Tri-county area receiving money to demolish, revitalize blight

FILE - Fighting blight one house at a time, volunteers helped the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) board up 20 vacant homes on the city's north side. The volunteer effort is YNDC's way of honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) has increased funding to fight blight in the tri-county area.

Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are all receiving additional funding under the Neighborhood Initiative Program, which works to prevent foreclosures and revitalize abandoned spaces.

Trumbull County will receive $1,323,816, Columbiana County will get $1,600,000 and Mahoning County will be given $3,153,034.

A total of $238 million has been allocated to the program. OHFA is partnered with 37 land banks across the state.