Person Seven Person Eight Person
$52,050 $55,900 $59,750 $63,600
FY 2014 Income Limit Area
Greene County
Median Household Income
$60,200
FY 2014 Income Limit Category
FY 2014 Income Limit Category
One Person Two Person
$33,750 $38,550
Three Person Four Person
$43,350 $48,150
Five Person Six Person
$52,050 $55,900
Seven Person Eight Person
$59,750 $63,600