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The City of Cambridge intends to apply to the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) for funding of Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Grant program,  activities are funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program (federal funds),  HOME Investment Partnership Program (federal funds), and Ohio Housing Trust Fund (State funds). The CHIP applications are due to the State by Friday, May 4, 2018. 


On March 16, 2018, the City of Cambridge and Guernsey County conducted the first public hearing and held a Housing Advisory Committee meeting to inform citizens and HAC Members about the CHIP program, how it may be used, what activities are eligible, and other program requirements. 


Based on both citizen input and the recommendation of the Housing Advisory Committee, the City of Cambridge will be acting as the lead agency and the Guernsey County Commissioners will be partnering and propose to undertake the following CHIP activities in the City and County for PY 2018:


1. Private Owner Rehabilitation  - Total $430,000 (City $18,000 HOME RLF Funds; County $39,000 HOME        RLF Funds; $373,000 HOME/CDBG) to rehabilitate 10 units

2. Rental Rehabilitation $40,000 CDBG Funds and $40,000 Match from Rental Property Owners; to

    rehabilitate two (2) units in County.

3. Owner Home Repair $225,000 (City - $105,000 CDBG/Ohio Housing Trust Fund - to repair 9 units;

    County - $120,000 CDBG/Ohio Housing Trust Fund; to repair 11 units)

4.  Habitat for Humanity New Construction - Total $22,000.00 (City -CDBG/HOME to construct 1 unit)

4. Administration/Fair Housing -  Total of $90,000 (City - $14,300 HOME Funds and $27,700 in CDBG Funds;

   County $31,200 HOME Funds and $16,800 in CDBG Funds)


The City is applying for $750,000 to fund these activities and will also be administering the grant on behalf of the City and County. Matching funds up to $39,000 will be used from the Guernsey County HOME Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) and $18,000 will be used from the City of Cambridge HOME Revolving Loan Fund for Private Owner Rehabilitation.  


         A public hearing will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in the City of Cambridge, Economic and Community Development-Office #15 (ground floor), 1131 Steubenville Avenue, Cambridge, OH, to give residents of the City and County the opportunity to give input on the above activities. Residents are encouraged to attend this hearing.  The city administration building is handicapped accessible.  If a participant will need auxiliary aids (interpreter, Braille or taped material, assistive listening device, other) due to a disability, please contact Economic and Community Development, prior to April 24, 2018 , in order to assure that your needs will be accommodated. For further information, contact the City of Cambridge, Economic and Community Development Office at 740-439-5491.


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Notice of Public Hearing



The City of Cambridge and the Guernsey County Commissioners will hold their first public hearing concerning the City and County filing applications for funding under the Small Cities Program for (CDBG), HOME, Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF), ARC, EDA and related fund sources.  These programs are administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), Office of Community Development (OCD) and other State and Federal Agencies.  The Department has funds available for a variety of programs, some, or all of which, the City or County may decide to apply.  Activities such as:  rehabilitation and repairs to housing (owner occupied and rental), neighborhood facilities, homebuyer assistance, new construction of housing, water supply, drainage and sanitary sewer improvements, street paving, fire hydrants, replacement of curbs/gutters, demolition of unsafe housing, fire equipment, park equipment, downtown revitalization activities, economic development, and fair housing programs.  The activities must be designated to primarily benefit low and moderate income persons, aid in the prevention of slum and blight, or meet an urgent need of the community. 

Some of the possible programs for which the City and County may apply are:

  • Community Housing Impact Preservation Program (CHIP) $750,000.00
    • (City of Cambridge $300,000, Guernsey County $450,000)
  • Community Development Allocation Program (Guernsey) approximately $250,000.00
  • Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Program - $500,000
  • Downtown Revitalization Grant Program - $300,000
  • Critical Infrastructure Grant Program - $300,000
  • Residential Public Infrastructure Grant - $600,000, onsite capped at $100,000
  • Economic Development Loan Program - $500,000
  • Economic Development Public Infrastructure Program - $500,000
  • Discretionary Grants (CDBG and OHTF) - based on demonstrated need
  • New Horizons Fair Housing Grant - $15,000 - consortium - $30,000
  • Target of Opportunity Grants - based on demonstrated need

This Public Hearing will be for the purpose of providing general information about these programs and related matters.  This hearing is the first of two hearings on applications to any of the above funding.  The first hearing will be held at Theo's Restaurant (downstairs meeting room), 632 Wheeling Avenue, Cambridge, Ohio  43725, at 11:00 - 11:30 A.M., on Friday, March 16, 2018.  Residents of the City of Cambridge and Guernsey County are invited to attend this hearing as well as city, county, village and township officials.  This is an opportunity to provide input and comments on the above programs. 

The Housing Advisory Committee (HAC) meeting will follow at 12:00 p.m.  Notices will be sent to all members.

Cities, villages, and townships that intend to apply for funding must attend a Community Development Implementation Strategy meeting at 11:30 a.m. that will follow the public hearing to discuss their needs in regards to housing, public infrastructure, park and recreation, public facilities and services, and economic development.   Any community or agency with an eligible project may file an application to include an official cost estimate for the project, with the Economic and Community Development Department, 1131 Steubenville Avenue, Cambridge, OH (740) 439-5491.  All applications for assistance must be returned before April 16, 2018.

Citizens, public service agencies, local government officials from the city, county, villages, and townships are encouraged to attend this meeting.  Fair housing information will be provided concerning the  fair housing requirements associated with the above grant funding.                                                   

The Theo's Restaurant meeting room is handicapped accessible.  For further information please contact the Economic and Community Development Office at  740-439-5491.

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Downtown Revitalization Grant

The City of Cambridge received the Downtown Revitalization Grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency. We were among a very select few in the State of Ohio, to receive this grant for our Downtown Historic District in the amount of $300,000.

Kim Haught, Director of the Economic & Community Development Dept for the City of Cambridge, is seeking applicants from our Historic Downtown to participate in this program. Cambridge Main Street members will receive special consideration. The City of Cambridge is prepared to grant up to $20,000 in match money (with the business or building owner(s) placing their half first) towards the improvements.

Improvements include: Facade, roof replacement, HVAC system repair or replacement, brick and mortar repair, window repair or replacement, electrical upgrades, plumbing upgrades, awning installation, entry repair, ADA compliance, and signage or fire protection.

Grant money commitments are on a first come-first serve basis. Hurry in to see Kim Haught or Colleen Siadik at 1131 Steubenville Avenue, Cambridge, OH 43725 or call (740) 439-5491 for details.

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