Community Development | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Community Development

Lakewood’s Division of Community Development administers programs to help residents and businesses maintain property values and improve the appearance of our community funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Several of the programs and processes are highlighted below.

Financial Assistance Programs

The Division of Community Development offers financial assistance for both commercial and residential properties. Click on the links below to explore available financial assistance.

Commercial Property Revitalization
Housing Financial Assistance

Federal Funding

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program provides funding to: (1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street; (2) improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; (3) help operate these shelters; (4) provide essential services to shelter residents, (5) rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and (6) prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is charged with making recommendations to Lakewood City Council regarding the annual allocation the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), ESG funds the city receives directly from HUD and HOME funds received through the Cuyahoga County Housing Consortium.

Section 106 Review

The City of Lakewood coordinates with the Ohio Historic Preservation Office as part of the environmental review process for all projects using federal funds.

Fair Housing

The City of Lakewood is deeply committed to promoting non-discrimination; affirmatively furthering fair housing choice; enforcing local, state, and federal fair housing law; identifying and eliminating barriers to fair housing choice; disseminating information regarding fair housing rights and obligations; and ensuring residents and those seeking accommodations in Lakewood enjoy equal access to decent, safe, affordable housing. Click here for more resources.

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    City of Lakewood
    Division of Community Development


    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    The Division of Community Development is housed in the Planning Department at City Hall. Office is on the bottom floor of City Hall past the Building Department.  Office hours are 8:00-4:30 Monday – Friday.