Home Grants

It is expensive to maintain a home.  Whether you reside in it yourself or you rent it out, the upkeep can be costly.  Grants for home repair and maintenance can help you keep your property value as high as possible by providing financial assistance for upgrades.

Your city’s department of development can provide information on available home grants.  One source of grant funds that homeowners are eligible for is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  This program allows cities to set aside a portion of their CDBG allocation for homeowners to make repairs and upgrades to their home.  These upgrades may be related to weatherization and energy-efficiency improvements.

Home grants are generally available to first time home buyer owners who meet income eligibility guidelines.  Some grant programs require the homeowner to actually reside in the home to be eligible for funds.  Others allow the funds to be used for properties with renters if the renters meet additional eligibility criteria.  This can include years of rental, annual income, or disabling conditions.

Grants for home modifications are also available if there is an individual with a disability living in the home.  These grants are available through local nonprofit disability organizations who offer assistance to the public.  They receive funds from foundations who expect the nonprofit to use their expertise to award grants to local residents who need accessibility modifications made to home to continue to live independently.  Modifications include installing wheelchair ramps, widening doorways, and installing rails in hallways and the bathroom to prevent falls.  If the individual who needs these modifications is a renter rather than a homeowner, temporary modifications can be made with the homeowner’s permission.

Individuals can also apply directly to foundations who provide grants for home modifications the allow residents to remain independent.  These foundations provide grants directly to individuals and require the individual to have a medical or disability condition to be eligible for financial assistance. Individuals who apply for these home grants should be prepared to provide a letter from their doctor briefly describing their situation without being invasive.  The foundation will not require medical records but they need documentation to verify the need for modifications.

There are several ways for first time home buyer to get grants for home repairs and modifications. Home grants do not have to be paid back as long as you use the money as indicated in your grant request.  Individuals who receive home grants may have to get prior approval from the grantor before making expenditures.  Funders may want to approve contractors or costs associated with repairs and modifications.

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