Kenya Brown 704-336-7844
The City of Charlotte’s Safe Home Housing Rehabilitation Program assists low-income homeowners by completing repairs to minimum housing code violations. The program includes limited improvements to visual exteriors, lead-based paint eradication and corrections to other hazards that may affect the health and safety of the occupants. Repairs may include, but are not limited to, replacement or repair of roofs, electrical, plumbing, flooring, structural repairs, windows, doors, exterior painting, and kitchen and bathroom repairs.
The assistance provided under Safe Home is in the form of a grant not to exceed $42,000. To ensure affordability, a Deed Restriction is placed on the property from five to 15 years, depending on the cost of the rehabilitation. Homeowners over the age of 62 who do not wish to encumber their home with lengthy deed restrictions and are willing to make only essential repairs may choose the Senior Citizen Essential Repair option under the Safe Home Program. Repairs under this program are limited to:
- Code Violations
- Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC
Maximum assistance under Senior Citizen Essential Repair is $15,000. Work up to $10,000 does not require a Deed Restriction. Applicants over age 62 have the choice of the Safe Home Program or Safe Home Senior Citizen Essential Repair.
Emergency Repair Program: The Emergency Repair Program assists low-income households for whom property damage poses an imminent health risk or can put residents at risk (e.g., sewer backup, HVAC failures, tree limb falling on roof, electrical emergency). There is no time-based deed restriction with this program; the City performs an income check to confirm financial eligibility. An assessment of the property damage is performed within 24 hours of a request to the City of Charlotte, and contractors are on site to complete repairs within 47 to 72 hours. Damage repair costs are capped at $7,500. Emergency repairs are funded from local dollars.
Funding for Prevention Work:
The program is funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Number of Clients Served Annually:
150 to 200 households are served annually across all programs.
Homelessness Prevention Partner Organizations:
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlotte