The Ohio Department of Development's Office of Community Development is seeking nominations for the 2012 Director's Awards for Excellence in Housing and Community Development, according to a press release from the department. Grant administrators and chief executive officers who manage funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program, and Ohio Housing Trust Fund are encouraged to nominate successful projects.

Nominations can be submitted on the Office of Community Development's Success Story website. Eligible nominations must describe how the project has impacted the overall community and benefited its citizens, in particular, low- and moderate-income individuals. In addition, projects or services that have helped to reduce or prevent homelessness in Ohio are eligible for nomination. The deadline for submitting nominations is May 18, 2012.

Selected honorees will be recognized during a luncheon ceremony hosted by the Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD) on July 25, 2012. The ceremony is being held in conjunction with OCCD's annual meeting in Columbus.