The Safe Home Housing Rehabilitation Program provides grants to low income homeowners. The program seeks to correct code and incipient violations (items in a house that will need to be repaired or replaced in 2 - 3 years) and make general property improvements. The maximum total rehabilitation cost shall not exceed $42,000. Properties that cannot be brought to meet minimum program requirements for less than $42,000 will not be considered for rehabilitation. Based on the amount of the subsidy, a Deed Restriction may be placed on the property for 0-15 years, to insure compliance with program requirements. If the property changes hands within the restriction period, the City may require repayment of funds. There is a current wait list for the program.
Who is Eligible for Safe Home?
- Low income persons or families (households with incomes below 60% of the area median income) who are the owner and occupant of the property
- Property is located within the City of Charlotte
- The household consists of US Citizens, Resident Aliens or any of the exempt classes defined in the US Attorney General’s Order
- The Homeowner does not have cash on hand to complete the repair
- The Homeowner has lived in the house to be rehabilitated for one year for Safe Home, and no requirement for LeadSafe Charlotte
- The Homeowner is current on all property taxes, or if less than two years back taxes are owed, is participating in a formal repayment plan with the Tax Assessor, and/or the property is not subject to any other Federal, State and Local liens
- Must meet one of the following requirements:
- Under City Code Enforcement Action
- Occupied by an elderly or disabled individual
- Have been referred by a non-profit or other agency that is providing $2,000 or more towards the rehabilitation
- Household qualifies for LeadSafe Charlotte
Household income which does not exceed 60% of the area median income for the household size:
% of income
Call 704-336-3311 to get pre-qualified. Once pre-qualified, complete an application and attach the necessary documents indicated on the information checklist provided and return as soon as possible to our office.
After verification of the information provided and the determination of eligibility, an inspection of the property will be made by a Rehabilitation Specialist to determine the current condition of the property, and preliminary feasibility for inclusion in the Safe Home and or LeadSafe Charlotte programs. Homeowners are encouraged to assist the Rehabilitation Specialist by providing information on problems that you know exist and need repair. After the inspection, if rehabilitation is deemed feasible, a meeting will be set up to discuss the details of the programs, responsibilities of the City, the Homeowner, and the Contractors.
Preference will be given in situations that threaten the health and safety of the occupants or have been cited by the City of Charlotte Code Enforcement Division. Homes enrolled in the Safe Home program are prioritized as follows:
- Under Code Enforcement
- Qualifies for LeadSafe Charlotte
- Elderly or Disabled household member
- Other Agency Referral