Community Development

Community Development

 

The Planning and Community Development Office administers Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) funds received from the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), office of Community Development; and grant funds from a variety of other sources. Some projects funded in the past from these sources include:

  • Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation
  • First time home buyer down payment assistance
  • Project based rental housing rehabilitation
  • Tenant based rental assistance
  • Rehabilitation of homeless and domestic violence shelters
  • Park and recreation improvements
  • Historic façade rehabilitation
  • Street and sidewalk improvements
  • Water and sewer system improvements
  • Revolving business loans
  • Brownfield remediation and redevelopment
  • Clearance and demolition of dilapidated structures
  • Land banking

There are also three (3) active private non-profit neighborhood based organizations working to improve specific areas of the community.  The Steubenville Hilltop Community Development Corporation is an organization that is working to enhance the physical condition of buildings and reduce crime in the La Belle View and Pleasant Heights neighborhoods.  They administer a paint program, neighborhood clean-ups and block watch programs.  The La Belle Neighbors Who Care are working with young people in the La Belle neighborhood by providing youth mentoring and recreational programs.  Finally, the Steubenville Revitalization Group (SRG) is working to retain and attract new investment in the Central Business District and encourage physical improvements to the downtown area.  Its website can be visited at www.downtownsteubenvillesrg.com.

There are additionally two (2) other organizations working in the downtown area, these being the Steubenville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Old Fort Steuben Project, Inc.   The Steubenville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau markets the greater Steubenville area for the travel and tourism and promotes area attractions, facilities and events.  The Old Fort Steuben Project, Inc. has reconstructed historic Fort Steuben and operates the Visitor’s Center and Amphitheater; and tours and other events are held on a regular basis at the site.  Their websites can be visited atwww.visitsteubenville.com and www.oldfortsteuben.com for more information.

Those in need of census data for Steubenville or other communities may visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s website, factfinder.census.gov, and then follow the instructions.

More information about housing and community development programs can be found at HUD’s websites, www.hud.gov or www.huduser.org; and at ODSA’s website, development.ohio.gov. Information about homebuyer assistance programs can be found at www.hud.gov or www.ohiohome.org

 

Steubenville Adopt-A-Lot Program

The City of Steubenville encourages non-profit corporations and community associations to participate in the City’s Adopt-A-Lot Program.   Community minded organizations can take an unused city lot or parcel of land and lease it for one dollar per year for two years and turn what could have been a potential eyesore and source of neighborhood blight into a beautiful and bountiful pocket of green.

 

How can my organization adopt-a-lot?

  • Only city-owned parcels of land may be adopted.
  • Lots may be used for community vegetable or flower gardening or a combination thereof.
  • Non-profit corporations or community associations must submit a written request to the Community Development Office.
  • If approved, applicants must sign a lease agreement with the City for the lot.
  • After the lease is executed, the City and applicant will inspect the site to see if there are any potential hazards.  If a dangerous condition exists that can be easily remedied at a reasonable cost, the City will proceed to correct the problem; if a condition exists that cannot be easily and inexpensively remedied, the lease will terminate immediately.
  • Community groups will be required to abide by the terms of the lease and the rules listed therein.
  • Community groups must participate in training provided by the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District and the Ohio State University Cooperative Extension Service within two months of signing the lease.
  • Signs, fences or other improvements must comply with the City’s zoning regulations.

 

Adopt-A-Lot Forms

 

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