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Assistance for Landlords and Homeowners

posted Oct 4, 2012, 6:42 AM by Kayla Reidel

City of GR Awarded Money for
Grants to Landlords and Homeowners

 

The City of Grand Rapids has once again successfully been approved for a three-year grant from EPA to provide a lead hazard control program to benefit rental property owners and homeowners.

This grant money will positively impact our community to reduce lead exposure to children and all residents, add dollars to the local economy, improve and add value to our housing stock, and enhance the looks of housing.

The program is very similar to past grants with only slight variations. Here are some specifics on the assistance available to rental property owners and homeowners:

 

Assistance for Landlords

  • Rental property owners are eligible for grants up to $10,000 per unit. $4,000 for each additional unit in the building, up to four units. (Cost exceeding the maximum amounts must be covered by the owner to address all identified hazards.)
  • Owner co-pay required is $1,500 city-wide, $1,000 in primary target area.
  • Rental properties must be marketed to income qualified tenants for at least three years.
  • Preference is given to families with young children.
  • Rent limits will apply for three years.
  • Landlords or their maintenance staff must attend Renovate, Repair & Painting (RRP) training provided by the RPOA. (Check out the RPOA event schedule for the up and coming RRP training courses at --http://rpoaonline.org/rental-events/events-view.cfm. The RPOA RRP course is the least expensive in the State of Michigan.

Assistance for Homeowners

·         If there is a lead poisoned child in the home (= or > than 10.0 ug/dl) all repairs are made free

·         Homes without lead poisoned children are eligible for 0% interest loans, up to $12,000. Up to 50% of the total loan may be forgiven so long as payments are made on time and all program requirements are met.

·         Payments are spread out over 10 years.

·         Additional funds may also be available to address health and safety issues and energy efficiency.

 

Required Repairs

All identified hazards must be corrected under the grant program. Typical hazards addressed include chipping and peeling paint, window failure, structural failure, porch failure and other items in disrepair that might exacerbate conditions that contribute to paint and structural failure. New vinyl siding and windows are often the most viable solutions to these problems where permitted by Historic Preservation.

 

For More Information

The RPOA has retained Richard TenHoor to answer lead and grant related questions on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays except during training times which are planned currently once per month. Call 616-454-3385 to talk to Richard.  Also, if you see housing with chipping peeling or failing painted surfaces or otherwise in need of lead renovation, 

 

To Make a Grant Application

Download an application or call the Housing Rehabilitation Office at (616) 456-3030 to have one mailed to you. The URL on the search engine to access further information is: 

http://grcity.us/community-development/Pages/Lead-Hazard-Reduction.aspx

 

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