MINOR HOUSING REHABILITATION GRANT PROGRAM
The Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government’s (LCG) Minor Housing Rehabilitation Program is funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). This program is managed by the LCG, Community Development Department (CDD).
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 the following HUD income guidelines
*2019 Income Guidelines
Family Size Income Limits
*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:
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.
The Rehabilitation Process
The rehabilitation process takes approximately three to six 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, as necessary
Rehabilitation work begins
Follow-up inspection of home
Other Information and Requirements
The level of work on each house shall be determined by a Housing Code Inspection and the professional judgement of the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist. Program activities are limited to those eligible in accordance with Federal regulations (24 CFR 570.202).
Participants in minor rehabilitation programs will be limited to once every twelve (12) months. Additionally, applicants are eligible to participate in each single system program only once. An applicant who has received single system assistance shall receive a lower priority rating than applicants who have not yet received any type of rehabilitation assistance.
Priority in all programs shall be given to physically disabled applicants with the highest priority given to applicants with substantial physical impediments.
The minimum CDBG investment in any activity shall be $2,500.
**Elderly applicants (62+), the physically disabled and those with incomes below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) are eligible for grants; applicants with incomes between 50% - 80% of AMI and all other applicants are only eligible for low-interest loans.
Single systems activities eligible under this program:
- Roof Repair/Replacement (Maximum $7,500) A roof system is integral to maintaining the structure of a house. Therefore, if an applicant’s roof is in need of replacement/repair, the applicant will not be eligible for other rehabilitation assistance until the roof has been addressed. Minor deficiencies to soffit and fascia will be repaired as part of this activity.
- Handicap Accessibility (Maximum $15,000) Handicap accessibility is necessary in order to improve the quality of life for many individuals. Eligible activities include the installation of handicap ramps and bathroom accessibility improvements, space permitting.
- Painting Assistance (Maximum $7,500) Houses constructed prior to 1978 shall be tested for the presence of lead-based paint. Houses exceeding the maximum threshold for the presence of lead-based paint shall not be eligible for painting assistance. Painting assistance shall include pressure-washing, painting and minor carpentry necessary to replace deteriorated exterior surfaces. Applicants in need of roof replacement/repair shall not be eligible for painting assistance until the roof has been adequately addressed. Unless brick or vinyl/coil trim were previously painted prior to application for assistance, such surfaces shall not be painted.
- Electrical Panel Boxes (Maximum $7,500) Eligible expenses are limited to replacement of breaker panel, meter base and overhead service pipe.
- Bathroom Rehabilitation (Maximum $7,500) Deterioration resulting from plumbing issues will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Eligibility will be determined based on the cause and extent of damage to the bathroom.
- Sewer Plants/Septic Systems (Maximum $4,000) Repair/upgrade and servicing of an existing Health Department-approved system is 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.
- Add-On Services – Add-on services are only available in conjunction with other single system activities.
- Safety Improvements – Activities include the replacement of exterior doors and door locks, installation of handrails and grab bars, replacement of concrete steps, provision and installation of smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, and provision of fire extinguishers.
- Energy Efficiency Improvements – Repair/replacement of window screens and weather stripping, and installation of attic insulation.