Community Development

The mission of the Community Development Division of the Planning + Development Department is to provide quality affordable housing programs; community and economic development programs and services; and homelessness prevention programs throughout Hamilton County, in accordance with the federal rules and regulations, and as directed by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Division administers the following federal grants for Hamilton County: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program.

  • The CDBG Program funds projects and programs in participating communities of Hamilton County that benefit low to moderate income areas and residents; eliminate slum and bright; improve quality of life; or address a particular urgent need. Projects include emergency homeowner repair services; redevelopment or new construction of public facilities; rehabilitation of public infrastructure such as streets and sidewalks; economic development activities; and other public services such as emergency food services. From the CDBG Program funds the county operates three competitive processes:
  • The HOME Program provides affordable housing for low to moderate income residents. Programs include acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction of housing; and tenant based rental assistance programs. As part of HOME the county operates a process for HOME Affordable Housing via an RFP.
  • The ESG Program is coordinated by the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Continuum of Care, called Strategies to End Homelessness. Funds are used to provide emergency shelter and homelessness prevention activities. Approximately 4,500 individuals and families received emergency shelter services annually. About 1,400 individuals and families receive Rapid Rehousing assistance and 800 individuals or families are assisted with Shelter Diversion programs