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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING DEPARTMENT

220 West Willow Street, Building B
Lafayette LA 70501

Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 337-291-8000
Email: DP@LafayetteLA.gov

DIRECTOR: Mary Sliman

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING 
Housing Rehabilitation Programs

 

HOUSING REHABILITATION GRANT PROGRAM

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, CDP 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. The LCG, CDP maintains 4 homes that are available to Housing Rehabilitation Program participants during the rehabilitation of their home; and
  • Applicant must meet HUD income guidelines
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:
  • Age;
  • Length of residency;
  • Handicap or Disability;
  • Efforts to maintain your property; and
  • Length of time spent on the program waiting list.

The higher the applicant’s priority rating, the sooner the rehabilitation work will begin.

Participant Obligations

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.

Summary of the housing rehabilitation process:

  1. Application:  Call 291-7357, or email housingrehab@lafayettela.gov
  2. Homeowner counseling
  3. Inspection of your home
  4. Cost estimate/work write-up
  5. Contract signing
  6. Temporary relocation of homeowner
  7. Rehabilitation work begins
  8. Follow-up inspection of home
  9. Mortgage Cancellation (after 15 years)

If you are interested in applying for the LCG, CDP Housing Rehabilitation, please click on the link below, complete the form and then click “Submit”.  The CD Program Specialist will contact you once the form has been reviewed.

 Housing Rehabilitation Pre-Application Form

RAMP GRANT PROGRAM

The program’s objective is to assist homeowners in accessibility to their single-family, owner-occupied houses.  Handicap accessibility is necessary in order to improve the quality of life for many individuals.

To be eligible for assistance, a house must be structurally sound as determined by a housing code inspection.

Program qualification requirements are:

  • Applicant must reside in the home at the time they apply;
  • Applicant must own the property needing a ramp and have lived there for at least 3 years; and
  • Applicant must meet HUD income guidelines

Ramp Pre-Application Form

MINOR HOUSING REHABILITATION GRANT PROGRAM

The program’s objective is to assist homeowners in correcting minor deficiencies in their single-family, owner-occupied houses.  Minor rehabilitation assistance is provided for essential repairs to improve livability, prevent further deterioration, improve energy efficiency, and revitalize neighborhoods.

To be eligible for assistance, a house must be structurally sound as determined by a housing code inspection.  The Housing Rehabilitation Specialist shall make the determination as to which services are appropriate for each applicant based on the applicant’s needs and the condition of their house.

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 must have current homeowner’s insurance;
  • 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; and
  • Applicant must meet HUD income guidelines
A waiting list, consisting of priority ratings, determines when rehabilitation work will begin on an applicant’s home.  The minimum CDBG investment in any activity shall be $2,500.

Single systems activities eligible under this program:

Housing Rehab Single Systems

  Minor Housing Rehabilitation Pre-Application Form

SEWER GRANT PROGRAM

Bayou Vermilion District’s (BVD) Water Quality Department is currently working with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) with on-site sewer system inspection, education and outreach with the goal of improving the water quality in the Vermilion River.

Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government is partnering with BVD to assist eligible low-moderate income homeowners in making the necessary repairs to the system for it to work properly. This includes but is not limited to aerator, discharge pump, field lines, discharge lines and holding tank. All activities are subject to Inspector review in consultation with the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist.

Program qualification requirements are:
  • Applicant must reside in the home at the time they apply;
  • Applicant must own the property and have lived there for at least 3 years; and
  • Applicant must meet HUD income guidelines

 Sewer Pre-Application Form

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 & planning Department (CDp).