The Housing Rehabilitation Program is designed to preserve existing housing and enhance the quality of the neighborhood by providing decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low- to moderate-income owner-occupied homeowners. Mobile homes qualify for limited assistance under this program. (Note: For the purposes of this policy, the definition of “mobile homes” means homes with permanent axles attached to facilitate their potential relocation. Mobile homes do not include “modular” or factory-built homes that are re-assembled on site and are intended to remain at that re-assembly location permanently.)
Rehabilitation is more complex to stage and manage than new construction because the project does not begin with a blank slate. The construction must coordinate with and respond to preexisting conditions, past modifications and mistakes, and the desires, concerns, safety, and (often) occupancy of owners and residents. The complexity of the rehabilitation process is further compounded by the interaction of numerous people involved in its execution.
The Housing Rehabilitation Program provides a mechanism for eligible homeowners to bring their eligible house into compliance with local codes and provide safe, decent housing for lower income individuals. The program has two major components:
• Minor Rehabilitation & Repairs
• Emergency Repairs
The Housing Rehabilitation Program is designed to bring the eligible homeowner’s dwelling into compliance with applicable, locally adopted housing rehabilitation standards to reduce ongoing and future maintenance costs, promote energy efficiency, and to preserve decent, affordable owner-occupied housing. This program is not intended to be used for homeowners who intend to sell their property upon completion of the project.
Program funds are issued to contractors that perform specified repairs to the dwellings of eligible homeowners. The Housing Rehabilitation Program eligibility criteria restrict assistance to qualified households and eligible dwelling units.
Goals of the Housing Rehabilitation Program
- Eliminate health and safety hazards in homes.
- Benefit low- to moderate-income residents.
- Improve neighborhoods and encourage long-term stability.
- Address energy efficiency issues.
The City’s Housing Rehabilitation Program is a federally funded program financed with funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Treasury and administered through the City of Texas City Community Development Department utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and American Rescue Plan funds that are used on projects for the rehabilitation of homeowner-occupied homes.
The funding for each fiscal year varies and is determined by the Texas City Commission. Availability of the Program depends on the amount of funds allocated to the City.