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Frequently asked questions
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- Where does the money that pays for services provided by the Home Repair Program come from?
- Whose income do I have to include to determine if I am eligible for the program?
- What is the residency requirement?
- How long will it take before I know if my application has been approved?
- How long will it take before I receive my first assessment?
- Can the Home Repair program provide material so I can do all or some of the work myself?
- Are condominiums eligible for the same work as houses and mobile homes?
- Are mobile homes eligible for repairs?
1. Where does the money that pays for services provided by the Home Repair Program come from?
The Home Repair Program is funded entirely with federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars. Kent spends roughly 40% of its annual CDBG funding to provide home repair assistance to very low, low and moderate income households. The level of funding is re-determined each year, and the percentage spent on home repairs is subject to change.
2. Whose income do I have to include to determine if I am eligible for the program?
Income from all sources for everyone age 18 and over who lives in the household must be listed on the application.
3. What is the residency requirement?
To be eligible for Kent's Home Repair program, the owner-occupant of a house, condo or mobile home must have lived in that dwelling unit for at least 12 months prior to submitting an application.
4. How long will it take before I know if my application has been approved?
Applications are usually approved within one week if the application is complete.
5. How long will it take before I receive my first assessment?
Currently our Home Repair crew is conducting first assessments approximately four weeks after your application has been approved. Health and safety issues are given highest priority. If you have a health and safety issue that we consider an emergency, we will respond immediately.
6. Can the Home Repair program provide material so I can do all or some of the work myself?
Yes, Home Repair clients who are capable are encouraged to do some of the work themselves. We can provide "material only" in all three categories of eligible work (major repair, minor repair, or painting).
7. Are condominiums eligible for the same work as houses and mobile homes?
Condominiums are eligible for the same INTERIOR work. The Kent Home Repair program does not work on condominium exteriors.
Service on mobile homes is limited to emergency repairs for seniors and/or disabled living in mobile homes that are 1976 HUD tag approved or newer.
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