Lorain County Launches Preservation Programs to Enhance Homeownership

Elyria, Ohio – Lorain County, with funding from the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Development, is proud to offer Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) home repair and rehabilitation programs by way of the Lorain County Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program.

The CHIP program, in partnership with the Cities of Amherst, Oberlin, North Ridgeville and Sheffield Lake
provides home repairs or private rehabilitations for income eligible homeowners who reside in Lorain County (excluding the Cities of Elyria and Lorain). The Home Repair Program may include plumbing, electrical, roof, furnace, ADA modifications, water heater, walk-in shower, and other health and safety needs. Assistance in the form of a grant.

The Home Rehabilitation Program offers more extensive repairs and upgrades for homes. Assistance will be in the form of a declining-forgivable loan. There is no monthly payment, and no interest will be charged. No credit check is needed. 100% of the amount borrowed will be forgiven over (5) years provided owner continues to own and occupy the home.

“The cost to maintain a home can be a challenge,” acknowledges Rob Duncan, director of the Lorain County Community Development Department. “We’re grateful the Lorain County Commissioners allow us to offer these programs to the residents of the County, who could use the extra financial assistance to ensure their residence has the proper amenities needed for a functioning and safe environment.”

The Community Housing Impact & Preservation program is administered by Kleinfelder, Inc. For more information contact (877) 836-3206 or bcowell@kleinfelder.com. You can also visit online at: www.loraincountyohio.gov/574/Fair-Housing-CHIP-and-CDBG Lorain County Commissioner and Board President Dave Moore, adds: “This initiative reflects Lorain County’s commitment to fostering vibrant communities, empowering homeowners, and creating safer housing environments. The County encourages eligible residents to take advantage of these programs, contributing to the overall well-being and sustainability of the community.”

About the Lorain County Community Development Department

The Lorain County Community Development Department’s mission is to serve Lorain County residents and businesses through community development initiatives by striving to, improve quality of life, foster smart growth, promote economic vitality, encourage development and redevelopment, and to provide tools to community leaders for management and for making policy decisions.

As the community and economic development representative for the Lorain County Board of Commissioners, the Community Development offers programs and services in Economic Development, Fair Housing, Community Development Block Grants, Planning, Zoning, Housing, as well as Stormwater, Sewer and Watershed Management through the Lorain County Stormwater Management District.

You can visit the Lorain County Community Development Department online at: