Lorain’s Department of Building, Housing and Planning could add staff in a move to spend federal money designated to improve houses in the city.
That is the federal agency that oversees the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which can pay for home improvements for low- to moderate-income residents.
The HOME program has been on hold in Lorain since 2016, said Max Upton, director of building, housing and planning for the city.
The city gets up to $500,000 a year in HOME funding, Upton said.
Every year that ticks by, Lorain is losing out on money that could be going to help people, he said.