Housing Programs

Equal Housing OpportunityThe City of Canton offers a wide variety of programs to help residents maintain clean, safe, stable homes in our city neighborhoods. All City of Canton housing programs are open to everyone without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.


The Department of Development is looking for reputable contractors to work with the City in serving the community through our federally funded housing rehabilitation programs. If you are interested in being on our list of approved contractors eligible to bid on our projects, complete the following documents:

Down Payment Assistance Program

The City of Canton is pleased to present the new Down Payment Assistance Program. The City of Canton, in conjunction with the Community Building Partnership, has re-established the Down Payment Assistance Program after a 10-year absence. The Down Payment Assistance Program provides 50% of the required down payment and up to 100% in closing cost assistance in an amount not to exceed $5,000 to low to moderate income first-time home-buyers within the Canton city limits as a 0% interest rate deferred loan forgiven at the end of 5 years.

Please review the Down Payment Assistance Brochure (PDF) and the Preliminary Buyer Disclosure Statement (PDF) for more information. Interested home-buyers should call Community Building Partnership at 330-458-0962.

Emergency Repair Program

The City of Canton Emergency Repair Program is designed to assist low-and-moderate income homeowners located within the City of Canton Limits. An "emergency" is defined as the presence of harmful or threatening conditions where immediate public action is determined necessary. The condition must pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of human life. This assistance applies only to repairs necessary to respond to the emergency. Each repair will be reviewed and considered individually. Please review the Emergency Repair Program Fact Sheet (PDF) to see if your emergency need will qualify.

How to Apply

Contact the Housing Rehab Department at 330-438-4113. Information will be collected and reviewed. If a determination is made that your need qualifies for emergency assistance, an inspector will be sent out to verify the emergency. If we can assist, an application will be given to you to complete and return within 24 hours so we may quickly verify eligibility. It is important that all requested information is received.

Residents who have a Canton mailing address but live in Plain Township should call the Stark County Regional Planning Commission at 330-451-7389 for program information as you will not qualify for assistance through the City of Canton.

Home Repair Programs

The City has established a priority rating system combined with staggered review and award periods to allow us to meet demand in an equitable fashion and to assure that resources are going to the highest priority cases since demand typically exceeds resources. A priority rating system means that each application is assigned points and ranked on the basis of such household characteristics as to:

  • Disabled
  • Elderly
  • Household size
  • Housing condition
  • Income

Minor Repair Program

This program is intended to correct one in-home code compliance issue, which if neglected could adversely affect the health, safety, and welfare of the low-income homeowner. Eligible repairs are:

  • Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Energy Conservation

Roof Replacement Program

This program is established by actual repair/replacement needed to correct roofing, gutter and fascia problems from the gutters up. Only the minimum dollar amount required to correct the roofing needs of the single-family structure shall be awarded. Garages will only be included if they are attached to the single-family structure. Eligible repairs are:

  • Chimneys
  • Downspouts
  • Fascia
  • Flashings
  • Gutters
  • Rafters
  • Roof repair/replacement
  • Sheathing
  • Soffits
  • Structural members
  • Vents