This map represents all HSTS awards from 2009–2019. 81 counties participating. Colors represent
Ohio EPA district dffices. Click to enlarge.
Ohio EPA offers three options for directing funding assistance to homeowners for improvements to failing home sewage treatment systems (HSTS):
1) Development of a “linked deposit” program;
2) Local loan capitalization program; and
3) Principal Forgiveness loans to Local Health Districts (LHDs).
Because the principal forgiveness loans are like grant funds, it is the most popular of the three options. Since 2016, Ohio EPA has awarded almost $50 million to Ohio LHDs for them to administer to eligible homeowners.
Through the principal forgiveness program, the LHDs set priorities and identify income-eligible residents (100%, 200% and 300% of the Health and Human Services poverty guidelines) with failing HSTS. This program is for homeowners only and is not intended for commercial applications.