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Community Development


Department Overview

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.

Use the links below to learn more about our Housing Programs, Notice of Funding Available, and view Department Reports.

Housing Programs

Notice of Funding Available

Department Reports

Community Information

Press Releases

The National Community Development Association (NCDA) will be presenting the City of Canton Community Development Department one of only five national Audrey Nelson Awards for best community practices of utilizing federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds on Friday, January 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. The City's work in opiate prevention and education among youth is a collaboration of Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR), the City and Stark County Common Pleas Court's Stop Heroin From Killing committee.

The NCDA Audrey Nelson Award, granted on an annual basis, is named for the first NCDA Deputy Executive Secretary. Before her death, Nelson demonstrated an intense commitment to her neighborhood and a drive to serve low income people. NCDA is dedicated to making communities better places to live and work, particularly for low and moderate income people in Nelson's honor.

The City awarded StarkMHAR $65,000 of CDBG funds to implement the award winning prevention program.

The year 2013 presented many hardships related to opioid abuse for Canton and its residents. The Ohio Department for Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) identified Canton zip code, 44702, as having the highest number of individuals per 10,000 seeking treatment services for opioid dependence out of the entire state.  This epidemic has afflicted the entirety of the City.

The best defense that the City of Canton can have against drug abuse and misuse is to properly educate the area youth about the dangers of drug abuse. Canton is actively promoting this viewpoint by specifying that the Canton City School District teachers be trained to utilize SAFE@HOMe, which is a universal opioid prevention curriculum that is prepared for grades 5, 8, and 10. Training began on August 3, 2017 at McKinley High School.

StarkMHAR program funds were used to support the annual Stop Heroin from Killing Committee Symposium and billboards across the City. 


The Canton Neighborhood Project Report by David Boehlke is available by clicking the links below:

Canton Neighborhood Workbook

The Lathrop and Sherrick Road Neighborhoods

The Gibbs Gateway

The Renaissance Neighborhoods of the Northeast

The Summit and Westpark Neighborhoods

The Tuscarawas East End Neighborhoods

Three Future Challenges

City Government - Development

You have reached the Department of Development of the City of Canton, Ohio.  The Development Department is responsible for overseeing Economic, Community (Housing) and Planning development and services for the City. 

The Department of Development is responsible for the following functions:
(If linked, click the name of each department to be taken to its page)

To contact the Department of Development and/or the Development Director, please use the information listed to your right.

All City of Canton housing programs are open to everyone without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

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