Government Relations and Other Partnerships

City of Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development

The Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development provides and leverages funding and other resources that support quality housing, neighborhood revitalization, and human services.

The Department also strives to eliminate blight and building safety hazards and to promote building repair and renovation, which is done through education and enforcement of property maintenance codes.

Neighborhood Development Programs

Hand Up Initiative
Are YOU Ready for Your Next Job? Workplace training, job readiness workshops, and career placement. Call one of our partners and ask about a program that fits your needs.

NOFA: Notice Of Funding Availability
The Notice of Funding Availability provides gap financing to projects that have significant impact on Cincinnati communities.

Cincinnati Land Reutilization Program
The purpose of the Cincinnati Land Reutilization Program (CLRP) is to purposefully acquire non-productive property and return it back to productive use.

Community Development Construction Projects – Meet and Confer
The Meet and Confer is an opportunity for contractors to meet with City staff and developers to learn about City-assisted construction activities and projects. Meet and Confer sessions are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

CRA Commercial Tax Abatement Program
The City of Cincinnati offers a tax abatement program to companies and developers building or renovating a residential, commercial, industrial, or mixed-use facility in such cases where the new or renovated facilities will result in job creation.

Community Development Corporations
The City provides operating support funds to non-profit Community Development Corporations that provide new housing opportunities in the City.

Community Housing Development Organizations
A Community Housing Development Organization is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to developing affordable housing.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds are being used to redevelop foreclosed, abandoned and vacant residential properties.

Housing Programs

Home Buyer & Renter Assistance
We provide help to home buyers and renters so that safe, clean and affordable housing is possible for everyone.

Compliance Assistance Repairs for the Elderly (CARE) Program
The CARE program provides basic home repairs to low-income elderly or disabled homeowners living in certain City neighborhoods.

Down Payment Assistance
The American Dream Down Payment Initiative Program is designed to assist first-time homebuyers.

Foreclosure Prevention
Homeowners in danger of losing their homes may quality for counseling services or emergency mortgage assistance.

Emergency Relocation Assistance
The Emergency Relocation Assistance Program helps provide decent, safe and sanitary housing for Cincinnati’s citizens by providing assistance to people displaced due to building and health code violations, or other emergency situations, such as fires.

Home Buyer Training Classes
Learn how to get a home and keep it through Home Buyer Training sessions.

HOPWA is a federal program that provides funding for housing opportunities for people with AIDS.

Lead Abatement
You may be eligible to receive lead abatement assistance if you live in a home built before 1978, have children under the age of 6, meet the income limits and reside in one of the qualified neighborhoods.

Lease Option Contracts
This pamphlet explains tenants’ and landlords’ rights and responsibilities in the City of Cincinnati when a tenant enters into a rental agreement with a landlord that gives them the option to buy the property in the future.

Renter Legal Representation
Low-income tenants can get help with landlord relations, including evictions, lockouts, landlord interference with utility service, enforcement of housing and health codes and other tenant rights.

Repairs & Maintenance
People Working Cooperatively (PWC) can provide emergency housing repairs to low-income and elderly households. PWC also can provide mobility modifications to assist both renters and homeowners. Call 513-351-7921 for help.

Cincinnati Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) Residential Tax Abatement
Residential property tax abatements are available for new construction and renovations on one-, two- or three-unit homes.

Buildings & Inspections

The Department of Buildings and Inspections protects the health and safety of the citizenry by ensuring the quality and integrity of the City’s building environment.  The goal is to promote economic development and maintaining the quality of commercial and residential building stock through the enforcement of established building and zoning codes.

The Department of Buildings and Inspections operates the Permit Center and consists of four sections:  Office of the Director, Permits and Inspections, Property Maintenance Code Enforcement and Zoning Administration.

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