Regional Planning Commission Community Development Block Grant Program
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program aims at developing viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, along with expanding economic opportunities, for persons of low and moderate incomes. CDBG activities must meet one of the following national objectives: 1. Benefit to low- and moderate-income persons; 2. Elimination of slum and blighting conditions; 3. Address urgent community development needs;
Types of eligible CDBG activities include: 1. Rehabilitation of single family owner-occupied housing 2. Public facility improvements such as storm sewers, drainage improvements, water facilities, sanitary sewers, fire protection equipment, etc. 3. Public service activities 4. Economic development activities
All of Fairfield County’s political jurisdictions, except the city of Lancaster, participate in the County's CDBG program.
Fairfield County Participates in Ohio's Non-Entitlement (Allocation) CDBG program. The Allocation program is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. This program is for units of general-purpose local government (cities and counties) that do not participate in HUD's CDBG Entitlement or Urban County program. Funding is made available on a 2 year cycle (Fairfield County funded in even numbered years). In addition, Fairfield County also participates in two competitively funded CDBG programs; the Neighborhood Revitalization Program and the Critical Infrastructure Program. The Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission contracts with the Fairfield County Commissioners to prepare CDBG grant applications and administers the CDBG program on behalf of the County Commissioners. Regional Planning also administers the County's Fair Housing Program.