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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Helping Maintain the City's Aging Housing Stock

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Cleveland Heights takes great pride in its neighborhoods and housing stock and the City has a number of programs set up to help homeowners facing challenges with their home. In 2019, the Housing Preservation Office contributed more than $575,000 in housing programs that assisted homeowners in making impactful home repairs & improvements that help keep homes attractive and livable in addition to keeping neighborhoods attractive. Some of the housing /community projects the City assisted with this year include: rebuilding step units and porches, installing new roofs and gutters, garage repairs, sidewalk and driveway repairs, homes and garages re-painted, new energy efficient windows & doors installed, new kitchen and bathroom installed, new heating and cooling systems, plumbing /electrical updates, insulation, homes made lead safe for children. The City helped 21 residents make their homes safe from lead paint thanks to the Lead Paint Program. The City helped 28 of neighbors with exterior paint improvements; 20 homeowners who met the qualifications received assistance with violation repairs; and two types of loan programs were also made available if qualifications were met. For the first year of funding, the Strategic Impact Opportunity program (SIO) assisted 11 households with funds that helped with needed housing repairs and the correction of cited exterior housing violations. The SIO program has been a big help to homeowners who were not eligible for the City’s Exterior Paint & Violation Repair grants, which require that homeowners be at least age 62 or permanently disabled. All residents who participate in any City housing repair program must meet federal income guidelines. In addition to this large array of housing repair projects provided this year, the City also has an ongoing assistance program called Down Payment Assist whereby new homebuyers can receive help to fund the cost of buying their new Cleveland Heights home. For more information on eligibility requirements for any HPO program or help with a repair call 216-291-4869, 216-291-4880 or visit www.clevelandheights.com/194/Housing-Programs.

The Exterior Paint program provides up to $3,500 toward the cost of having a licensed contractor prepare and paint the house and garage. In addition, Cleveland Heights homeowners may be able to utilize the Violation Repair program which provides up to $1,000 towards a licensed contractor correcting needed repairs/violations cited at the home. The Exterior Paint & Violation Repair programs are available to owner-occupant homeowners aged 62+ or who are permanently disabled and meet the federally established income guidelines.

As a loan of last resort, homeowners may apply for an emergency loan of up to $7,500 from the Emergency Short Term Deferred Loan program. This loan program looks to correct emergency-related repairs needed to correct health-and-safety-related housing issues. Homeowners must qualify based on credit and income criteria. Applicants must meet the federally established income guidelines.

In partnership with the Cuyahoga County Health Department, the City of Cleveland Heights administers the Lead Safe Cuyahoga program that provides up to $9,000 to income-eligible households that include children age 5 years and younger. Lead Safe identifies hazardous lead paint issues at the home and looks to correct those issues through improvements such as replacing windows, doors, removing lead paint from porch floors, scraping and re-painting. Applicants must qualify based on asset & income criteria and also meet the federally established income guidelines.

The Strategic Impact Opportunity program (SIO) is a grant of up to $4,500 that aims to assist in exterior home repairs and improvements such as exterior paint and violation repairs. SIO is available to owner-occupant homeowners residing in specifically targeted neighborhoods who do not qualify for other City grant programs. Applicants must meet the federally established income guidelines.

The Deferred Loan & No Interest program provides up to $35,000 toward interior and exterior repairs of violations, housing updates and improvements along with correction of any lead-based paint issues through the possible installation of new windows and doors to make the home lead safe for children. Homeowners must qualify based on credit and income criteria and also meet the federally established income guidelines.

The Down Payment Assist program provides up to $10,000 to help income-eligible owner-occupant applicants with funds for additional down payment towards the purchase of a move-in ready Cleveland Heights home that is in compliance with the Housing Inspections Department. Applicants must qualify based on asset, income and credit criteria and also meet the federally established income guidelines.


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