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Stepping onto Solid Ground

Councilmembers Shannon Hardin and Michael Stinziano announce funding for "Sidewalk Rescue," a sidewalk repair program

[COLUMBUS-OH] A solid foundation is vital to any community. Together, Columbus City Councilmembers Shannon Hardin and Michael Stinziano dedicated $550,000 to Sidewalk Rescue, a sidewalk repair reimbursement program.

"This may seem small, but it is critical to the health of our community," said Hardin. "The program serves more than one purpose. This investment reinforces safety, supports families financially and beautifies our neighborhoods."

The program provides up to $1500 in grant funds to lower-income residential property owners and neighborhood commercial revitalization district small business owners to make repairs to their sidewalks.

"This program allows constituents to improve the safety and walkability of their neighborhoods and businesses," said Stinziano. "It is important we work with residents to make Columbus more accessible for everyone."

If the grant does not cover the entire cost of the repair, the property owner is responsible for the remaining balance.

Jordan Lookabaugh was the first grant recipient of the program.

"I was really thankful to have the City provide the program," said Lookabaugh.

Lookabaugh stated that he was cited for an issue that was there before he purchased the house. However, he was still responsible for the repair.

"The cost would have put my family in a bad position. I was thankful to get the grant," he continued.

Applicants must first receive a violation letter requiring the owner to repair the sidewalk. Then, they must meet both the income and property requirements.

Eligible households must have a total household income of 80% or less of the area median income (AMI) as determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with adjustments for household size. 

Family Members              Yearly Income (Gross)
One                                       $39,000
Two                                       $44,600
Three                                    $50,150
Four                                      $55,700
Five                                       $60,200
Six                                        $64,650
Seven                                    $69,100
Eight                                      $73,550

Additionally, eligible properties are residential single-family owner occupied properties within the city of Columbus corporate limits or small business enterprises located within one of the cities six commercial neighborhood revitalization districts. The small business enterprise must be the owner of the property and have owned an occupied the property for at least 12 months prior to applying.

For additional information or to apply for Sidewalk Rescue, visit: https://www.columbus.gov/publicservice/Sidewalk-Repair-Grant-Program/ or contact the 311 Call Center at 614-645-3111 or 311@columbus.gov

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