More demolition funds

Another $3.8 million in demolition grants will be given to Ohio counties through an Attorney General’s Office program to address vacant and abandoned homes.

The slice given to Trumbull County’s land bank is about $64,000 – enough to demolish ”somewhere between five to 10 more houses” on the dilapidated inventory list, said Matt Martin, executive director of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.

Mahoning County will receive $76,504.

The grant awards announced Tuesday are a retread of Moving Ohio Forward Funds, not all of which was passed out in the first go-round of funding in May because some counties did not apply for their full allocation.

The $3.8 million not accounted for was reallocated, with each county receiving at least $7,800 to demolish one more home. And, unlike in the first round, a local match was not required to secure the grant.

”By demolishing abandoned, blighted homes, we have been making a real effort to help stabilize neighborhoods and remove public safety hazards,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

The money comes from a 2012 national mortgage settlement, part of which – $75 million – DeWine set aside for the demolition program. Money was passed out based on the percentage of home foreclosures that happened in each county between 2008 and 2010, the period of the settlement.

Trumbull County was eligible for about $1.2 million, which it received an added to local dollars contributed by several communities to end up with about $2.1 million for demolitions all around the county, including Warren.

With this extra cash, though, the homes that will be targeted by TNP will be outside of Warren, Martin said, because federal funds the agency should get for a similar purpose focus so heavily on buildings inside the city.

Of the 11 focus areas identified for need in the U.S. Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund program, 10 are in Warren, Martin said. The federal funding announcement should be made by the end of February.