COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is extending the deadline for counties to use all of their Moving Ohio Forward demolition grant funds from Dec. 31, 2013 to May 31, 2014.
The money is used by communities to raze abandoned and blighted homes.
"By extending the deadline through late spring, we hope that counties will continue to take advantage of the funds available to them to get rid of abandoned homes that have attracted crime and are community eyesores," Dewine said in a press release.
Several counties asked the state for the extension due to wet conditions this spring. Some communities also expressed difficulty finding qualified demolition contractors.
The money for this program, $75 million, came from the National Mortgage Settlement of 2012. Counties can receive funds based on the percentage of foreclosures filed in their county between 2008-2011.
To date, the Attorney General's office has reimbursed counties more than $22.3 million and documented a total of more than $36.6 million in the demolition of more than 4,700 units. The average cost per demolition is $7,700.