Office of Community Development
The Office of Community Development assists local communities in meeting the needs of vulnerable Ohioans by providing grant funding to local governments and nonprofits operating homeless outreach, emergency shelters, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing, as well as emergency home repair.
For individuals in need of immediate assistance, access the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) website for a list of housing agencies and services that help prevent homelessness in your community.
Grantee organizations for any of the Homelessness and Supportive Housing Programs can access the links listed below.
The Homeless Crisis Response Program prevents homelessness for low- and moderate-income individuals and families, provides for emergency shelter operations, and helps to rapidly move persons from emergency shelter into permanent housing. The program is funded through the federal Emergency Solutions Grant and the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. Grant funds for homeless prevention and rapid rehousing are awarded to state-appointed service providers on a regional basis.
The Ohio Balance of State Homeless Management Information System is a non-duplicative computerized data collection system designed to provide client-level data about homeless persons' interaction with the homeless delivery system including services/assistance provided and housing status. ODSA grantees serving homeless persons or helping to prevent homelessness accurately track client intake, produce system-wide reports, and better provide homeless persons with needed services. The project is funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Ohio Housing Trust Fund dollars.
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS funds organizations to assist with meeting the housing and supportive service needs of low- and moderate-income persons with AIDS or HIV-related diseases. Nonprofit organizations and units of local government are eligible to apply for HOPWA grant funds.
The Housing Assistance Grant Program promotes affordable housing opportunities and improves housing conditions through emergency home repair and limited down payment assistance for low- and moderate-income citizens. Grant funds are provided through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations.
The Supportive Housing Program provides funding for operations (and limited funding for services) in permanent supportive housing and facility-based transitional housing programs for low- and moderate-income citizens. Qualified individual nonprofit agencies are eligible to apply for grant funding provided through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund.
The Emergency Shelter Target of Opportunity provides funding for emergency repairs to address health/safety issues at OCD-funded emergency shelters and, as a lower priority, supportive housing facilities.