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CDBG Emergency Owner-Occupied Home Repair Program

This program is made possible by the federal Community Development Block Grant Program. A grant of up to $15,000 is available per single family owner-occupied home to assist with specific home repairs or activities that eliminate conditions detrimental to the safety and health of the residents. If required, a $300 contingency allowance in the form of a grant can be made available.

For more information, contact: City of Elyria, Office of Community Development at 440-326-1541.

Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program

The CHIP Program provides grants to eligible communities interested in undertaking housing-related activities. The grants are awarded competitively and encourage a flexible, community-wide approach to the improvement and provision of affordable housing for low- and moderate income persons, and help develop local administrative capacity. CHIP funds are provided to eligible communities through the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), Office of Community Development (OCD).

Current CHIP projects can be viewed in the Office of Community Development.

*Application Deadline: March 4, 2022.

Heritage Home Program

The City of Elyria is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Cleveland Restoration Society Heritage Home Programs and Northwest Bank. This new partnership will make available FREE technical assistance and low interest loans to owners of homes 50 years or older in the West By The River Historic District.

The most important feature of the Heritage Home Programs is that it offers FREE Technical Assistance and advice to the owners of houses that are over 50 years old. An employee of Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) will come out and visit your house and evaluate the types of repairs that are necessary and appropriate for the house. The CRS employee will help identify the proper materials to be used for repairs and replacements that will be consistent with the architecture and style of the home.

The free Technical Assistance and advice offered by the Heritage Home Programs is completely impartial and independent. Among some of the other Free services include:

  • Site visits to answer home repair, improvement and maintenance questions
  • Advice about increasing energy efficiency
  • Access to information on qualified local contractors
  • Evaluation of contractor bids and estimates

CRS does not have any products or services that it sells to the homeowners and does not charge the homeowner for the advice. Sometimes CRS may advise the homeowner that replacement products being recommended by salesmen or contractors are not necessary and that simple repairs are all that are needed. CRS can also provide a homeowner with a list of contractors that do the type of work that the homeowner needs. CRS will even review contractor bids and advise the homeowner on the bids. Under this Program, CRS has provided technical advice and assistance to over 12,000 homeowners in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio on projects having a value of over $257 Million.

Another feature of the Heritage Home Programs is its low-interest equity loan program. These loans are made by Northwest Bank to homeowners that are improving their houses as certified by CRS. The interest rate on these loans is a fixed rate of 2.375%/3.065% APR for up to 10 years. Heritage Home Programs loans can be for interior as well as exterior repairs, maintenance, additions and modernization projects. Kitchen and bath remodels are two popular uses of Heritage Home Programs loans. The only things that cannot be done with a Heritage Home Programs loan are luxury items such as swimming pools or hot tubs, and vinyl siding or windows.

The Heritage Home Loan is based on equity in the house. An After-Rehabilitation Loan product is also available. There are no income guidelines, but homeowners must meet Northwest Bank’s standard credit evaluation to obtain a loan. There are no out-of-pocket costs for the loan, no closing costs and no points. The interest from the loan is also tax deductible.

Additional information can be mailed directly to residents’ homes, upon request, by the Heritage Home Program or can be found online at www.heritagehomeprogram.org.

For more information about the program or to schedule a FREE personal appointment with a Heritage Home Program representative please call 216-426-3116 or visit the Heritage Home website at www.heritagehomeprogram.org.  You can also e-mail them at hhp@heritagehomeprogram.org.  

The City of Elyria Mayor’s Office would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Cleveland restoration Society and Northwest Bank for helping to make this program possible. 

ARPA application

Since the first case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was discovered in the United States in January 2020, the City of Elyria has been working tirelessly to respond to the pandemic. By late spring of 2021 we started to see the light at the end of the tunnel and began to focus our efforts on rebuilding our city.

In order to build back better than we were prior to the pandemic we know it will take a collective effort from various stakeholders. We also know that we need new and innovative ideas to solve these new unprecedented problems we face.

We are fortunate that earlier this year, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) act was passed that provided a once in a generation opportunity for us to reimagine our future and have the resources to move in that direction. Though there is much flexibility in the act, there are still parameters for what the resources can be utilized for. We have identified several eligible uses for the funds that align with Elyria’s needs. These areas of focus include Job Training, Entrepreneurship and Business Assistance, Out of school care for youth (childcare, afterschool, and summer programs), Social, emotional, and mental health programs and services, Violence and Crime prevention. These are the identified priorities, this does not limit what we are able to support and provide funding for. We recommend that you visit the US Treasury website for more information about eligible uses for ARP.

Questions should be directed to Community Development at communityservice@cityofelyria.org or call 440.326.1537.

Download PDF ARPA application