Community Development


The mission of the Community Development Division of the Planning + Development Department is to provide quality affordable housing programs, community, and economic development programs and services, and homelessness prevention programs throughout Hamilton County, following the federal rules and regulations and as directed by the Board of County Commissioners.

We are guided by our Annual Action Plan.

Hamilton County is initiating a CITIZEN COMMENT PERIOD starting April 4, 2024, to invite citizen input on the PY 2024 Annual Action Plan. The Citizen Comment Period will be held from April 4, 2024, through May 9, 2024. During this comment period, residents may submit written feedback.

By April 4, 2024, the draft PY 2024 Annual Action Plan will be made available for review in electronic form via the County website and hard copies will be available at Hamilton County’s Community Development office, located at 138 East Court Street, Room 1002, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Citizens will have at least 30 days to review the draft documents and submit comments.

Citizen comments about the PY 2024 Annual Action Plan should be submitted to the Division of Community Development, Hamilton County, 138 East Court Street, Room 1002, Cincinnati, OH 45202, by e-mail to [email protected], or via survey at All citizen comments will be considered in preparing the final PY 2024 Annual Action Plan for submission to HUD.

Two PUBLIC HEARINGS will be held during the public comment period. These hearing are scheduled for April 4, 2024 and May 9, 2024 to be held during the Board of County Commissioners Meeting at 1 p.m. in the Todd B. Portune Center for County Government located at 138 East Court Street, Room 603, Cincinnati, OH 45202. After the second public hearing, the final PY 2024 Annual Action Plan will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration for approval during the meeting. For more information about the PY 2024 Annual Action Plan process, or to make disability accommodations, please contact Maria Collins at (513) 946-8234 or [email protected].   

The division administers the following federal grants for Hamilton County: 


The CDBG program funds projects and programs in participating communities of Hamilton County that benefit low to moderate-income areas and residents, eliminate slum and blight, or address an urgent need. Projects include emergency homeowner repair services; redevelopment or new construction of public facilities; rehabilitation of public infrastructure such as streets and sidewalks; economic development activities; and other public services such as emergency food services. From the CDBG Program funds, the county operates three competitive processes:


The HOME Program provides funding for affordable housing development in Participating Jurisdictions. Eligible activities include acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction of housings. As part of HOME, the county operates a process for HOME Affordable Housing via an RFP. The County also has a Housing Action Plan program through which participating jurisdictions can apply and work with the County’s consultants, Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) and the Community Building Institute (CBI).


The ESG Program is administered by the Continuum of Care, currently operated by Strategies to End Homelessness. Funds provide emergency shelter and homelessness prevention activities. In total, approximately 4,500 individuals and families receive emergency shelter services annually. About 1,400 individuals and families receive Rapid Rehousing assistance, and 800 individuals or families were assisted with Shelter Diversion programs.  

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