Harrison County, Ohio

Community Services

 Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) 

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners announced that the county’s application with Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development’s PY-2021 Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (CHIP) was funded and awarded approximately $400,000 in housing funds. All activities will be implemented countywide. The activities are: Private Rehabilitation with 4 outcomes, and Home Repair with 8 outcomes.  Funds will be dispersed on a first come first serve basis. All applicants must meet low to moderate-income guidelines for Harrison County. For example, the income of a family of four must not exceed $62,700 a year and they must reside within the county.  These income guidelines were updated in July of 2023.

The Home Repair program is a grant and improvements may include roofs, wiring, plumbing, heating and other structural rehabilitation items. Private Rehabilitation brings the homes up to current standards and Rental Rehabilitation brings rental units up to current standards.

All programs can fund projects anywhere within the county. Contractors interested in bidding on home repair and rehabilitation projects are encouraged to contact the CHIP office. The PY-2021 CHIP program is effective from December 1, 2021 to April 30, 2024.  For application information call 740-942-2027 or by emailing  meh@harrisoncountyohio.org or jrh@harrisoncountyohio.org .   

 Fair Housing 

Harrison County’s Fair Housing Program is administered by the Harrison County Grant Office.  The goal of the Fair Housing Program is to promote and ensure equal housing opportunities to Harrison County residents. We network with area real estate and lending providers to ensure that housing markets are open to all without bias.  We believe all residents should be aware of their fair housing rights. We provide information and referral for landlord-tenant issues and situations involving possible housing discrimination.  You may call Mary Ellen Haney at 740-942-2027; Mon – Thurs; 8am-4pm or refer to the following links which will provide more information on Harrison County’s Fair Housing Program:

 Landlord Tenant Book 

 Complaint Kit 

You may also email Mary Ellen at meh@harrisoncountyohio.org or jrh@harrisoncountyohio.org

Homeless shelter information: HomelessShelterNearMe.org

 Rural Hardship Septic Loan 

The Harrison County CIC Office administers the Harrison County Septic Loan Fund Program which provides loans for replacement or upgrade of existing septic systems at a low interest rate.  Repayment term and interest rates are flexible, based upon the applicant's circumstances.   Interested persons should contact the HCCIC office at 740-942-2027 for more information or refer to the following links which will provide information on the Septic Loan Fund Program:

 Septic System Loan Program Narrative 

 EPA Septic Loan Application 

 Septic Installer Listing