Lorain Building, Housing, Planning change could bring home improvement money | Lorain County

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.

The Building, Housing and Planning Department will reorganize in an effort to resolve longstanding issues with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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.



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Max Upton, Lorain director of building, housing and planning, standing at left, speaks to Lorain City Councilwomen, seated from left, Beth Henley, Pamela Carter and Mary Springowski during a public hearing on Nov. 2, 2020. Upton has notified the Lorain Civil Service Commission about a plan to restructure the department, adding jobs and allowing the city to spend federal money on home improvements. 



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.

“The whole

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