Funds will go toward rehabilitating homes in Lisbon

LISBON – At least three village homes could be rehabilitated with federal funding awarded to Columbiana County commissioners as part of the Community Housing Improvement Program.

Marti Grimm of the Community Action Agency, which administers the CHIP program on behalf of commissioners, attended this week’s Village Council to advise them Lisbon has been chosen as the community where the housing rehabilitation money will be spent this time.

According to Grimm, $120,000 has been set aside for the housing rehabilitation component of CHIP. To be eligible, applicants must own and occupy the home and earn no more than 80 percent of the median county income, which is $43,700 for the a household of four.

Commissioners are eligible for CHIP grant money every two years and choose a different community for the housing rehabilitation component, with Leetonia being the target community the last time.

“We try to select a different target area every two years,” Grimm said.

Anyone in Lisbon interested in applying to participate in the housing rehab component can do so by going to the CAA website or contacting Grimm at 330-424-4013.

The $120,000 is part of $400,000 awarded to commissioners, with the rest of the money used for house repairs, to help first-time homeowners with their down payment, and help others make a one-time mortgage payment. Unlike the housing rehab components, these programs are open to income-eligible applicants countywide, except in the cities of East Liverpool and Salem, which receive their own CHIP allocation to offer the same programs in their communities.

The CAA is paid $48,000 for administering the program.