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beverly lewis

Beverly Lewis, Director

Tel: 330-830-1717 | Fax: 330-830-1778
Municipal Government Annex
151 Lincoln Way East  |  Massillon, OH 44646
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm


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Fair Housing Contact Information

Fair Housing Number: (330) 830-1717

Email: housing@massillonohio.gov

Ohio Relay Phone Number: 711 or 1-800-750-0750

Fax: (330) 830-1778

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary conditions for low and moderate income homeowners by offering fair housing & anti discrimination tenant/landlord services, several housing rehabilitation programs, as well as offering individuals and families a home buyer’s assistance program to help with down payment and closing costs.

FHEO Mission Statement Link

 About Our Program

The City of Massillon operates its own fair housing program which is designed to improve and promote housing opportunities in the community, including education and outreach, monitoring and evaluation, and administration of fair housing laws.

As a HUD based housing program we are dedicated to furthering Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity within the City of Massillon. Our goals and objectives are in line with the Department of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity (FHEO) national objectives of eliminating housing discrimination. We believe that through the promoting of diversity, inclusion, and opportunity that we can strengthen our neighborhoods and communities here within our great city. We adhere to and uphold both federal and State of Ohio Fair Housing and anti-discrimination laws. Please view the links below for additional helpful information:

Our department also addresses tenant/landlord issues, Fair Housing Discrimination Complaints, and conducts periodic workshops and counseling services between the tenant and landlord.

Fair Housing

Housing Discrimination

The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing-related transactions because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or familial status. Many State and Local Laws also prohibit housing discrimination based on several additional protected classes.

The Fair Housing Act applies to a wide variety of housing transactions, including rentals, sales, home mortgages, appraisals and homeowners insurance. Landlords, real-estate agents, lenders, insurance companies, and condominiums, cooperative and homeowners associations must not discriminate because of one’s membership in a protected class.

Housing Discrimination is against the law! The only way to stop discrimination is to report it!

Fair Housing Complaint & Discrimination Forms

Fair Housing Complaint Form

For additional information or questions you may call the City of Massillon Fair Housing number at 1-(330)-830-1717

Housing Programs

Homebuyers Program

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This program is to be utilized by residents wishing to become homeowners but do not have the resources to cover all initial costs, such as down payment assistance or closing costs. To qualify for assistance, the applicant must be a first time homebuyer (as determined by HUD regulations), use the residence as their primary dwelling, and the property being purchased must be in the city limits of Massillon. Household income must be within 80% area median income as stated in the current HUD income guidelines. The property being purchased will undergo an inspection and must meet Residential Rehabilitation Standard (RRS). Applicants are required to participate in a credit counseling session as a condition of assistance being provided. A Lien will be placed on the property to be satisfied after a five year period.

Housing Rehabilitation

 Housing Rehabilitation

The Housing Department operates several different Housing Rehabilitation Programs to help homeowners who live within the city limits of Massillon make needed repairs and improvements on their property to bring it up to local housing code and to ensure decent, safe and sanitary living conditions.

To be eligible to apply, you must be the owner-occupant of a single-family residence for a period of one full year.  Real estate taxes must be current and homeowners insurance must be maintained on the property.

Income cannot exceed 80% of the area median income (AMI) for the Stark County area based on the current U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) income guidelines.

These programs are provided on a one-time only basis and a waiting list may exist as the assistance is contingent upon availability of funds.

For more information on our housing rehabilitation programs please click on the following link: Massillon Housing Rehabilitation Program Link

Housing Events

*At times a waiting list may exist for some of our housing programs.