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Putnam County intends to make application to the State of Ohio Department of Development to access approximately $20.5 million of funding available under the Fiscal Year 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program, a federally-funded program administered by the State. The Community is eligible for approximately $84,000 of CDBG Formula, providing the County meets applicable program requirements. Putnam County may apply for funding under the following programs:

Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP)

HOME Investment Partnerships Program

Emergency Shelter Grant Program

Formula Allocation Program

Water and Sewer Competitive Program

Economic Development Program

CDBG Discretionary Funds

Micro-enterprise Business Development Fund

Imminent Threat Set-Aside Funds

Downtown Revitalization Competitive Program

New Horizons Fair Housing Program

Training and Technical Assistance Grant Program

Interim Use of CDBG Funds for Economic Development

Neighborhood Revitalization Set-Aside Program

Other ED, Infrastructure, or Job Creation Programs

And Any New Programs Announced Under the CDBG Program.

The first of the required two public hearings for this comprehensive grant program will be convened in the Putnam County Courthouse Assembly Room, 245 East Main Street, Ottawa, Ohio 45875. The hearing shall commence at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, to provide citizens with pertinent information about the CDBG program, including an explanation of eligible activities and program requirements.

The CDBG program can fund a broad range of activities, including: economic development projects; planning activities; street improvements; water supply, drainage and sanitary sewer improvements; park acquisitions and improvements; demolition of unsafe structures; rehabilitation of housing and neighborhood facilities. The activities must be designed to primarily benefit low and moderate income persons or aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight or meet an urgent need of the community.

Citizens are encouraged to attend this public hearing to provide their input on the Putnam County CDBG program. Should any participant require auxiliary aids due to disability or non-English languages, please contact this office at least one week prior to the hearing date to ensure needs will be accommodated.

Ashley Siefker, Grants/Wage Coordinator

Putnam County Board of Commissioners

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