Tampa Gives Up to $100,000 for Home Repairs to Qualifying Residents

Tampa Gives Up to 0,000 for Home Repairs to Qualifying Residents

Tampa Gives Up to 0,000 for Home Repairs to Qualifying Residents
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Tampa is providing up to $100,000 to residents for qualifying homes in need of urgent repairs. Renovations are being done through the Healthy Homes Program, which is funded by a $1.9 million federal grant from Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.

The city has enough financial resources to help at least 90 people.

To mobilize the financial resources, Tampa also invested $1 million from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to successfully repair homes.

“We hope to provide homeowners with peace of mind while the program’s funding covers costly repairs that will extend the life of these homes,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said in a news release.

To qualify for financial support, residents must:

  • Located within the city limits of Tampa
  • Owner of the home and living there for at least two years
  • Family income may not exceed 80% of the area median income (AMI)

Kayon Henderson is the city’s director of Housing and Community Development.

“The goal of the program is to identify homes that pose health risks and refine the process to really help the resident address the hazards,” she said.

Some of the hazards include lead, asthma, radon, and mold.

Henderson said the program is aimed at keeping people in their homes if they can afford to do so, rather than pushing them out.

Monie Davis is a homeowner in East Tampa and is in the process of repairs that began in June.

Davis’ roof collapsed on her home. After calling the city, her roof was covered with a tarp within 48 hours

Her roof is now complete and in the coming months contractors will help replace new drywall, baseboards and cabinets due to the severe water damage Davis’ home suffered.

Contractors will also work on her HVAC, boilers, gutters, smoke detectors and more. In total, the city will pay more than $98,000 for the repairs to her home. Davis and several other homeowners in the city are currently having repairs done to their homes.

Eligible home repairs include:

  • Roof
  • Plumber
  • Electric
  • Structural systems
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Appearance deterioration
  • Replacing the boiler
  • Weather resistance
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Remediation of lead-based paint
  • Radon remediation
  • Water infiltration
  • Smoke/carbon monoxide detectors
  • Replacement of fencing

On Wednesday, the city received 25 applicants for the Healthy Homes program, which will last for just over a year.

This particular program can only help a certain number of people. But Henderson said whether people qualify or not, there are still other options.

“We have the owner-occupier renovation program that we will continue to administer, and while that program does a lot of the repairs, like the roof, it doesn’t allow us to do lead and mold remediation,” she said.

There is no limit to the number of homeowners who can apply for the Homeowner Renovation Program.