Community Development

Canton sign in Centennial Plaza that creatively spells out the word Canton

The City of Canton is proud to offer residents a wide variety of programs to help individuals and families find suitable housing at an affordable price. Our programs help a large number of residents from all walks of life. We believe that all Canton residents deserve clean, safe, and attractive neighborhoods in which they can live, work, and raise a family.

Community Development-  What We Do

The City of Canton receives funding directly from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an entitlement community and is responsible for the preparation of a local comprehensive plan for community development, as well as the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans that describe the housing and community development activities to be carried out with the City's CDBG, ESG and HOME funding resources.

How We Do It-

CDBGThe Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) provides federal funding for projects to improves the quality of life for people with low to moderate incomes, revitalize urban centers, and address the urgent health and safety needs of low-income communities.

CDBG-CVThe Community Development Block Grant Cares Act (CDBG-CV) program provides grants to states, insular areas, and local governments to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the spread of COVID-19.

HOMEThe Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use- often in partnership with local nonprofit groups- to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or home ownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people.

HOME-ARPHOME-ARP funds assists individuals or households who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, and other vulnerable populations, by providing housing, rental assistance, supportive services, and non-congregate shelter, to reduce homelessness, and increase housing stability across the country.

ESGThe Emergency Solutions Grant Program is a federal program operated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make grants to states, local governments, and territories for the purposes of funding activities that directly serve people experiencing homelessness, including people at risk of homelessness.

ESG-CVEmergency Solutions Grant COVID Program (ESG-CV) funds must be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to Coronavirus, among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus.

HOUSING AND HOME REPAIRThe City of Canton offers a wide variety of programs to help residents maintain clean, safe, stable homes in our city neighborhoods.  All City of Canton housing programs are open to everyone without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM-  The City of Canton, in conjunction with Community Building Partnership, offers assistance to first-time homebuyers purchasing within the Canton City Limits.   The Down Payment Assistance Program provides up to $5000 to assist with down payment and closing costs to low-to-moderate income first-time home-buyers as a 0% interest rate deferred loan forgiven at the end of 5 years.   There is a required buyer contribution of $500.

EMERGENCY HOME REPAIR PROGRAMThe Emergency Repair Program is designed to assist low-to-moderate income homeowners located within the Canton City Limits.  An "emergency" is defined as the presence of harmful or threatening conditions where immediate public action is determined necessary.


To provide leadership, create partnerships, advance job training, infrastructure, fair, safe, and affordable housing and supportive services for Canton, Ohio residents by means of grant management and collaboration.