Minor Home Repair Program (Neighborhood Empowerment Zones)

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Receive up to $7,500 in Exterior Repairs

Objective: The Minor Home Repair Program for Neighborhood Empowerment Zones provides assistance to low and extremely low income homeowners living within the City of Carrollton designated Neighborhood Empowerment Zones for essential repairs related to Carrollton Code Ordinance or Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance violations. Eligible repairs can be completed on the interior of the home, the exterior of the home, or on the property itself.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for assistance under this program, you must meet all of these qualifications:

H Your home is a single-family dwelling unit located in one on the five Neighborhood Empowerment Zones located in Carrollton, Texas. See Map.

H You own and occupy your property as your principal residence on a year-round basis for at least the past year and you have no intention to market, rent or sell the property.

H Your home has a code enforcement violation, which if left in a state of disrepair, could lead to fines or court appearances.

H You must hold fee simple title to the property for not less than one year. Contracts for Deed or Contracts for Sale are not eligible, however the period of time an applicant has lived in a property under a lease-for-purchase may be taken into consideration in determining the one (1) year ownership time requirement if the applicant can provide proof they have lived in the property for a total of at least one year, and that they had a legal contract for deed before converting it into fee simple ownership.

H You must be a United States citizen or legal resident alien.

H Household income cannot exceed 80 percent of the Area Median Income Limits, adjusted for family size. 

H Your total assets (excluding your home) do not exceed $35,000 and your liquid assets do not exceed $10,000 (For the purpose of this program, liquid assets include available cash, checking and savings accounts, stocks, bonds and other assets that can be easily accessed without penalty.)

H You must not be delinquent on any property taxes, school taxes to any taxing entity in Dallas or Denton County. This applies only to applications for a repair subsequent to the first one, and does not include accounts where payment arrangements are up to date, and must provide proof of arrangement.

H Submitting an application and meeting eligibility criteria does not commit the City of Carrollton to undertake a project. In addition, a site visit by the contractor does not imply final approval of the project.  If the cost estimates of the project exceed the maximum amount allowed under the program, the application will be terminated.

Minor Home Repair Program for Neighborhood Empowerment Zones Guidelines

H You have not received financial assistance from Community Development for housing rehabilitation within the past year.

H You must complete the application process and your application and the requested repair must be approved. Community Development staff will inspect the unit to determine if requested repair is eligible.

H Your property must meet all environmental restrictions and regulations including floodplain, historical, lead based paint, etc. Properties in the 100-year floodplain or floodway are not eligible for this assistance.

Minor Home Repair program for Neighborhood Empowerment Zones assistance may be denied to any applicant that has not met the requirements under any other Community Development Program.

What Types of Repairs are Eligible?

Generally, repairs or modifications to achieve compliance with City of Carrollton Code of Ordinances or Comprehensive Zoning Ordinances that can be completed for $7,500 or less are eligible for assistance. 

Examples of Eligible Repairs:

Repairs necessary per City Ordinance violations include repair and/or replacement of:

  • Fencing, retaining walls, windows, tree trimming etc. 
  • Assistance may be applied to use for junk car removal, trash and debris removal or graffiti.

For assistance in applying, please contact the Community Development office at 972-466-9121 or communitydevelopment@cityofcarrollton.com

NOTE: When a repair is covered by an insurance policy and only a portion of the cost to repair is covered, the owner must sign over insurance claim payment(s) to the City of Carrollton before work may begin. Owner insurance funds will be deposited into an escrow account and will be expended first when contractor payments are approved. If owner has already spent insurance funds on repairs, owner must provide proof of payment and detailed documentation of work completed before a decision can be made if the repair is eligible for funding.