Moving Ohio Forward grant funds can be used until May 31, 2014.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced his office will be extending the deadline for Ohio counties to use all of their Moving Ohio Forward demolition grant funds from Dec. 31, 2013 to May 31, 2014.
“I am pleased with the progress made by communities to raze abandoned and blighted homes,” says DeWine. “By extending the deadline through late spring, we hope that counties will continue to take advantage of the funds available to them to get rid of abandoned homes that have attracted crime and are community eyesores.”
Several counties have asked for the extension due to wet and rainy conditions this spring and finding qualified demolition contractors was also an issue in some areas.
According to the Ohio AG’s office, Ohio’s share of the National Mortgage Settlement, $75 million for demolition, was directed by the Attorney General to go to all of Ohio’s counties, based on the percentage of foreclosures filed in each county between 2008 and 2011.
To date the Attorney General’s Office has reimbursed counties more than $22.3 million and documented a total of more than $36.6 million in the demolition of more than 4,700 units. The average cost per demolition is $7,700.