Housing and Neighborhoods
Welcome to the City of Lima Department of Housing and Neighborhoods. We strive to improve the quality of life in Lima's neighborhoods. Our work includes housing repair, creation, and preservation of affordable housing, fostering home-ownership, and federal funding oversight. This important work is undertaken with many nonprofit partners and neighborhood organizations.
Our Programs & Divisions
Housing programs provide first time homeowner training and down payment assistance, and offer low interest rehabilitation loans and emergency repair grants for qualified homeowners.
Neighborhood Support & Property Maintenance Code Enforcement
Neighborhood Support offers capacity building training and organizational resources to neighborhood associations within Lima, and encourages the development of neighborhood partnerships between the city, local citizens, businesses, and other service providers.
Property Maintenance Code Enforcement enforces city ordinances regarding the maintenance of existing structures by inspection and citation for violations. Dealing with weeds, trash and structural issues, over 4,000 inspections are made each year by city inspectors. The city is divided into four enforcement areas (PDF), each with an assigned property maintenance inspector.
Recent code changes (PDF) are part of a continuous effort to improve this service. Support of investor owners is evidenced by 10 "free" services (PDF) provided by the city or county. We also offer helpful informational brochures on varying subjects of interest to persons living within the City of Lima.
Land Reuse, Grants Management, Planning, Community & Economic Development
Acquisition and resale of tax delinquent properties for commercial and residential use are coordinated through the Lima LANDBANK program.
Planning Services accepts requests for lot splits, alley vacations, and re-zoning and zoning variances. Planning also coordinates strategic land use efforts for business and neighborhood development.
Community Development works under a Five-Year Consolidated Plan through Community Development Block Grant and HOME, and is responsible for the plans preparation and monitoring of a variety of federal, state and local grant programs and projects.
Economic Development activities include oversight of state and federal grants, administration of tax abatement programs, and a variety of business attraction and retention efforts.