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Kent Home Repair Program

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Home Repairs for Low/Moderate Income Homeowners

The City of Kent offers a variety of home repair services to low and moderate income owners of single-family houses, mobile homes* and condo units within the city limits of Kent.

 

 *Mobile homes must be 1976 or newer with HUD certification, not received prior services and the occupant must be senior and/or disabled.

 

Repairs are intended to maintain the health and safety of occupants and  preserve the dwelling by addressing critical repairs. Preference is given to households occupied by senior citizen, low-income and disabled residents. Kent's Home Repair program is funded entirely through federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money.

 

 Repairs are FREE! Minor repairs include plumbing, electrical, carpentry, disabled access, furnace service, storm doors, window repairs, roof repairs, smoke detectors and other smaller work items. Final determination of improvements will be made by HR staff. Our trusted staff will offer expert guidance throughout the process to ensure the work is done well, and on budget.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Your house, mobile home (must be 1976 or newer) or condo unit must be located within the city limits of Kent.
  2. You must have owned AND occupied your home for at least 1 year prior to application.
  3. Your household's annual gross income must not exceed federal income guidelines (see table below).

Official HUD Income Guidelines for 2016(effective March 29, 2016)

Household 
Size
 Maximum Annual Gross Income
1 $48,550
2 $55,450
3 $62,400
4 $69,300
5 $74,850
6 $80,400
7 $85,950
8 $91,500

For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

How to Apply for Home Repair Assistance

 If you are an existing Kent Home Repair client and in need of assistance, please call 253-856-5065 to verify eligibility.

 

Complete and return the Home Repair Application along with the required documents outlined below. 

 
 Home Repair Assistance Application 

 

 

 In addition to the completed application, you must also provide all of the following:

 

 Ownership documents:

 

 For houses and condos please include:

 

  •  Copy of deed or tax bill

 

 For mobile homes:

 

  •  Copy of vehicle registration

 

 *Residences are required to be owner-occupied for a minimum of one year  

 *Mobile homes must be 1976 or newer to qualify and must have one senior and/or disabled occupant residing in the home 

  

 Income documents for each resident of the home 18 years and older:

  

 Copy of 1040 Federal tax form for current filing year*

 

 Two months of bank statements dated immediately prior to month of application (must show record of deposits)

 

 Supporting documentation of all income sources

 

 Acceptable documents may include: two months of most recent paystubs or unemployment benefits, child support, current Social Security award letter, retirement and/or private pension statements.

 

 Self-declaration of no income form(s), if applicable

  

 *If you do not file taxes, please complete a 1040  form in addition to providing bank statements and supporting documents

 

 Information is confidential and for the sole purpose of qualifying for this program. It is not necessary to disclose your Social Security number or bank account number

 

 Proof of insurance:

 

 Copyof current homeowners insurance policy declaration

 

For a pre-screening to see if you qualify, please call 253-856-5065 or email Human Services.

 

If you live outside of the Kent City Limits in unincorporated King County you may qualify to receive services from the King County Housing Repair Program. King County's Housing Repair.

Contractors

 

 As of January 2016, Kent Home Repair is no longer maintaining an internal small works roster.  The City of Kent utilizes the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) shared online database, which includes a Small Public Works Roster and Consultant Rosters.

 

 Kent Home Repair invites contractors from this roster to bid on residential projects under $10,000. At least three qualified contractors are invited to bid per project in rotating order.  The most reasonable and responsible bidder will be selected. Projects may include: roofing, electrical, furnace repair and replacement, sewer work, and general contracting.

 

 Contractors who wish to be eligible to bid on projects are required to register for an account at  www.mrscrosters.org. Accounts are free to create and maintain. Please be sure to include “City of Kent” as a selected public agency in your account. If you are already a member of MRSC Rosters, simply select “City of Kent” in your account. 

 

 For registration questions, please contact MRSC Rosters at  mrscrosters@mrsc.org or 206-436-3798. If you have questions about the Kent Home Repair program, the bidding process or specific project questions, please contact our office at 253-856-5065.