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Office of the Director   
111 N. Front Street, 8th Floor  
Columbus, OH 43215  
(614) 645.7795   
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

Code Enforcement Division   
111 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor   
Columbus, OH 43224-3218   
(614) 645.2202  
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

Economic Development
111 N. Front Street, 8th Floor 
Suite 220  
Columbus, OH 43215-4418  
(614) 645.8616  
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

Housing Division  
111 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor  
Columbus, OH 43215-9040  
(614) 645.7896  
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

Land Redevelopment Division  
845 Parsons Avenue    
Columbus, OH 43206-9030  
(614) 645.5263  
(614) 645-6675  [FAX] 

Planning Division   
111 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor   
Columbus, OH 43215-9030   
(614) 645.8664   
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]

Vacant Property Prevention Program

2018 Vacant Property Prevention Program Guidelines


*** Please call the Intake Line at 614-645-8526 to be placed on the waiting list, callers will be notified when funding is available ***

The mission of the Vacant Property Prevention Program is to assist individuals and families to remain in their homes and live independently in a safe and sound environment. Applicant and property criteria for participation in this program are outlined below.
Please click for the Vacant Property Prevention Program Brochure
Geographic Location and Eligible Properties
Eligible properties include owner-occupied properties located within the City of Columbus corporate limits.
The following properties are not eligible for funding under the Home Safe and Sound Program: duplexes, doubles, multi-family buildings, mobile homes and/or properties being purchased under land contract agreements. 
Eligible Home Repair Work
Priority will be given to structural, roof, mechanical and health and safety items. Funds may be used for work necessary to correct substandard, unsanitary or deteriorated condition(s).  Types of repairs include correcting written housing code violations and lead paint hazards, replacing roofs and roof elements, furnaces, securing bowing/shifting basements walls, etc.  Funds may also be used for health, safety, accessibility and energy efficiency work such as installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, ramps, insulation, etc.
You will contract with a private, City-licensed contractor selected through a bidding process with contractors on the City's Home Safe and Sound Participating Contractor List. 
Eligible Households
Eligible households include families earning 80% or less of the area median income (AMI) as determined by HUD regulations, with adjustments for smaller and larger families/households. The applicant must have owned and occupied the property for 12 months prior to the time of application, be current on mortgage payments, current on bankruptcy payments and have no outstanding liens.
Property taxes must be current at the time of application (or at the time of final approval for assistance by Home Safe and Sound Program) or the owner must be on a verifiable payment plan with the Franklin County Auditor's Office.


2018 HUD Income Guideline - 80% Area Median Income  Effective April 1, 2018
Family      Yearly Income    
One $42,800
Two $48,900
Three $55,000
Four $61,100
Five $66,000
Six $70,900
Seven $75,800
Eight $80,700


NOTE: Total household income includes the income of all adults 18 years of age and older living in the home.

Financing Guidelines
Home Safe and


Housing Contact Info Housing Division

Office : 614-645-7896

Email:   Housing_Division  

Intake Line
Office : 614-645-8526 
Email:  Home_Safe_And_Sound   

Franklin County Auditor  
Franklin County Recorder's Office  
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development   
Homeport Downpayment Assistance  
ECDI IDA Program