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Salem lands $500K housing grant

September 15, 2012

SALEM - The city has received a $500,000 Community Housing Improvement Grant (CHIP), Mayor John Berlin said Friday.

The program will be extended from now until October of 2014, according to Marshall Bleckman of Bleckman and Associates, and includes a number of activities to assist low to moderate income home owners, potential buyers and renters.

There is comprehensive owner-occupied rehabilitation to fully rehabilitate and reduce lead hazards in several homes in the designated CHIP area which is bounded by South Ellsworth Ave. on the west and West State St. on the north and the city limits on the south and east.

Low and moderate incomes contain eight categories, for instance a home repair application for one person carries a maximum grant of $18,800 while for four persons it is $26,000; and a rehabilitation application for one person carries cap of $30,050 and for four people it's $42,000.

Bleckman said the target areas are designated by census track and there are a number of those.

Another activity is designed to repair one or two serious concerns in several homes for eligible homeowners throughout the city.

Down payment help is available for home seekers who do not own a home with assistance up to $7,500, with additional follow-up rehab assistance for repairs required to meet the state's standards.

New construction is designed to provide financial assistance for working with the Habitat for Humanity for construction of two, single-family homes.

There is also rental assistance for low income people working through the Columbiana Metropolitan Housing Authority.

People wanting assistance can contact Bleckman and Associates at 330-499-9798. Application related to down payment activity can be obtained from the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County at 330-424-4013.

Application are expected to be mailed beginning on Oct. 1 and repairs scheduled for the spring of 2013.

Larry Shields can be reached at



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