This program is made possible by the federal Community Development Block Grant Program. A grant of up to $6,000.00 is available per owner occupied home to assist with
specific home repairs that eliminate conditions that are detrimental to the safety, and health of the residents.
Eligible repairs include but are not limited to the following:
- Faulty roofs: Serious roof problems due to wind, tree damage, fire, etc that threatens the safety or health of the residents.
- Heating system in winter:( October,1st to May, 15th ) A homeowners heating system breaks down and requires repair or replacement.
- Air conditioning in summer: ( May 16th to September, 30th ) with a written letter from a licensed physician stating that air conditioning is medically required.
- Electrical problem: A inadequate electrical problem that creates either a fire or safety hazard.
- Plumbing problems: The plumbing system in the home needs immediate repair to avoid serious water damage to the structure, or a water utility must be replaced on the home in order to maintain a clean, safe source of water.
The house must be a single-family dwelling located within the city limits of Parkersburg, and be owner occupied. Eligible participants must be at or below 60% of the area median income. Both income, and assets will be verified in most cases before an emergency home repair project will be started. The total household income is a combined income of every person living in the home, and cannot exceed the following:
2014 Income Guidelines
Number of persons in household – Maximum adjusted gross income
1 – $30,100
2 – $34,400
3 – $38,700
4 – $42,950
5 – $46,400
6 – $49,850
7 – $53,300
8 – $56,700
Ineligible repairs include but are not limited to the following:
- Any repairs of a cosmetic nature.
- Any repairs to storage buildings, garages, or any other structure not attached to the living unit.
- Any general maintenance such as changing furnace filters, service calls for any repair technician.
- Minor plumbing repairs such as leaking faucets, running toilet tank, water or gas leaking due to a loose connection, clogged sink or bathtub drain line, etc.
- Any physical activities such as removal of trash and debris, landscaping of any kind, grass cutting, painting, etc.
Basic criteria of the Emergency Home Repair Program
The program is designed to assist low and very low income homeowners (as defined by the U.S Department of HUD) on an emergency repair for their household on a first-come, first-serve, basis. Assistance will be provided in the form of a grant. Participants will not have to repay any portion of the grant. Once an emergency is discovered by the homeowner, the homeowner must complete the application form and turn it into the City of Parkersburg Development Department with documentation of income ( pay stub, w-2, etc.) During the time the Development Department is determining income eligibility, the Housing Inspector will assess damages, determine if repairs are eligible and start addressing the repair procedures according to the situation. Under no circumstance will Emergency repair assistance be provided if the housing inspector determines that the repairs needed are due to the homeowners negligence, failure to perform routine maintenance, or deficient service by an unlicensed person. All determinations of eligibility are left to the discretion of the Housing Inspector.
If you have any questions about the program please contact the City of Parkersburg Development Department at (304) 424-8452.
You may download an application here.