Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Grants are funded directly by the
Government. A grant is available to dwelling owner/occupant who is 62 years of age
or older. Funds may only be used for repairs or improvements to remove health and
safety hazards, or to complete repairs to make the dwelling accessible for household
members with disabilities. The amount of the grant is based on the applicant's
ability to repay and must be used in conjunction with the Repair
and Rehabilitation Loan. The lifetime maximum grant amount is $7,500.
Purpose: The Very Low-Income Housing Repair program provides loans and grants to very
low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their dwellings or to remove health
and safety hazards.
Eligibility: To obtain a loan, homeowner-occupants must be unable to
obtain affordable credit elsewhere and must have very low incomes, defined as below 50
percent of the area median income. They must need to make repairs and improvements to make
the dwelling more safe and sanitary or to remove health and safety hazards. Grants are
only available to homeowners who are 62 years old or older and cannot repay a Section 504
Terms: Loans of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $7,500 are
available. Loans are for up to 20 years at 1 percent interest. A real estate mortgage is
required for loans of $2,500 or more. Full title services are required for loans of $7,500
or more. Grants may be recaptured if the property is sold in less than three years. Grant
funds may be used only to pay for repairs and improvements resulting in the removal of
health and safety hazards. A grant/loan combination is made if the applicant can repay
part of the cost. Loans and grants can be combined for up to $27,500 in assistance.
Standards: Repaired properties do not need to meet other
requirements, but the installation of water and waste systems and related fixtures must
meet local health department requirements. Water supply and sewage disposal systems should
normally meet HCFP requirements. Not all the health and safety hazards in a home must be
removed with Section 504 funds, provided that major health and safety hazards are removed.
All work must meet local codes and standards.
Approval: The Rural Development County Supervisor should make a
decision on an application within 30 to 60 days of receiving it if no backlog exists.
Basic Instruction:7 CFR Part 3550 and HB2-3550