COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs is reopening its residential rehabilitation grant program to preserve affordable single-family housing stock for very low to extremely low-income households. The residential rehabilitation program helps preserve housing affordability by lowering maintenance costs, improving energy efficiency, and allowing senior residents to comfortably remain in their homes for as long as possible. In addition to providing much-needed assistance to low-income homeowners, this program also aims to strengthen neighborhood stability, eliminate lead-based paint hazards, and prevent the spread of blight.
The city has contracted with Front Range housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment Inc. to manage the program, which is federally funded with $500,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The work includes making essential repairs to major systems, correcting substandard or unsafe conditions, removing mobility barriers for the disabled, and improving energy efficiency. It is anticipated that 50-65 home projects will be completed by the end of March 2019, and Brothers will continue to offer emergency water, sewer and heating system repairs through this program.
Over the past three years, Brothers has worked with the city’s community development division on the Emergency Repair Program, making repairs to critical building systems that have failed, including sewer line, hot water heater and furnace repair. In 2017, more than 50 households in Colorado Springs, and 12 in unincorporated El Paso County, benefitted from the program.
Under the new program, priority will be given to households with elderly homeowners or disabled family members. Income-qualified households will be contacted by a housing rehabilitation coordinator to schedule an initial home inspection. All applications are subject to availability of grant funds and will be funded on a first come-first served basis.
Eligible residents include homeowners whose total household incomes are at or below the 50-percent area median income (AMI), which is $38,850 for a family of four. The home must be the owner’s primary residence, lie within city limits and have a value that does not exceed $251,750, as stated on the El Paso County Assessor Public Record Search.
Low-income renters may also apply for barrier removal. Eligible applicants must be current on rent and not subject to an eviction proceeding. All modifications will require the approval of the property owner or the property owner’s authorized agent.
An open and competitive bidding process will be initiated by Brothers to create a list of qualified, licensed and insured contractors to carry out projects under the program. Interested contractors may contact Brothers to subscribe to this list.
More information on eligibility and the application process is available on coloradosprings.gov and brothersredevelopment.org. Residents can download an application from the city website or request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 844-926-6632. Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 or 800-659-3656 Relay Colorado (voice) or 800-659-2656 (TTY).