Housing Rehabilitation Grant Program
The Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government's (LCG) Housing Rehabilitation Program is funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Entitlement Grants. This program is managed by the LCG, Community Development Department (CDD). The program's objective is to renovate the homes of income qualifying, owner-occupied, single-family detached homes (mobile homes are not eligible). The program operates within the jurisdiction of the LCG (the City of Lafayette and unincorporated regions of Lafayette Parish). Rehabilitation work conducted addresses housing code violations, ADA compliance, sewer needs, and energy conservation. Housing reconstruction is allowed in accordance with applicable federal regulations. Once an applicant's eligibility has been determined, the applicant will receive consideration for a deferred payment loan of up to $30,000 and labor provided by a LCG, CDD carpentry crew.
Program qualification requirements are:
Applicant must reside in the home at the time they apply and while on the waiting list;
Applicant must own the property requiring rehabilitation and have lived there for at least 3 years;
Applicant's home must not be located in an existing or proposed FEMA flood zone;
Applicant's home must be free of lead paint and asbestos;
Applicant must be willing to relocate while the rehabilitation work is being conducted; and
Applicant must meet the following HUD income guidelines (See Below)
A waiting list, consisting of priority ratings, determines when rehabilitation work will begin on an applicant’s home. Priority points are awarded for the following:
Handicap or Disability;
Efforts to maintain your property;
Length of residency at your address; and
Length of time spent on the program waiting list.
The higher the applicant's priority rating, the sooner the rehabilitation work will begin.
Rehabilitation grants are awarded as conditional grants (deferred payment loans). As such, program participants are not indebted to the LCG unless their property is sold, rented, or not used as their personal primary residence for fifteen years after the rehabilitation work has been completed. At the end of fifteen years, the participant is cleared of all program obligations and is free to enter into any type of legal transaction regarding the assisted property.
Relocation/Moving Grant Program
The LCG, CDD maintains 4 homes that are available to Housing Rehabilitation Program participants during the rehabilitation of their home. Most are handicap accessible and all are equipped with central heating and air conditioning. Utilities and telephone services are provided by the LCG. The relocation process is provided free of charge to program participants. A moving grant is also awarded to all program participants. This grant covers the costs of moving to and from the LCG’s relocation unit.
The Rehabilitation Process
The rehabilitation process takes approximately six to twelve weeks. The CD Program Specialist will assist program participants during the entire rehabilitation process should any problems occur.
Summary of the housing rehabilitation process:
Inspection of your home
Cost estimate/work write-up
Temporary relocation of homeowner
Rehabilitation work begins
Follow-up inspection of home
Mortgage Cancellation (after 15 years)
Demolition Grant Program
Funded by HUD's CDBG Entitlement Grant program, the LCG, CDD Housing Division provides demolition grants to income-qualifying owners of dilapidated residential and commercial properties within the jurisdiction of the LCG (the City of Lafayette and unincorporated regions of Lafayette Parish). The grant limit for the complete demolition of residential structures is $15,000 (additional funding may be available if the removal of asbestos is involved). The grant limit for the complete demolition of commercial structures is $4,000. Applicants must have clear title to the property requiring demolition.
The LCG, CDD CD Program Specialist will determine each applicant's income eligibility. Residential properties must have been unoccupied for at least 90 days prior to the grant application. Applicants for commercial demolition must have owned their property for at least 3 years. Recipients of demolition grants are not indebted to the LCG. The owners of properties on which structures have been demolished are free to enter into any type of legal transaction regarding the assisted property.
Income Limits for the Housing Rehabilitation and Demolition Programs
Planning, Zoning, and Development Codes – Housing Inspections
Complaints, Condemnation, & Demolitions - (337) 291-8425
Tall Grass - (337) 291-8518
Lafayette Police Department
Junk Vehicles - (337) 291-8125
Planning, Zoning, and Development
Land Use, Development, Zoning Variances, Residential & Commercial Building Permits - (337) 291-8445
Lafayette Utilities Systems
Connect/Disconnect Utilities - (337) 291-8281
Public Information - (337) 291-5822
Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette, LA
Housing Authority – (337) 233-1327
Section 8 – (337) 232-3515
Republic Services of Acadiana
Scott, Allied Waste Division – Bulk Waste (337) 232-5730
Joel Robideaux, Mayor-President
Kevin Naquin, District 1
Jay Castille, District 2
Patrick Lewis, District 3
Kenneth P. Boudreaux, District 4
Jared Bellard, District 5
Bruce Conque, District 6
Nanette Cook, District 7
Liz Webb-Hebert, District 8
William G. Theriot, District 9
LCG, CDD Housing Staff
Shanea' Nelson, Director
Diane Branham, Housing & Federal Programs Manager
Jake Miller, Housing Rehabilitation Specialist
Kevin Roy, Housing Rehabilitation Specialist
Desiree’ McCann, CD Program Specialist
LCG, Community Development Department