Housing and Community Development Department

Home Repair Programs

The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) provides home repair assistance through two programs: (1) Home Repair Program, and (2) the Disaster Recovery Home Repair Program. Each program has separate eligibility requirements which homeowners must meet to qualify for assistance. Please note, the programs are designed to only address “habitability” repairs needed to alleviate threats to the health, life and/or safety of the homeowner.

HCDD offers assistance for minor, moderate and substantial repairs or reconstruction for detached single-family residences within the city. This program serves low- and moderate-income households below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and prioritizes households that have a head or co-head of household that is: 1) employed with minor children, 2) elderly, 3) has a disability, or 4) providing full-time care to a household member with a disability.

There are three basic qualifications, all of which are required for program eligibility:

1. You must be the recorded owner and occupy the home as your primary residence.*

2. Your property taxes must be current or on an approved payment plan in good standing.

3. You must meet income qualifications.

If you qualify, upon the completion of the application, your home will be inspected to determine the level of repairs your residence is eligible to receive (additional documents may be required).

The owner of the residence and all adult household members aged 18 and over must provide legible copies of the documents listed below. Once your application is completed, signed and dated by all adult household members, please attach legible copies of these documents for processing:

1. Copy of valid State of Texas Driver’s license, passport or valid non-driver picture identification card with current address

2. Proof of income from all sources for all adult (18 and older) household members (two pay stubs or current awards letter or certification of zero income form)

Please click on the application link below and return your application and documents by mail, fax or email.

Mail to:

City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department
601 Sawyer Street, Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77007
Attention: Home Repair Program

Or Fax to: 832.395.9660 (Please include your address in the subject line.)

Or Email to: homerepair@houstontx.gov

Please include your address in the subject line of the application.

* An exception to owner-occupied requirement will be made as provided on Page 4 of the application.


HOME REPAIR PROGRAM
The Housing and Community Development Department Home Repair Program has contracted with Rebuilding Together Houston to complete minor home repairs which assist elderly or disabled households with incomes below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). The program provides vital roofing, plumbing, electrical and heating repairs or system replacement to alleviate life, health or safety hazards. Additional enhancements such as scraping, painting, caulking and repairs to exterior sidings, doors, windows and handrails may be made if deemed impactful to habitability.

The service area is city wide: Harris Country – City of Houston; Brazoria County – City of Houston; Fort Bend County – City of Houston

Priority is given to the Mayor’s designated Complete Community areas: Acres Homes, Gulfton, Second Ward, Near Northside, Third Ward.

Ineligible property types for roof repair include, but are not limited to, vacant single-family homes, condominiums, cooperatives, mobile homes, rental properties, townhomes and multifamily structures.

For more information regarding the Home Repair Program application, application process and/or documents required, contact the Housing and Community Development Department Call Center at: 832.394.6200.


HOME REPAIR PROGRAM – Disaster Recovery 2015 Flood Events

The Home Repair Program will assist in the repair of homes damaged in the 2015 Memorial Day and 2015 Halloween Weekend flood events. HUD announced the award of $87 million to the City of Houston to address unmet housing, infrastructure and business needs in the areas recovering from those two flood events. $12 million is allocated to assist with home repairs needed to restore flood-damaged homes to decent, safe and sanitary living condition.

The program will provide home repair assistance to homes where the household income is no more than 80% of the Area Median Family Income. The focus will be on age-dependent and disabled households affected by the 2015 flood events. “Age-dependent” households are those with residents age 65 and older or age 5 and under. The program is limited to single-family homes and the home must be the owner’s primary residence.

The maximum cost of repairs in the Tier II (Rehabilitation) category cannot exceed $65,000 per house, including approved change orders and any other applicable costs. Homes requiring repairs that (i) exceed $65,000 or (ii) exceed 50% of the value of the structure immediately before the damage occurred (as such value is determined in accordance with applicable regulations) are deemed not suitable for Rehabilitation and may qualify for Reconstruction assistance, or the Tier III category. Homes that qualify for Reconstruction will be demolished and reconstructed on the same site.

HCDD Staff will solicit applications through targeted outreach utilizing lists of known homeowners/addresses directly affected by 2015 flood events. The lists will come from sources such as: Nonprofits/Case Management Organizations, FEMA, Office of Emergency Management, and other entities as deemed appropriate by HCDD.

For more information regarding the Home Repair Program application, application process and/or documents required, contact the Housing and Community Development Department Call Center at: 832.394.6200.


DISASTER RECOVERY HOME REPAIR PROGRAM

We are excited about the great work our department is doing throughout Houston and are proud of the services we offer. We are nearing the completion of Round 2 of our Disaster Recovery Program, and we will have repaired or rebuilt over 275 single-family homes and 1,088 multifamily housing units by the end of the program. We are no longer accepting new applications for the Disaster Recovery Home Repair Program, and there are no waiting lists.


HOME REPAIR PROGRAM ANNUAL QUALIFICATION PACKET
General Contractors: Please click on the link below to access the Home Repair Program Annual Qualification Packet.

Please submit original documents to:

City of Houston Housing and
Community Development Department
Attn: Clarence Moton
601 Sawyer, Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77007

To register as a vendor with the City of Houston visit: purchasing.houstontx.gov/guide.html


ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE

We recognize that, unfortunately, there are still citizens in need of assistance and resources are limited. Should you need immediate assistance, please consider the following agencies:

Harris County Community Services
Attention: Home Repair
713.578.2059

Sheltering Arms
713.685.6577

Houston Habitat for Humanity
713.671.9993

Houston Habitat for Humanity ReStore
713.643.1100

RECONSTRUCTION / NEW CONSTRUCTION SINGLE-FAMILY CONTRACTORS
All construction activities must comply with the Single-Family Home Repair Construction Specifications, the Minimum Property Standards for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and New Construction, Aging-In-Place Design Standards, HUD Single-Family Housing Standards, Single-Family Elevation Design Standards, HUD CPD Green Building Retrofit Checklist, Single-Family Hazardous Materials Lead-Based Paint and Asbestos Containing Material Requirements, and Example of Minimum Specification Standards furnished by the City.

These work specifications, standards, checklist, and requirements are available below:

NEW HOME DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

New Home Development Program Guidelines (.pdf)

 

HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT FOR ALL HOME REPAIR PROGRAMS

Written complaints from the public related to activities or programs funded by the Housing and Community Development Department will receive careful consideration and will be answered in writing, or other effective method of communication, within 15 business days, when possible. Written complaints should be sent to:

Attn: Planning and Grants Management

City of Houston
Housing and Community Development Department
601 Sawyer Street, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77007


HOW TO FILE AN APPEAL FOR ALL HOME REPAIR PROGRAMS
The appeals process allows an applicant or contractor to request further review on a decision made about their application or file. If you choose to appeal, the following describes your obligations regarding filing the appeal.

Timing of the Appeal: The appeal documentation must be received by the Appeal Coordinator within 30 days written notice of a decision has been provided.

What is needed for your Appeal: The Appeal must include the following:

  1. Your name
  2. Your current mailing address
  3. The street address of the property or primary residence listed on the application
  4. Your application number
  5. Copies of all supporting documentation the Appeal Coordinator should consider with your appeal
  6. A specific explanation of the reason(s) of your disagreement with the decision

Address for Mailing of the Appeal: The Appeal must be sent to the following address:
Mailing Address
Housing and Community Development Department
Home Repair Program
Attn: Appeal Coordinator
601 Sawyer Street, Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77007

Limitations on your Appeal: Only one appeal is permitted. No documents or supplemental information will be accepted after the expiration of the appeal deadline.