Housing Rehabilitation Grant Program
This is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Funds are designated for improvements to older neighborhoods, and administered by the Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government (LCG) Community Development Department.
The objective of the housing rehabilitation program is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing to low income residents in Lafayette, to ensure that homes meet all standards of the International Property Maintenance Code, and to preserve older neighborhoods.
All work is handled by LCG crews to ensure a quality finished project. When is has been determined that a household qualifies for the program, they will be considered for a grant up to $25,000.00.
Priority ratings determine placement on the waiting list. Priority points are awarded in the following areas:
The higher the priority rating, the sooner the rehabilitation could take place.
Obligations of the Recipient: Rehabilitation grants are awarded in the form of a conditional grant. This means that the loan requires no pay back (deferred loan) unless the property is sold, rented, leased or otherwise alienated for value within ten years after rehab takes place. After ten years, the grant obligation is canceled.
If the grant recipient dies within the ten years, the grant will not have to be repaid.
Relocation/Moving Grant Program - The Lafayette Consolidated Government maintains four homes within the target neighborhoods that are available to all grant recipients during the rehabilitation of their home. Most are handicap accessible and all are equipped with central heating and air conditioning. Utilities and the use of a telephone are furnished. There is no cost for any of these services.
A moving grant, which covers cost incurred during the relocation process, is also awarded to all recipients. The rehabilitation process takes approximately three to six months.
Housing rehab clients receive counseling during this entire process.
The Rehabilitation Process
Demolition Grant Program: This program is also federally funded through HUD. Owners of property may qualify provided: 1) the property is located within the target area and has been unoccupied for at least 1year, and 2) the owner must meet income guidelines (see below).
At no cost to the owner, this grant allows for the removal of abandoned, dilapidated houses, sheds and garages that are decayed and beyond repair.
A $10,000 maximum amount is available for demolition of residential property.
When a commercial building is being considered for a demolition grant the owner must have owned the property for at least 3 years. The maximum amount of grant funds that may be allocated to the demolition of a commercial building is $4,000.
Recipients of demolition grants are not indebted to the Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government in any way. The owner is free to enter into any type of legal transaction regarding their property.
The housing staff determines eligibility and provides counseling before the actual demolition takes place.
Questions concerning demolition grants may be directed to (337) 291-8423.
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