Development Community Community Ohio Department of Development works to support Ohio communities in improving and maintaining their downtowns, infrastructure and community-focused resources. Strong Ohio communities are imperative to a thriving economy and the success of residents. Featured in this section Housing & Homelessness The housing programs help to conserve and expand the affordable housing stock; address the issue of homelessness in Ohio; and provide short-term, emergency assistance and other public services for low-income Ohioans. Economic Development Provide federal and state funding to communities to address a variety of needs. Redevelopment Offers incentives to redevelop blighted and hazardous sites and improve energy efficiency measures. Governor's Office of Appalachia Works to foster economic and community development and partnership endeavors to improve the lives of those living in the region. Community Resources Resources for community development grantees.