The Housing Development and Beautification Program was created in 2016. The intent of the program is to spur new housing development while preserving existing housing stock in an effort to retain and attract residents to the City of Sandusky.

Applicants for improvements/repairs will need contractor's estimates along with the completed application.

Applicants for down payment assistance will need a purchase agreement and loan estimate from their lender along with the completed application.

Once completed, applications can be emailed with the supporting documents to development@ci.sandusky.oh.us, mailed to 240 Columbus Avenue, or dropped off at City Hall. The quickest response to questions will be via email or by calling 419.627.5832. Due to scheduled appointments meetings, questions may not be able to be answered during  a visit.

Projects completed prior to a Conditional Award Letter or home purchases that have already closed are not eligible for the program.

2020 Housing Development & Beautification Guidelines (printable)
2020 Housing Development & Beautification Guidelines (fillable)


Housing Development and Beautification program funds can be used for the following purposes:
Substantial Redevelopment Up to *$5,000 grant assistance for projects in excess of $20,000 per unit

HDB grants may be used to subsidize the cost of constructing new housing units or substantially rehabilitating existing housing units. These grants may also be used for the creation of new housing units through adaptive reuse of non-residential properties into residential properties. Certain permits, inspections, and registered contractors may be required to participate in this program.

Exterior Repairs & Landscaping 50% of eligible project costs (maximum of $3,000) and 80% of eligible landscaping costs (maximum $500)

Grants may be used to undertake certain exterior home repairs and improvements which can be seen from the right-of-way, including but not limited to painting, porch construction, roof repairs, and window replacement. Certain permits, inspections, and registered contractors may be required to participate in this program. Landscaping projects may be added to an eligible exterior repair or improvement.

Down Payment Assistance 3.5% of the purchase price (maximum of $5,000)

Grants may be used for the acquisition of one-, two-, and three-family residences that will be owner-occupied. This assistance will be in the form of down payment or closing cost assistance. *other calculations and maximums may apply per project