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Samantha Walters – Community Development Director

Phone – 330.830.1721     |     Fax – 330.830.1778
swalters@massillonohio.gov
151 Lincoln Way East
Massillon, Ohio 44647

The Community Development Department manages the City's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Massillon receives this funding as an entitlement Community through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Being an entitlement community means rather than having to apply to receive CDBG funding, the City is automatically awarded funds through a formula allocation. Each activity that we undertake using CDBG dollars must meet one of the three National objectives outlined by HUD. The three national objectives are as follows:

  1. Benefit to low- and moderate- income (LMI) persons;
  2. Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; and
  3. Meet a need having a particular urgency (referred to as urgent need).

In addition to the CDBG funding, the City receives HOME Investment Partnership funds as a Stark County HOME Consortium member. For more information on the City's HOME funded programs visit the Housing Department page: https://massillonohio.gov/housing/.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DOCUMENTS

Interested in commenting or receiving information about a current or upcoming program plan? Reach out to Samantha at (330)830-1721 or swalters@massillonohio.gov. We encourage citizens to participate in the planning process, particularly those of low to moderate income. We want to hear from YOU!

Citizens Participation Plan

 

A target area is a Census tract where the housing market is highly challenged. The map below was developed using Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs). QCTs are based on household income data and designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At least 70% of funding each year must go towards serving low-to-moderate income individuals, so several of our program are designed to serve only those residing in these QCTs.

Target Area Map (2019)

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Housing Market Reinvestment Program (HMRP)
 
In 2015 City Council created the Housing Market Reinvestment Program (HMRP). The HMRP is a grant created to encourage homebuyers in the City of Massillon to purchase a home that is either located in the Target Area or a property purchased after previous foreclosure.

Homeowners that have met the criteria listed above are eligible to apply for the HMRP grant each year for 3 years following the purchase of their home. Applications are accepted beginning March 1st of every year, and ending March 31st. Applications received or postmarked after the March 31st deadline will be denied.

Qualifying homebuyers must remain in their home and it must be their primary residence for 3 years following the purchase. The amount of grants will be based funding ability. The maximum grant awarded cannot be greater than $1,000 or amount of property taxes paid, whichever is less.

Click Here to apply online!