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Examples of Rehab Assistance Programs

  • 1.  Examples of Rehab Assistance Programs

    Posted 08-05-2018 21:35
    Good evening all! I'm looking for additional examples of programs that assist homeowners of houses in historic districts with minor to major rehabilitations among historic preservation organizations. Specifically, programs that target low to moderate income homeowners or historic neighborhoods threatened by rapid urban growth/development and potential displacement of historic neighborhood residents where homeowners are people of color, low to moderate income, and/or elderly.


    April Johnson Forum Member
    Executive Director
    Preservation Durham
    Durham, NC

  • 2.  RE: Examples of Rehab Assistance Programs

    Posted 08-06-2018 07:53
    Hi, April. It would be great if after you get responses, either on here or individually, that you'd compile the responses and redistribute them. This is an issue that every city should be thinking about. Thanks for raising it.

    Donovan Rypkema
    Washington DC

  • 3.  RE: Examples of Rehab Assistance Programs

    Posted 08-06-2018 09:11

    A successful program in Ohio, is the Heritage Home Program ran by the Cleveland Restoration Society. You'll find their program overlaps with many of your areas of interest.  I am sure they would be happy to discuss the details with you.

    Sarah Marsom
    Heritage Resource Consultant
    Tiny Activist Project

  • 4.  RE: Examples of Rehab Assistance Programs

    Posted 08-06-2018 09:19
    Milwaukee has two programs that targeted at low to moderate income residents in general. STRONG is citywide, Targeted Investment Neighborhood loans are as described. Historic Preservation staff participate in the Technical Assistance phase by first determining whether the homes are of historic/architectural significance, and, if so, consult on the scopes of work to make sure no harm is done to the home.

    $20,000 STRONG Homes Loan Program
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    $20,000 STRONG Homes Loan Program
    Partially Forgivable Loans for Emergency & Essential Home Repairs The STRONG Homes Loan Program offers partially forgivable loans of up to $20,000 to homeowners throughout the City of Milwaukee. Loans can be used to make emergency and essential home repairs and address building code orders.
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    Timothy Askin
    Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission
    Milwaukee WI

  • 5.  RE: Examples of Rehab Assistance Programs

    Posted 08-06-2018 10:48

    Fort Collins has a Zero Interest Loan program that can be used by anyone that owns a historically designated property, but it's intended especially to help people on a limited income to be able to maintain their older home. The program covers up to $7500 every year towards approved projects. The property owner has to provide a match of equivalent value or more. 

    The loans don't have to be repaid until the property is sold or changes hands, which is particularly appealing for seniors because it enables them to leverage the value of their house in order to keep it in good shape.

    Loans are often used for things like repairing rotting windows, repointing brick, foundation repairs or stabilization, etc.

    The City sends out postcards every year to remind owners of historic properties that the loans are available. And the few local folks that tend to work on older properties know about the program and help clients plan accordingly, sometimes breaking improvements up over a few years in order to take the greatest advantage of the program.

    Meg Dunn
    City of Fort Collins
    Fort Collins CO

  • 6.  RE: Examples of Rehab Assistance Programs

    Posted 08-07-2018 08:40
    Hi April,
    The City of Waukesha, WI has paint and repair grants available for low to moderate homeowners of local landmarks through the city's Landmarks Commission. These grants are for exterior work on historic properties and are limited to residential properties in certain census tracts. Typically they go with 10% of the project up to a total of $2000. These are funded by Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG).

    Another program available in the state of Wisconsin is a state historic tax credit for homeowners. The home must be on the National Register or State Register. The homeowner has to spend $10,000 on exterior work, mechanicals, and/or structural work and it is a 25% state income tax credit. The program is very similar to the Federal Historic Tax Credit, but is for homeowners not commercial properties. Work must be approved by the State Historic Preservation Office before beginning. Here is the link to the program Tax Credits for Historic Homes in Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society

    I also agree with Donovan that the answers should be compiled.

    Mary Emery
    Waukesha Preservation Alliance
    Waukesha, WI

  • 7.  RE: Examples of Rehab Assistance Programs

    Posted 08-08-2018 10:27
    Hi, April,

    Kalamazoo, Michigan is also considering several  programs, including paint/repair, and would be also interested in looking at a compilation if you are willing to do that.

    Thanks for asking the question!


    Pam O'Connor
    Michigan Advisor
    Kalamazoo MI

  • 8.  RE: Examples of Rehab Assistance Programs

    Posted 08-13-2018 15:46
    Thank you all for your contribution. This is great! I'll do my best!

    April Johnson
    Executive Director
    Preservation Durham
    Durham NC