The federal government has awarded $225,000 to improve Trumbull County neighborhoods, including property rehabilitation and property maintenance.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $225,000 to the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP) through its Community Economic Development grant program.

The funding will help create at least eight full-time positions at TNP, and TNP will hire low-income individuals to fill a majority of the positions.

Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will direct the funding to a pilot program, Building a Better Warren.

The program will hire low-income workers for jobs that will neighborhoods, and will also partner with the Trumbull County Land Reutilization Corporation to focus rehabilitation work on properties in the Land Corporation's current inventory.

"We have merged the need for blight remediation with the need for meaningful workforce development, and we have leveraged multiple resources and partnerships to create this opportunity,"said Matt Martin, Executive Director of TNP.

HHS' Community Economic Development federal grant program works to help low-income individuals and families become self-sufficient through employment and business development opportunities.