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.
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.
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.
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:
· 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):
· Duplex , or
· Mobile Home
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
Maximum Income Limits
Effective February 11, 2013
The conditional grant
programs below will cover those homes which do not require major
rehabilitation and whose repairs are not covered by other housing
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
resources to correct essential critical health and/or safety repairs
which have resulted in code violations with a maximum grant amount up
ELIGIBLE and INELIGIBLE REHAB GRANT REPAIRS
for a list of Eligible and Ineligible Rehab Grant Repairs.
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
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
FOR MORE INFORMATTION CONTACT:
Jennifer Mercado (408) 299-5713