Comprehensive Residential Rehabilitation Programs
The purpose of this program is to provide financial and technical assistance to low income homeowners faced with an urgent housing repair situation. Eligibility is limited to owner-occupied homes within the City of Tucson, individuals or families of limited income or assets, with homes with hazardous and/or unsanitary conditions which threaten the life or health of their present occupants. The program focuses on two areas: Whole House Rehabilitation and Home Access. The program is administered by the City of Tucson and its contracting agencies DIRECT Center for Independence (DIRECT), Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (CHRPA), and Tucson Metropolitan Ministry (TMM).
The Whole House Rehabilitation program offers low interest/deferred loan program. The maximum loan rate is 2%. Up to 97.5% of the loan is deferred and forgiven if loan payments are made on time. These loans to have specific requirements which include a $250 origination fee and an $18 monthly processing fee. Both the origination fee and the processing fee are incorporated into the monthly payment.
There is a maximum loan amount of $40,000. For a $40,000 loan, the total monthly payment will range from $30 to $200, depending on the applicant’s income. The loans are administered by the Business Development Finance Corporation (BDFC), a local Tucson private, non-profit corporation. The rehabilitation project must be comprehensive and address all items identified in the Whole House Rehabilitation Report, partial rehabilitation projects will not be funded under the Whole House Rehabilitation Program.
Rehabilitation projects requiring in excess of $40,000 of CDBG funding will not be funded under the Program. Please see the City of Tucson Whole House Rehabilitation Program Requirement sheet for important details and information. Note: Mobile Homes are ineligible for this program.
The Home Access Program is a grant with a maximum amount of $5,000 per home. The program will remove barriers to safe access, allow a greater level of independent living, and reduce institutionalization for disabled persons through accessibility improvements. The program will be administered by DIRECT/CHRPA. Please see the Home Access Program Requirement sheet for important details and information.
The Lead Hazard Control Program (LHCP) is a community effort – administered by the City of Tucson with local agency partners. The program targets lead-based paint and its physiological effects in children under the age of six (6) years. The LHCP is designed to locate and address owner-occupied residential properties found to contain lead hazards.
Once such properties are identified, any and all children under the age of six (6) years who reside in or regularly visit these hazardous properties are referred to El Rio Health Center for FREE blood testing. Families may also use their own physicians and/or clinics. Eligible children determined to have ‘elevated blood levels’ (EBL) will be referred to local health providers for any available treatment and follow-up care.
Note: The Lead Hazard Control Program is NOT designed as a comprehensive, housing rehabilitation program, but rather one specifically developed to address the issue of lead hazards. The amount of housing rehabilitation provided, if any, will be strictly limited to those hazardous areas, as confirmed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified staff. Please see the Lead Hazard Control Program Requirement sheet for important details and information.