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.
Approximately $300,000 is available annually. Residential program funds for 2018 are all committed, but we anticipate money will again be available in January, 2019.
Housing Development and Beautification program funds can be used for the following purposes:
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
In 2017, the City of Sandusky received "Model Block" funding to continue the Housing Development & Beautification Program within certain areas of the city that correspond with the Sandusky Neighborhood Initiative.
Model Block funding is a one-time funding source in the amount of $600,000 to continue the program after the annual funding has been committed to eligible projects.
The Sandusky Neighborhood Initiative consists of 6 targeted neighborhoods within the City of Sandusky.
If you are within any of the targeted neighborhoods shown in color, there may still be funding for your eligible projects.