The goal of the Single Family Rehab Program is to make a long-term positive impact on the state's stock of standard affordable housing by encouraging the comprehensive rehabilitation of existing, moderately-deteriorated owner-occupied units, occupied by households with one or more elderly and/or disabled fulltime household members or owner-occupied units with lead hazards and a child 6 years old or younger. The funds allow work to be completed on the homes which will bring them up to current code standards thus allowing residents to remain in their homes for a longer period of time. Applicants with household incomes below 80% of the area median income are eligible to apply. Renovation costs up to $56,000 may be completed on any one unit, depending on additional qualifying factors such as lead based paint in the unit.
- Successfully meeting the SFR funding goals in four rural counties in Eastern NC.
- Rehabbing homes to high standards which allowed families to be able to remain in their residences’ for longer periods of time.
- Working together with CCA’s Weatherization and HARRP Programs provided the funds to do extra energy efficiency and heating and cooling measures to the homes, allowing a little extra money for basic needs they previously had to do without
- It is difficult, at best, to find eligible applicants with homes that can be brought up to current code standards within the allowable expenditure limit of the grant.
- The standards which must be followed as determined by the grantor, NC Housing Finance Agency are very stringent and far exceed housing code. In some cases, it is difficult to meet these standards in certain areas such as air sealing measures.
- Finding licensed general contractors to bid on small jobs is an arduous task. The pool of contractors willing to complete the bid process is limited in the area served.
- The expectation for the urgent repair program is to complete 4 jobs in each of the four counties where the SFR program is operated by CCA.
- CCA just applied for additional funds for the SFR program in Onslow, Craven and Pamlico counties for a total funding of $600,000 to rehab 12 homes across the three counties. Pamlico County will be a new service area for the SRF program with CCA as the grantee.