151 Lincoln Way East, Massillon, Ohio 44646
Phone: (330) 830-1721
Fax: (330) 830-1778

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The City of Massillon Community Development Department administers a variety of federally funded and other programs designed to improve the economic, social, and physical environment. The major programs administered by the CDBG Program Office are as follows:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The City of Massillon has been designated as an Entitlement Community under the CDBG Program, and as such receives an annual allocation of Federal funds from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City utilizes these CDBG funds to undertake a comprehensive program of housing and community development activities, including housing assistance, infrastructure improvements, economic development, public services, fair housing, and planning activities.

The City’s CDBG Program is designed to meet those goals and objectives identified in its Consolidated Plan for community development, in order to benefit low and moderate income persons and neighborhoods, and aid in the prevention and elimination of slums and blight.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) was passed by Congress in 2008 to provide a one time funding allocation to states and local governments “for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed upon homes and residential properties”. There were approximately $258 million dollars allocated to the State of Ohio by HUD for the purposes of this program. This includes funding to 22 entitlement communities that received funds directly from HUD. There were approximately $116 million dollars in funds directly allocated to the State of Ohio. These funds are being distributed by the State of Ohio to local communities and/or regions through a funding formula based upon need.

The City of Massillon is being allocated $1,578,149 in NSP Funding by the State of Ohio. NSP funds can be used for the following types of activities:

Residential Development – This activity will provide homeownership opportunities to households with incomes at or below 120% of the area median income, and the improvement and reuse of vacant and abandoned properties for both renter and homeowner housing.

Land Banks/Demolition – The demolition of blighted residential structures and/or the establishment of land banks, including the acquisition of residential properties. Subsequent redevelopment of the properties will be subject to the requirements of the NSP Program.

Federal program regulations state that NSP-funded activities should be targeted to neighborhoods of greatest need, based on such factors as the number and percentage of foreclosed homes, the number and percentage of sub-prime housing loans, and the number and percentage of vacant and abandoned residential properties in a particular residential area. In developing its NSP Program, the City will be responsible for determining both the geographic need for assistance and the types of assistance best suited to implement the Ohio NSP Program locally and within the federal and state guidelines. The City will be required to undertake a planning process, which includes meeting with local housing providers and neighborhood organizations, analyzing data to determine local needs, and determining how identified needs should be addressed using NSP funds. In order to receive its NSP allocation, the City must prepare and submit a formal application to the state. This application must be filed by February 27.


Ohio Enterprise Zone Program

The City of Massillon offers tax exemptions to new and expanding businesses as an incentive to invest in the community, within the boundaries of its designated enterprise zone. Under the Enterprise Zone Program, Massillon can grant companies real and/or personal property tax exemptions up to 75% of the value of the new investment in a project. The term of the exemption can be as long as ten years.

For a project to be eligible for enterprise zone benefits, a company must make a “substantial” investment to establish a new facility, or to expand, renovate, or occupy an existing facility, located within the boundaries of the City’s Enterprise Zone. In addition, a project must also either create new permanent jobs or retain existing jobs. A company seeking tax exemptions under the Enterprise Zone Program must file an application with the City. Upon approval of the application by City Council and execution of a project agreement, the company may then proceed with its project.

For additional information on these programs contact:

Larry Marcus, Director


Local and State Links

Massillon Development Foundation

Massillon Area Chamber of Commerce

Ohio Department of Development

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