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Housing Rehabilitation Program

Project Goal

The goal of this project is to improve the quality of life in the Moshannon Valley through the rehabilitation of single family, owner-occupied dwelling units.

Description

  • Grant monies are available up to a proposed amount of $18,000.00
  • Applicants qualify for either a 90% or 100% grant based on total family income, based on HUD income guidelines.
  • Program addresses safety issues such as plumbing, heating, electrical wiring, etc.
  • Applicants are approved on a first come, first serve basis.

Housing Rehabilitation Process

  • Applications are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Homeowner must complete Pre-Application.
  • Homeowner completes Full Application.
  • Qualify for program per the HUD income guidelines, Very low income qualifies for a 100% grant and low/moderate income qualifies for a 90% grant. Maximum grant amount is $18,000.00.
  • All information that is submitted by the homeowner is verified.
  • All property taxes must be paid.
  • Must have homeowners insurance.
  • The home is then inspected and work write-up is done, which identifies all the safety issues that must be addressed (roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, etc.).
  • A pre-bid conference is scheduled. The work write-up is reviewed at the pre-bid conference. There are two dates scheduled when the contractor goes to the home to bid on the work. A bid opening is typically scheduled two weeks from the pre-bid conference.
  • The contractor who is the low bidder is awarded the job upon approval of the homeowner.
  • A 60-day contract is drawn up between the contractor and the homeowner. A meeting is conducted and all parties are present to discuss the work and the paper work is signed.
  • The housing inspector examines the home throughout the construction phase to confirm all work is being done to meet specifications.
  • A final inspection is done when the work is completed.
  • Upon the final inspection, the contractor is paid in full. The work is guaranteed for one year from the date of completion.
  • A five-year mortgage is placed on the home, and the borough/municipality is listed as an additional insured on the homeowner’s insurance policy.

How to Apply

Please complete enclosed preliminary application if you meet the program parameters and return to M.V.E.D.P., 200 Shady Lane, Philipsburg, PA 16866. If you should have any questions or need help completing the application, please contact the MVEDP at (814) 342-2260.

Eligible Use of Rehabilitation Funds

The Pennsylvania DCA Housing Rehabilitation Program Guidelines are used as the minimum standards. Following is a general list of improvements that can be addressed:

  • Sanitary Facilities
  • Plumbing
  • Water Supply
  • Heating
  • Illumination and Electricity
  • Structural Soundness (roofs, foundation, walls, ceilings, steps, etc.)
  • Adequate Food Preparation Facilities and Storage Area
  • Sanitary Conditions
  • Lead-Based Paint
  • Adequate Space and Security
  • Interior Air Quality
  • Energy Conservation

Correction of potential future code violations may be permitted under the Rehabilitation Program. As an example, if a roof has a few leaks that could be patched, but it is likely that the roof will develop more leaks in the near future, it is cost efficient and proper to replace the entire roof.

Every attempt will be made to preserve the character and historical value of each structure by repairing or replacing, in kind, certain architectural amenities if at all possible.

Grants will not be used for the following:

  • Amenities to the property such as building of fireplaces, landscaping, lawn ornaments, barbecues, swimming pools
  • Repairs to commercial property
  • Land acquisition

 

Parameters

Single Family, Owner Occupied

Target Area

Clearfield County:

Townships: Decatur, Morris, Cooper
Boroughs: Chester Hill, Osceola Mills, Wallaceton

Centre County:

Boroughs: Philipsburg
Township: Rush

Eligibility

Very-low and low-moderate income families per HUD Section 8 income guidelines. Families served on a first-come, first-serve basis only.

Financial Assistance

For very-low income families, a 100% grant, not to exceed $18,000. For low-moderate income families, a 90% grant not to
exceed $18,000.

Application Forms (PDF format)

Centre County

Clearfield County