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Programming Highlights

From financial literacy & homebuying to neighborhood leadership & residential investment incentives, Community Building Partnership has a pathway for your family!  Please check back often as programming evolves and becomes stronger!

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Financial Fitness

Housing Counseling Program


Financial Fitness held every second Tuesday from October to June from 5:30-6:30



Home Buyer Workshop

Housing Counseling Program


Home buyer Workshop held every third Wednesday of every month from 3:30-4:30  

Exterior Renovation Grant

Healthy Neighborhoods Program


ERG program offering a 10% rebate for city of Canton Homeowners completing exterior projects and renovations! 


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Stark County Neighborhood Partnershp Program

Healthy Neighborhoods Program

This program seeks to expand and enhance the Neighborhood Leadership model and infuse CBP's Healthy Neighborhood approach to supercharge neighborhood revitalization efforts and continue to empower residents to make positive change in their neighborhoods.


Mahoning Road Corridor

Home Buyer Workshop/Housing Counseling Program

Community Building Partnership of Stark County invites all Stark County residents to a FREE 1-hour of our first-time home buyer workshop. HBW happens every third Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm-4:30 pm for an informative workshop covering the basics of buying your first home, including:

  • Advantages of home ownership

  • Tips on improving your credit score

  • How to obtain lender pre-approval for a home loan

  • Down payment assistance options

Housing Counseling Services

With the closing of most nonprofit housing counseling efforts, a growing need for counseling services, and CBP’s promotion for more housing investments by residents, CBP identified “pre-purchase housing counseling” as a needed part of the community development system here in Canton. To that end, CBP contracted with two regional, HUD-certified counseling organizations that can provide pre-purchase housing counseling. CBP negotiated pricing to allow counseling to be affordable and self-funded in cases where there is no funding available. CBP offers Pre-Purchase Housing Counseling as an on-going service to our community. These services include:

  • Exclusive access to eHome America Home Buyer and eHome Money Financial Literacy courses- both on-line and HUD-certified in pre-purchase housing education.  These self-directed courses lead to a HUD certificate for the nominal cost of $99.00 per course

  • Access to one-on-one counseling sessions through Apprisen, the former Consumer Credit Counseling Society (CCCS). Apprisen has had a Canton office for 15 years, has HUD-certified counselors, and is a HUD-certified organization.  Again, these counseling sessions will cost consumers $75.00 per session and can be self-funded.



Capital for Neighborhoods

Working with all our lending partners, CBP established CBP’s Lending Services to provide affordable and quality financing for both home improvements and home buying.  Led by Huntington Bank’s $15 million, 3-year commitment to all low-to-moderate census tracks in Canton, CBP offers Lending Services to many neighborhoods in Canton. These specific loan products are EXCLUSIVE to CBP-only eligible through the CBP partnership office.

Supporting the City's Community Development Agenda

CBP is committed to assisting the City of Canton with its neighborhood agenda.  During 2014, CBP was awarded two separate fees-for services contracts to assist the City with:

  • Processing City Rehab Program applicants and applications, including over 60 applications in 2014 with the potential of over $1 million in approved grants;

  • •Assisting City departments with their “due diligence” regarding the Stark County Land Reutilization Corporation’s Side Lot program, where property owners have the opportunity to receive adjacent vacant property.


David Boehlke: Canton Neighborhood Project

“The Canton Neighborhood Project has been developed and managed by Community Building Partnership of Stark County, Inc. (CBP) on behalf and under contract with the City of Canton.  It is CBP’s desire that this effort continue the important community conversation on how best to renew the neighborhoods of Canton.  CBP gratefully acknowledges and thanks Mayor William Healy and his administration, the Community Development department, and City Council of the City of Canton for their support and guidance on this project”. Joel Owens, Director of CBP


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