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Housing :: Rehabilitation :: Owner Occupied :: FAQ

1.  What is the Housing Rehabilitation Program?

The Housing Rehabilitation Program provides an opportunity for homeowners to bring their properties into compliance with local codes and provide safe, decent housing.

2.  How do I apply for the housing rehabilitation assistance?

Applicant must complete a preliminary application and send it to:

  • Housing Authority of the City of Arlington
  • Attn: Housing Rehabilitation
  • Program 501 W. Sanford Street, Suite 20
  • Arlington, TX 76011

Applicant can download a copy of the application from the AHA website at www.arlingtonhousing.us or applicant may call (817) 276-6707 and ask for a preliminary application to be mailed.

3.  What kind of repairs/upgrades can be made?

Priority is given to fixing code violations such as electrical, plumbing, air conditioning, heating, leaky roofs, foundations and peeling paint.

AHA will also help persons who are disabled and elderly who need assistance due to their physical limitations. AHA can install wheelchair ramps, wheelchair accessible showers, lower light switches and widen doorways. AHA will assist elderly/disabled persons to determine what type of assistance they need.

4.  How much will it cost me to have the repairs/modifications done?

There is no cost to have these repairs/modifications completed at the applicant’s property. The program requires applicant to enter into an agreement where the City loans applicant up to $24,500 for 5 years at zero percent interest. The loan is forgiven on a monthly-prorated basis over the five-year period. Should the property change ownership during that period, the owner must reimburse the City from the sale’s proceeds for that prorated portion of the loan that has not yet been forgiven.

5.  What if the property does not need $24,500 in repairs, can the property qualify for a lesser amount?

Yes, the program provides up to $24,500 in repairs.   If applicant’s home only needs $10,000 in repairs then applicant does not have to spend more than that amount. However, applicant may choose to have additional work completed at applicant’s home such as installation of energy efficient windows, attic insulation, storm doors, replacement of kitchen and/or bathroom cabinets and installation of carpet or vinyl flooring.

6.  Why does the City place a 5-year lien against my property?

A lien is placed against the property to protect the City’s investment.

7.  What are the eligibility requirements?

Eligibility requirements are based on gross income of everyone in the household, verification of the title report, verification of property taxes being current, verification of mortgage being current, proof of hazard insurance on the property and proof of flood insurance if in a designated flood zone.

8.  What if problems arise after the rehabilitation has been completed?

The AHA requires the contractor to provide a one year warranty on labor and materials an a two year warranty on a new roof. If a problem occurs after the work is completed, contact the contractor that completed the work first. If no response, contact the AHA.

9.  If my property was rehabilitated in the past, may apply for another full rehabilitation / forgivable loan?

No

10.  Why do you need the social security number for everyone in my household?

Social security numbers must be submitted for everyone in the household so that the AHA may verify household income

11. How long is the waiting list?

The program assists applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because more applicants apply than funding is available, the AHA created a waiting list. At this time, new applicants are waiting between 12 and 24 months or longer, depending on the availability of funds.

12. Why is the wait so long?

Because the supply of available resources is insufficient to assist all applicants at the same time.

13. What are the different preferences used to select applicants from the waiting list?

  • Disabled/Elderly
  • Elderly (62 or older)
  • No disability, non-elderly