EAST PRICE HILL (FOX19) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says communities throughout the state are beginning to take advantage of Moving Ohio Forward grants to demolish abandoned homes.
DeWine was in East Price Hill on Tuesday for the demolition of two homes in the 900 block of McPherson.
"I am very pleased by the fact that Hamilton County has taken full advantage of our Moving Ohio Forward demolition grants," said Attorney General DeWine. "Cincinnati and Hamilton County are actively taking back their communities from the rot and blight caused by abandoned houses, and their efforts are being echoed in counties across Ohio."
The Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Program helps stabilize and improve communities by removing blighted and abandoned homes with funds from the national mortgage settlement reached earlier this year. While an exact total of abandoned homes is not available, conservative estimates place the number of vacant and abandoned properties in Ohio in need of immediate demolition at 100,000.
Attorney General DeWine believes this is the first step in our housing recovery and is unique in devoting substantial resources to a demolition program.
About $75 million has been allocated among all of Ohio's counties to achieve the maximum number of demolitions of blighted or abandoned residential structures. Recognizing the economic hardships facing local governments, the Attorney General will not require a match for up to the first $500,000 allocated to each County.
The City of Cincinnati on average demolishes 70 homes every year.
The Attorney General's Office is now accepting grant applications for the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant Program. The first round of the application process will be open until June 30, 2012. County Land Banks and local governments are eligible to apply with collaboration among all local governments and organizations within each County.
Questions regarding this program should be directed to the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Mortgage Foreclosure Unit, 30 E. Broad St., 15th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215, or to MovingOhioForward@ohioattorneygeneral.gov.