State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) has announced that Richland County will receive $36,246 in demolition grants from the second phase of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s "Moving Ohio Forward Program."

The program helps stabilize and improve communities by removing blighted and abandoned homes with funds from the national mortgage settlement reached in 2012. Attorney General DeWine designated $75 million of Ohio's settlement share for the demolition program, allocating funds to each of Ohio’s 88 counties based upon the percentage of foreclosures that occurred in that county between 2008 and 2010, the period of the settlement.

Because not every county applied for its full allocation, DeWine has reallocated the unrequested funds for Phase Two of the program.

“I was a big proponent of bringing some of this funding to Richland County,” Rep. Romanchuk said. “With the foreclosure crisis affecting so many people, there are a lot of homes and buildings that are either abandoned or in unsafe condition. The money from this program will help to revitalize some of these neighborhoods.”

Counties have until September 30, 2014 to use the Phase Two grant funds and until May 31, 2014 to use the Phase One grant funds.

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