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 housing assistance strategy seeks to enable current homeowners to continue living in their homes as a means of preserving affordable housing. The highest priority is assigned to assisting elderly and disabled persons. The County’s Housing Rehabilitation Program provides repairs, up to $50,000 to bring a home up to United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Quality Standards (HQS) or Uniform Property Condition Standards (UCPS). Since the beginning of this program, the County has provided over $8 million for this purpose. This program assists seniors and disable persons with very limited incomes, and contributes to the maintenance and enhancement of the neighborhoods where these homes are located. This program is administered for the County by Project:HOMES.
Critical Home Repairs
Henrico County also provides funding for critical repairs to homes for individuals or families that meet income eligibility guidelines and is not limited to elderly or disabled persons. These repairs can provide for the repair or replacement of exterior or interior items that pose an imminent threat to the health and/or safety of persons living in the home. The cost of repairs can go up to $10,000. Working with several non-profit housing providers, the County assists approximately 60 low-income homeowners each year.
Assisting Residents to Become Homeowners
Henrico County also provides funding each year to assist low and moderate income persons to purchase their first home. Funding is provided to two non-profit agencies: Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation and Housing Opportunities Made Equal, who provide housing purchase counseling and financial assistance for downpayment and closing costs.
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.