Whitehall Neighborhood Investment Celebrated
Local civic leaders gathered in Whitehall today to celebrate the ripple effect of over $2.1 million in federal neighborhood stabilization and community development funds in the City of Whitehall.
Since 2009, Franklin County has directed funding through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) to projects in Whitehall that has let to new affordable housing and roadway infrastructure development. The housing development effort is a collaborative project between the Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department, the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio.
“Even one vacant home can have a debilitating effect on a neighborhood, leading to reduced property values, blight, and neighborhood decay,” said County Commissioner Marilyn Brown, who also serves as chair of the MORPC board of directors. “By rescuing and renovating these 12 homes, our partners have provided a safe home for a Whitehall family and at the same time secured the health and safety of the surrounding community.”
Of the twelve new affordable homes constructed, eleven have been occupied with the final one set for closing later this month.
“The Whitehall community has greatly benefited from the NSP funds,” said Mayor Kim Maggard. “This program has helped revitalize our neighborhoods and has given an affordable option to those looking to purchase a home in the City of Whitehall.”