Mahoning, Columbiana County Habitat for Humanity to merge

The Columbiana and Mahoning counties' chapters are merging to form "Habitat of the Mahoning Valley"

Habitat for Humanity held an open house for its first rehabilitation project in a decade in Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Starting this November, the local chapters of Habitat For Humanity are joining forces.

The Columbiana and Mahoning counties’ chapters are merging to form “Habitat of the Mahoning Valley.” It’s happening because of changes in the mortgage industry that made it hard for the Columbiana chapter to keep operating as usual.

The new organization has more than 80 homes in its portfolio, and the number is expected to continue growing.

“The goal in merging is to expand the ministry into the entire Mahoning Valley, so actually, it’s three counties — Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties,” said Barbara Loudon, director of Columbiana County’s Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat has not been active south of State Route 30 in Columbiana County for many years. This merger will let the organization explore helping people in areas like Wellsville and East Liverpool.