MANSFIELD -- Richland County commissioners approved a deal Tuesday
with the Columbus-based Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio to
improve countywide fair housing efforts.
The project's emphasis
is on smaller communities. The agreement calls for the coalition to
conduct community workshops on fair housing, design training for housing
service providers, assist tenants with applications and complaints and
conduct audits on federally assisted properties.
housing administrator Don Mitchell said the project will allow the
county to be proactive and avoid problems encountered by two Ohio
cities. He said Zanesville was ordered to repay $10 million in federal
funds for projects because the city failed to provide public water in a
neighborhood. A Dayton-area community is in trouble because it used
zoning to keep low- and moderate-income housing out.
proactive rather than reactive," Mitchell said. "This will enhance our
situation and help protect us from some of the same problems."