MARIETTA - Washington County will receive $7,800 under a program aimed at demolishing blighted properties.
The grant is from a re-allocation of unrequested funds from the Attorney General's Moving Ohio Forward Program.
Other local allocations were: Athens, $7,800; Meigs, $7,800; Noble, $7,800; Guernsey, $7,926; Hocking, $7,800; Monroe, $7,800; Morgan, $7,800; Muskingum, $21,165.
"The 'Ohio Attorney General's Moving Ohio Forward Program' has been successful in helping the many Ohioans who were victims of neighborhood blight caused by the foreclosure crisis," said Attorney General Mike DeWine. "By demolishing abandoned, blighted homes, we have been making a real effort to help stabilize neighborhoods and remove public safety hazards. I am pleased to make these additional funds available so counties can demolish additional structures."
The program helps stabilize and improve communities by removing blighted and abandoned homes with funds from the national mortgage settlement reached in 2012. The demolition program requires that a lead entity, such as a land bank or local government, apply for the funds on behalf of each county in Ohio.