Community Development Block Grant
Kettering, OH - Mayor Marilou W. Smith
Purchase Rehabilitation Program
In 1995, the City of Kettering launched an initiative which purchases homes in deplorable condition, brings them up to like-new condition, and sells them to income-qualified home buyers. The Purchase Rehabilitation Program is considered a way to revitalize aging neighborhoods by converting nuisance properties into rehabilitated housing for low- to moderate-income families.
Since the Program's inception,
The local utility company, the County health department and various City departments were involved in these projects. Dayton Power and Light used funds from its weatherization program to insulate the homes and install set-back thermostats. The Montgomery County Combined Health District and Montgomery County Community Development Department provided HUD funds for lead-based paint abatement. The City of Kettering's CDBG staff conceived, organized and implemented the Program, which was designed to complement the City's existing housing rehabilitation and first-time home buyer programs.
City officials see the success of the Purchase Rehabilitation Program in several areas: It has provided homeownership opportunity to low- and moderate-income first-time home buyers, kept properties out of the hands of investors, removed vacant and nuisance properties, had a significant impact on aging neighborhoods, and generated a lot of positive feedback from the community.
Contact: Jeff Hoagland, Economic Development Manager, (937) 296-2453
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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