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Health and Safety Home Repair Grant Program

Published on: 12/5/2014 3:22 PM
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The County is not accepting Rehabilitation Program Applications at this time.

PROGRAM PURPOSE
The goal of the Health and Safety Home Repair Program, (the “Program”) is to maintain the existing supply of affordable housing and to provide financial assistance to homeowners who lack sufficient resources to make needed repairs to bring the property up to decent, safe, and sanitary, health, and safety code as defined in the Health and Safety Code Section 50096 and Section 50097.  The Program is not intended to remodel homes but to conserve and preserve the existing housing stock in the Urban County.

FUNDING

This program will be offered for a limited amount of time based on the availability of funds.  Funding is not guaranteed.  Applicants will be evaluated based on eligibility and need.
 
 
CONDITIONS
 
The Health and Safety Home Repair Grant Program offers  Conditional Grants.  Grant funds are forgiven 1/3 per year for three years as long as the home is maintained as the owners primary residence and not sold within the first three years of signing a Grant Agreement with the County. After three years the Grant is forgiven.
 
 
ELIGIBLE JURISDICTIONS

The following Conditional Grant programs will fund one-time grants for low and very-low income homeowners whose homes are located in the Urban County Eligible Jurisdictions and consist of:
 
  • Campbell,
  • Los Altos,
  • Los Altos Hills,
  • Los Gatos,
  • Morgan Hill,
  • Monte Sereno,
  • Saratoga, and
  • Unincorporated Areas of the County of Santa Clara.
 
  
ELIGIBLE PROPERTY TYPES

Owner-Occupied  (must live in home or in one half of duplex):
 
·    Single-family,
·    Duplex , or
·    Mobile Home
 
 
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
 
Low-income, Owner-occupants of a mobile home, single-family home, or duplex, whose gross annual income does not exceed 80% of the Santa Clara County Area Median Income (AMI), adjusted for household size.
 
 
2014 Maximum Income Limits
 
  
​Household
Size
​1-person
2-persons
​3-persons ​4-persons ​5-persons ​6-persons ​7-persons
​Maximum
Income
​$57,050 ​$65,200 ​$73,350 ​$81,500 ​$88,050 ​$94,550 ​$101,100
 
 
The conditional grant programs below will cover those homes which do not require major rehabilitation and whose repairs are not covered by other housing rehabilitation programs.
 
GRANT DESCRIPTIONS
 
Certain improvements may be ineligible or beyond the scope of the County’s Health and Safety Home Repair Grant; a final determination will be given by the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist.
 
 
The Emergency Home Repair Grant Program:
 
Offers grants to eligible low-income households with urgent repair needs with a maximum grant amount up to $15,000.  An emergency is defined as a sudden, generally unexpected negative occurrence or set of circumstances demanding immediate attention.
 
Repairs under The Emergency Home Repair Grant Program are provided as a direct service to the household.  The Office of Affordable Housing (OAH)  will arrange for a pre-­qualified contractor to make the necessary repairs once eligibility for the program is established. 
 
 
The Accessibility Grant Program:
 
Offers technical and financial assistance to low income households with permanent disabilities and/or seniors to enhance mobility and access to the home.  The program will ensure that low-income seniors and specials needs clients receive funding to address needs such as ramps and grab bars with a maximum grant  amount up to $15,000.
 
 
The Healthy Home Repair Grant Program:
 
Offers broader home repair assistance to low and very-low income households who do not have the financial resources to correct essential critical health and/or safety repairs which have resulted in code violations with a maximum grant amount up to $20,000.
 
 
ELIGIBLE and INELIGIBLE REHAB GRANT REPAIRS
Click HERE for a list of Eligible and Ineligible Rehab Grant Repairs.
 

Upon receipt of a complete grant application package, the application will be reviewed for eligibility by a Housing Management Analyst.  If the Management Analyst approves the application for eligibility the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist will make an appointment with the applicant to determine the necessary repairs and start a create a work write up.  The application will then be presented to the County Housing Loan Committee for final approval or denial.

 

Cancellation/Denial

On occasion, Housing Staff may need to cancel or deny a loan or grant application. Once the application is cancelled or denied, the applicant must wait one full year from the date of cancellation to reapply for a Housing loan and/or grant.  Causes for cancellation would include but are not limited to:
 

·    Failure to respond in timely manner (31 days from the date of the written request from the Department)

 
  • Disposition of property
  • Defective Title  
  • Failure to meet County guidelines
  • Failure to accept Deed Restrictions
  • Failure to provide necessary documents