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    The Housing Rehabilitation Program offers affordable loans for home repairs.

    The Housing Rehabilitation Program is a federally funded program administered through the Community Development Department. 

    Assistance to qualified homeowners includes:

    • Help determining what repairs are needed and how the work should be done with priority given to exterior Housing Code orders, emergency repairs and environmental issues (lead paint),
    • Help selecting a contractor and getting a fair price, and
    • Help to ensure the repairs are complete and of good quality.

    Who is Eligible?
    You may be eligible for financial assistance if you:

    • Meet program income qualifications (for example, a family of four must have an annual income of less than $53,450). 
    • Have clear title to your home,
    • Have paid all property taxes and City fines,
    • Have owned and lived in your home for at least the past 12 months prior to application,
    • Have fire and hazard insurance on your home,

    There may be other criteria that apply to your situation, so be sure to pay close attention to the instructions when you fill out your application, or call the Housing Rehabilitation Office at (616) 456-3030.

     

    How much can I borrow?
    If you meet the criteria listed above, you may be eligible for a loan for home repairs between $1,000 and $24,000.  If you have received more than one loan for home repairs through this program, all of the loans you have received must total less than $24,000 to receive more assistance.

     

    Assistance is provided as a matching loan. Up to 50% of the loan may be forgiven if all payments are made on time. Other grants and loans may also be available. The homeowner's ability to repay the loan is also a factor in determining the amount of the loan.

    What kind of repairs can be done?
    Some of the repairs that can be made using financial assistance through the Housing Rehabilitation Program include:

    • Repairs or upgrades to improve energy efficiency
    • Emergency repairs, such as roof or furnace replacement 
    • Exterior repairs like new siding, new windows, and porch repairs or replacement
    • Repairs to items that effect the homeowner's health and safety
    • Repairs to make the home accessible for a handicap person
    • Treatment of lead-based paint or asbestos hazards

    You may not make repairs that are related to fire/smoke damage, purchase new appliances or tools, do new construction, or make luxury improvements.

     

     

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    How to Apply
    To apply for assistance, download an application (PDF) here, and the EPA Booklet: Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (en Espanol) or call the Housing Rehabilitation Division at (616) 456-3030 to have one mailed to you.  If you would prefer to pick-up an application, the Housing Rehabilitation Division is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
     

    Mail or return your completed application to:

    City of GR Community Development Department 
    Housing Rehabilitation Division

    300 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 440
    Grand Rapids, MI  49503

    What happens after my loan is approved?
    After your loan is approved, Housing Rehabilitation Division staff will perform a detailed inspection to confirm and/or identify required and optional repairs.  You will receive:
    • A set of detailed specifications for eligible work at your home prepared by the Housing Rehabilitation Division.
    • Assistance from the Housing Rehabilitation Division managing the construction contract and several inspections throughout the process to ensure you are receiving quality repairs.