The Ohio Department of Development has announced $20 million in funding to 28 communities to improve affordable housing and provide homeownership and rental assistance for low- and moderate-income families.

Galion is one of those communities to benefit from funding.

The Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program partners with communities to preserve and improve Ohio’s affordable housing stock through a variety of housing-related initiatives such as home renovation and repair, rental assistance and more.

“Good housing opportunities are important for quality of life and economic development,” said Governor DeWine. “This funding will support the ongoing work of local communities to strengthen their neighborhoods and give residents access to a variety of housing options.”

“The Ohio economy is growing, and as communities add to their workforce we need to make sure that we are also expanding housing and homeownership,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “These funds are going to help expand family and workforce housing and will serve as a foundation for improving the quality of life in those communities.”

CHIP program grants are funded by the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, and the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Programs.

“Through the work we’re doing with our community partners, we’ve seen just how much of an impact this program can have on the lives of Ohio’s families,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development.

Crawford County will receive a $500,000 grant to rehabilitate nine owner-occupied homes, repair 14 owner-occupied homes, and will include a fair housing component. The county will partner with the cities of Galion and Bucyrus.