January 24, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: DONALD ROMANCAK 440.328.2322
LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
CHIP Home Repair Awards
Lorain County – The Lorain County Board of Commissioners approved at this morning’s meeting a contract to Green Home Solutions for home repairs in the amount of $5,800, with a contingency for unforeseen conditions of $580, to assist a homeowner in Columbia Station, a contract to KMU Trucking & Excavating for home repairs in the amount of $14,500, with a contingency for unforeseen conditions of $1,450, to assist a homeowner in Elyria Township, and a contract to JenMet Construction for home repairs in the amount of $43,095, with a contingency for unforeseen conditions of $4,300, to assist a homeowner in Kipton.
These projects are 100% funded through a Community Housing Impact Program (CHIP) grant that the County applied for and received in 2016. Lorain County, in partnership with the cities of Oberlin and Sheffield Lake, applied for and was awarded over $1.1 million dollars. These funds are used to maintain homeownership, preserve affordable housing, and protect and stabilize neighborhoods. Funds are also used for Fair Housing program, Tenant-Based Rental Assistance through Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority and the administration of the program.
The CHIP Program Year 2016 funds are fully committed to projects. The County plans on applying for funding in 2018. The grants are on a two-year cycle, meaning the County cannot apply again until the 2018 Program Year. The CHIP funds can be used to preserve housing in all Lorain County communities except for Lorain, Elyria, and Vermilion, which operate their own programs.
Contractors wishing to be able to participate in bidding on projects need to contact Community Development at (440) 328-2322. There is approximately $400,000 plus remaining to be bid out.
For further information, contact the Lorain County Community/Economic Development Department at 440- 328-2322.
Bob passed away at the age of 83 years old. I believe Bob lived multiple lives and had many careers. I think that is what kept him going for many, many years. The grass certainly did not under Bob’s feet. He did not waste his time or delay in doing anything. He was always busy. Bob and his wife Bonnie provided voluntary and paid services for the residents of Elyria and Elyria Township for a long time. They both served their community well. Bob was on the Elyria City School Board for many years and served as President for two terms. He served as the Elyria Township Clerk and retitled to Elyria Township Fiscal Officer since 2008. Mr. Repas was involved in many projects for Elyria Township including the nature preserve, joining NOPEC, and the sale of the cell tower to purchase a new engine for the fire department. Bob was certainly a friend to the fire department as well as each and every resident in Elyria Township. He will be sorely missed by all.
All of this praise is not to say Bob was perfect. He was a man, a human, and therefore made mistakes just as we all do in life. The great thing about Bob was he was humble enough to admit when he made a mistake and to learn from it. As many of you know, he was not always the easiest person to work with. This may be a shock to some, but Bob was a little on the stubborn side. Bob was also a negotiator and was willing to compromise for the better good of the people. He cared deeply for his family, coworkers, neighbors, and his fellow-man.
Robert J. Repas is more than qualified and deserving of being inducted into the Elyria Township Hall of Fame. Thank you, Mr. Repas, for your friendship and professionalism. Rest in peace.
~Chief Brian D. Bell
Friendships are just plain good for you. In fact, social connectedness is strongly linked to a person’s overall health, including risk for chronic diseases, depression, happiness, and suicide. To better connect Lorain County adults ages 55 and over to the community, the Lorain County General Health District is launching the Buddy Connect Pilot Program—for no cost. Starting this fall, two phone calls from a volunteer buddy will help you or a loved one to connect to the community; home visits are also available. Call 440-567-4120 to sign up or to volunteer.
FirstEnergy’s (NYSE: FE) Ohio utilities, remind customers having difficulty paying their utility bills that they may be eligible for special financial assistance programs. In Ohio, customer assistance programs include:
• Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus)
The Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) is an extended payment arrangement that allows Ohio customers meeting program guidelines to pay a percentage of their income or $10.00 per month, whichever is greater, instead of their usual electricity bill. Eligible customers must have a household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For more information, call (800) 282-0880.
• Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
HEAP is a federally funded grant program administered by the State of Ohio Department of Development through a network of local community action agencies. HEAP provides customers help with paying winter heating bills, and occasionally summer cooling bills. For more information, call (800) 633-4766 (Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison customers); or (800) 589-3101 (Illuminating Company customers).
• Salvation Army Emergency Hardship Programs
The Salvation Army organizations across the Ohio utility territories offer emergency assistance programs for those who have suffered a recent financial hardship and need temporary help to pay their electricity bill. Program funding is provided by FirstEnergy’s Ohio employees and customers. The distribution of funds is administered by Salvation Army agencies located throughout Ohio. Contact your local Salvation Army agency to learn more.
• Emergency Assistance
Additional help in paying utility bills may also be available to low-income residents through local county departments of human services, community action agencies, soldier’s relief commissions or veteran’s services offices. Listings for these resources can be found in the blue pages at the front of your local telephone directory, or you can call your county government or visit them online to learn
Ohio residential customers of FirstEnergy’s utilities looking for a convenient way to manage their electric bills also can sign up for the FirstEnergy Installment Plan, which allows customers to make consistent monthly payments to avoid the impact of seasonal highs and lows in their electricity bills. To apply or learn more about programs to help keep electricity bills affordable, visit www.firstenergycorp.com or call Ohio Edison customer service at (800) 633-4766; The Illuminating Company customer service at (800) 589-3101; and Toledo Edison customer service at (800) 447-3333. Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., serves more than 1 million customers across 32 Ohio counties. Connect with Ohio Edison at www.ohioedison.com, on Twitter @OhioEdison and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OhioEdisonThe Illuminating Company serves more than 750,000 customers across Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. Follow The Illuminating Company on Twitter @IlluminatingCo and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IlluminatingCo. Toledo Edison serves more than 300,000 customers in northwest Ohio. FollowmToledo Edison on Twitter @ToledoEdison or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ToledoEdison.
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