Once again, stark differences are apparent between the way our city of Cincinnati uses federal dollars , namely CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds, verses more progressive cities like Covington.
Covington has initiatead a Homeowner Facade Grant Program which is administered via the city Community Development Department. These grants are to assist homeowners with facde improvements visable from the city right of way.
Designed to assist home owners meeting certain income requirement it is just one more tool to build stronger neighborhorhoods and includes roof and gutter repairs, painting and porch trim repairs vs the Cincinnati approach which is to hit homwowners with VBML's and condemn orders.
We congratulate Covington for taking a "Foward thinking" approach much as countless other communities have across the country for use of CDBG funds and we find our selves asking why Cincinnati would rather subsidize demolition contractors with our federal tax dollars rather than make real efforts to build neighborhoods as Covington and other cities have done?