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Home Repair Loans and Grants

Rural Development programs ensure homeowners who live in rural American have access to the financial resources they need to maintain their home in livable condition, especially as they age and when repairs are needed following a crisis.

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Click Here for our one page Pre-Application Worksheet. Easy instructions and the required release form are attached. After you print and complete the form, mail or fax it to the USDA Rural Development office that serves the county where the home is located. We will review your basic information and contact you quickly to let you know which USDA home loan programs you may qualify for.A list of USDA Rural Development Contacts in Tennessee is available online.

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Answers
to Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for a Home Repair Grant?
To qualify for a home repair grant the applicant must be 62 or older, who cannot afford to pay back a home repair loan at a one-percent interest rate.

Grant applicants must also meet family income limits and the home muct be in an eligible rural area.

Am I eligible for a Home Repair loan?
Eligibility for our home repair loans is based on adjusted family income and the home muct be in an eligible rural area.

Is my home eligible?
Use our online Address Search to find out if the is in an eligible area. You may also contact us and we will check the address for you. A list of USDA Rural Development Contacts in Tennessee is available online.

What may the money be used for?
Our home repair loans and grants help very low income homeowners remove health and safety hazards, make needed repairs, and improve accessibility. Typical improvements include things like roof repair or replacement, insulation improvements, purchase or repair of a heating and cooling system, structural repairs, water/sewer connections, adding ramps, and other similar uses.

How much can I borrow?
The maximum outstanding loan amount cannot be more than $20,000.The maximum lifetime grant assistance is $7,500. Loan and grant assistance to a homeowner may not total more than $20,000.

What is the interest rate and payback period for home repair loans?
The Interest rate for a Rural Development Home Repair Loan is one-percent (1%). Repayment may be spread over a 20 year period to make monthly payments more affordable. There is no penalty for early payment. Grants do not have to be repaid if the recipient owns the home for at least three years after the grant is made.

Is there a deadline to apply?
No. You can apply whenever you are ready. Home repair loans and grants are made year round as long as funding is available.

How long does the application process take?
The time it takes will vary depending on your circumstances. Contact us for details. A list of USDA Rural Development Contacts in Tennessee is available online.

How do I get started?
Contact the USDA Rural Development Area Office serving the county where you live. We will assist you through the application process from start to finish. A list of USDA Rural Development Contacts in Tennessee is available online.