Each year Henrico County allocates Community Development Block Grant funds, HOME Program funds, and local County funds to for a variety of housing improvement programs and opportunities for new homeowners. The use of these funds supports the County’s overall Comprehensive Revitalization Strategy and the related programs are designed to serve a variety of purposes intended to maintain an excellent quality of life.
Maintaining Current Homeowners in Their Homes
Henrico County’s strategy seeks to keep current homeowners in their homes. The highest priority is assigned to assisting the elderly and disabled. Under its Moderate Rehabilitation Program the County will provide $523,678 in 2015-2016 for this purpose. Repairs, including lead abatement, totaling up to $50,000 can be made to a home, insuring the home is brought up to United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Quality Standards (HQS) or Uniform Property Condition Standards (UCPS). Over the last several years the County has allocated over $8 million for this purpose. Not only does the strategy assist seniors with very limited incomes, but contributes to the maintenance and enhancement of the neighborhoods where these homes are located. This program is administered for the County by project:HOMES.
Emergency & Minor Repairs
Henrico County also provides funding for emergency repairs to homes for individuals or families that meet income eligibility guidelines and is not limited to elderly or disabled persons. These repairs usually provide for the repair or replacement of exterior or interior items that pose an imminent threat to the health and/or safety of persons. The cost of repairs can go up to $10,000. The County will provide $495,000 in 2015-2016 for this purpose. This program is administered for the County by project:HOMES.
Assisting Residents to Become Homeowners
Henrico County also provides significant funding to assist residents to become first time homeowners. In 2015-2016 Henrico will provide $218,008 for a program of downpayment and closing cost assistance, administered by HOME Inc. and Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation.
Henrico County has also allocated $141,000 to facilitate the development of new housing (either through new construction or rehabilitation of vacant homes) for first-time homeowners.
Operation Paintbrush is a program whereby volunteer groups are recruited to paint the homes of needy Henrico citizens. These are citizens without adequate resources or family help whose homes need painting and would only further deteriorate without our assistance. They are screened for eligibility using the federal guidelines for low and moderate-income families. Typically they are senior citizens, and most can be classified as very low income.
Volunteer Assistance Program
This page describes the volunteer assistance component of the Community Maintenance Program. Volunteers are essential to the success of the Community Maintenance Program. They assist with helping the elderly or disabled clean and maintain their homes.
Typical activities include:
- Yard cleaning such as trimming shrubs, raking leaves, cutting grass and the removal of trash and debris.
- Moving trash and debris to the curb for pickup during community cleanups.
- Minor exterior homes repairs such as replacing trim, fixing window screens and other light carpentry work.
- Demolition of small dilapidated outbuildings.