public-works-department

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

705 W. University Avenue
Lafayette LA 70502

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 337-291-8400
Email: HConway@LafayetteLA.gov

DIRECTOR: Hollis Conway

 

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
 

​*2019 Income Guidelines
​Family Size         ​Income Limits
​1 ​                          $37,450
​2 ​                          $42,800
​3 ​                          ​$48,150
​4 ​                          $53,500
​5 ​                          $57,800
​6 ​                          $62,100
​7 ​                          $66,350​
​8 ​                          $70,650

​ ​*annually subject to change

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.

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:

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

If you are interested in applying for the LCG, CDD 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.