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Samantha Walters – Community Development Director

Phone – 330.830.1721     |     Fax – 330.830.1778
151 Lincoln Way East
Massillon, Ohio 44646

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/.

Citizens Review Hearing
Friday, September 29th at 2:00pm
Via Zoom


Meeting ID
828 7625 5227

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The City of Massillon, Ohio will be submitting the Departments of Community Development & Housing’s “Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report” (CAPER) Program Year 2022 to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The annual CAPER Report will describe all activities undertaken by the Department of Community Development & Housing for the period of July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

Prior to submitting the CAPER to HUD there will be a 15-day period from September 22 through October 6, for which the public may review and make comments. Written comments will be accepted thru October 6, 2023 until 4:00PM. Submit to the Massillon Community Development Department.

The public may review the CAPER Summary online at www.massillonohio.gov, at the Department of Community Development: located at 151 Lincoln Way East, Massillon, OH 44646 and the Massillon Public Library at 208 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646. Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations should contact the Department of Community Development at 330-830-1721. All citizens are encouraged to participate, particularly low- and moderate-income residents of slum and blighted areas.

View the CAPER newsletter and summary here:




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)


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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!

The City of Massillon’s Codified Ordinances provides the opportunity for interested persons to purchase vacant, city-owned lots within the City of Massillon. The minimum bid price of the lots shall not be less than fair market value which has been determined to be $8.00 per front foot regardless of the size or location of the lot, and shall be paid via a certified check or money order upon acceptance of the bid and approval of the proposed use. The successful purchaser shall agree to maintain the property in accordance with all applicable Health, Building, and Property Maintenance Codes enacted by the City.

Learn more and view available properties here: https://massillonohio.gov/businesses/community-development/properties-for-sale/