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City of Clarksville grants available to low-income families for emergency home repairs

Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Neighborhood and Community Services (CNCS) Department today launched a new program to help low-income families make emergency home repairs to preserve homeownership.

Beginning April 26, Clarksville homeowners who meet the criteria will have the opportunity to apply for assistance through the Emergency Homeowners Rehabilitation Program (EHRP) to cover expenses that affect the immediate livability of their property. residence.

Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, lack of running water, roof replacement, electricity, plumbing, or heating/cooling renewal of owner-occupied units to bring them into compliance with the national or local code.

The first of its kind initiative for the city is a subset of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. According to Clarissa Tucker, CNCS project manager and program manager, the city of Clarksville is a community of rights and receives CDBG funds directly from HUD.

As a beneficiary of the program, CNCS received guidance and received flexibility from HUD to design an all-new “repair and rehabilitation program” to meet the needs of low-income Clarksville residents, thus creating the Clarksville-specific emergency homeowner rehabilitation. Program.

Who can apply for EHRP?

To be eligible for the EHRP, residents must live within the city limits of Clarksville. All property taxes and mortgage payments must be up to date, and the owner must be low income and occupy the property as their primary residence. Please see the income table below, which shows household income perimeters as determined by HUD. In addition, the value of the house after rehabilitation must not exceed 95% of the median purchase in the region.

Household size per person

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Household income perimeters, as of June 1, 2021, as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


What makes EHRP different from other HUD programs?

Recipients, such as CNCS, can currently use CDBG for loans, loan guarantees, interest rate subsidies, limited grants, or other forms of assistance to homeowners to make rehabilitation repairs or improvements.

However, the EHRP is a 5-year refundable grant (money that the landlord does not repay) provided the landlord resides on the property for more than five years after receiving the grant. The CNCS also offers low-interest loans under the Substantial Rehabilitation Program; please contact the CNCS for more details.

Is there a monetary limit to the number of repairs, rehabilitation or reconstruction of the house, and what type of improvements can be made?

Emergency home repairs cannot exceed $20,000. Eligible upgrades include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessibility improvements

  • Electrical repairs

  • Environmental fixes

  • Installation of new steps

  • Installation of smoke detectors

  • New gutters and downspouts

  • Repair or replace leaky roofs

  • Water heater replacement

  • Replacement of windows or doors

  • weatherstripping

When can we apply for EHRP?

Starting today, applicants seeking emergency home repair assistance can submit applications by visiting the CNCS website at www.cityofclarksville.com/248/Housing-Rehabilitation-Program or the CNCS office directly at One Public Square, Suite 201, Clarksville, TN 37040.

Currently, the CNCS is evaluating the list of potential contractors and subcontractors who have applied to join the CNCS in a public-private partnership to support the EHRP through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Any contractor or subcontractor interested in submitting to the RFQ can contact our purchasing department at 931.553.2477. Interested parties may obtain a copy of the RFQ on the City’s Purchasing website at www.cityofclarksville.com/205/Purchasing.

For more information about the EHRP, please visit the CNCS website or contact Clarissa Tucker at [email protected] or 931.648.6133.

About Clarksville Neighborhood and Community Services

Clarksville Neighborhood & Community Services’ mission is to revitalize neighborhoods, preserve or create affordable housing, and advocate for marginalized people.