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Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Grants in Ohio


What does this program do?
Provides grants to qualified organizations to help them carry out local self-help housing construction projects. Grant recipients supervise groups of very-low- and low-income individuals and families as they construct their own homes in rural areas. The group members provide most of the construction labor on each other’s homes, with technical assistance from the organization overseeing the project.

Who may apply for this program?
Eligible applicants include:

What is an eligible rural area?
Utilizing the USDA Eligibility Site you can enter a specific address for determination or just search the map to review general eligible areas.

How may funds be used?

  • Give technical and supervisory assistance to participating families
  • Help other organizations provide self-help technical and supervisory assistance
  • Recruit families, help them complete loan applications and carry out other related activities that enable them to participate

Funds MAY NOT be used to:

  • Hire people to perform construction work for participants
  • Buy real estate, building materials or other property
  • Pay debts, expenses or costs for the participants
  • Pay other indirect costs

How do we get started?
Applications for this program are accepted through our local offices year round.

Who can answer questions?
Contact your local office.

What governs this program?

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
By working in partnership with trusted local organizations, this program helps very-low- and low-income families get affordable, clean and safe homes of their own in rural areas. Very-low-income families living in substandard housing are given first priority for loan assistance.

NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change please always consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled "What Law Governs this Program?" You may also contact your local office for assistance.

NOTE: If state specific forms are not shown above, please ensure that your state is selected in the dropdown menu above to find the State Office contact information and speak to a Housing Programs Specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you valuable time in your application.

Application Forms

Post Award Forms

There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.

Centralized Servicing Center; St. Louis, Missouri:

  • Customers and third-party callers with general account questions: 800-414-1226
  • Delinquent customers or those who may require counseling with regards to servicing options: 800-793-8861

For information regarding Rural Housing Programs in Ohio, please contact:

Lead Single Family Direct Specialist: 
Mark Gideon
PHONE: 614-255-2402
EMAIL: mark.gideon@usda.gov 

Additional Ohio Rural Housing Program contacts:

Director: Christie Hooks
PHONE: 614-255-2401
EMAIL: christie.hooks@usda.gov 

Servicing: Deanna Van Meter
PHONE: 614-255-2516
EMAIL: deanna.vanmeter@usda.gov

Findlay Area Office
Area Director: Ann Stahl
PHONE: 419-581-4503
EMAIL: ann.stahl@usda.gov

Hillsboro Area Office
Area Director: Ashley Kelly
PHONE: 937-393-1921, extension 127
EMAIL: ashley.kelly@usda.gov

Marietta Area Office
Area Director: Brent Warren
PHONE: 740-885-3303
EMAIL: brent.warren@usda.gov ­­

Massillon Area Office
Area Director: John Miller
PHONE: 330-481-2215
EMAIL: john.miller@usda.gov

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