Housing Repair & Maintenance Programs
BBC offers and administers a wide array of housing programs for both homebuyers as well as homeowners and tenants interested in repairing and improving their homes. Please note that each of these programs may require applicants to qualify based on income, age, occupancy, and/or other criteria. This listing is subject to change.
For more information about those programs and services listed as well as others available to residents of Central, Kinsman, and Garden Valley of Cleveland, please call BBC at (216) 341-1455 or email us. Staff can also help identify programs and services best for residents.
To support BBC in ensuring that disadvantaged persons from some of Cleveland’s poorest communities have safe and healthy housing, please donate or volunteer.
Free Programs & Services
Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)
BBC has partnered with Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation to provide weatherization services to income-eligible households in Ward 5. Participants may receive up to $3,500 in free home improvements that include the insulation of attic and sidewalls, if possible; crawlspace insulation; appropriate venting; air leakage work; hot water tank wrap; and, furnace check/repair (if necessary). For an application, please click here. (Please note that we accept Home Weatherization applications for Ward 5/Central, Kinsman, and Garden Valley neighborhood residents only.)
Senior Homeowner Assistance Program (SHAP)
The City of Cleveland Department of Aging’s Senior Homeowner Assistance Program provides grants to Cleveland residents age sixty and over or disabled adults who meet income eligibility guidelines and own single- or two-family homes in need of critical, health, safety and maintenance repairs. Applicants must live in the property in question and be able to show clear title. Typical home repairs provided through the program include replacement roofs, porches and bathrooms. For more information, please click here or call (216) 664-2833.
Community Housing Solutions
Community Housing Solutions, formerly Lutheran Housing Corporation, provides grants to income-eligible households for health and safety home repairs. For more information, please click here or call (216) 651-0077.
The Cleveland affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and repair of homes owned by families and individuals on limited incomes and senior citizens, provides exterior house-painting, yard maintenance, and light home repairs free of charge. Rebuilding Day is usually performed in June of each year, and only a very limited number of Cleveland residents are selected to participate each year. Please contact BBC for information about the application process, which typically begins in November or December. (Please note that we accept Rebuilding Together Cleveland applications for Ward 5 residents only.)
Other Programs for Seniors
Eligible senior citizens can receive assistance with home maintenance, general and heavy house cleaning, lawn mowing, painting, simple home repairs, and much more for no charge through the City of Cleveland Department of Aging. In Fall 2009, the department is offering seniors help with tree trimming and fall clean-up. Click here for more information or call (216) 664-2833.
Cleveland Cuyahoga Healthy Homes Program
Owners and tenants with children under the age of 16, or seniors above the age of 65, that have a doctor diagnosed respiratory condition may receive various repairs. These repairs may include specialized cleaning, removal of water damaged materials, insulating the home, furnace and hot water tank repairs, and senior safety items. Income guidelines apply. For more information, please contact the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at (216) 201-2001 x 1524.
Smoke Detectors for Cleveland Residents
The Red Cross and Cleveland Fire Department are providing free smoke detectors and batteries to Cleveland residents. Installation will be performed by firefighters at no cost. For more information and to apply, please call the Save-a-Life 24-hour hotline at (216) 361-5535.
Utility Reduction Programs
Cuyahoga County Auditor Homestead Program
The Cuyahoga County Auditor’s office can help significantly reduce property taxes each year. To qualify, one spouse must be at least sixty-five years of age, and own and occupy their home. There are no income guidelines. For more information, please click here or call (216) 443-7050.
Cleveland Water Department Homestead Program
Senior Citizens sixty-five years of age and older that receive less than $25,000 annually can sign up for discounted water bills. Please contact customer service at (216) 664-3130.
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Homestead Program
District customers age sixty-five or older, or to anyone under sixty-five who is totally disabled may be eligible to receive a rate decrease on their sewer bills. Applicants must have a household income of $26,200 or less, and must own and occupy their property. Please call (216) 881-8247 for more information.
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Eligible low-income households can receive assistance with the high costs of heating their homes to avoid a discontinuation of service. For an application, please click here.
Low-Interest Loan Programs
Administered by the City of Cleveland, the Repair-A-Home program assists residents of owner-occupied homes with loans at rates of zero to three percent, based on the borrower’s income. The Repair-A-Home program first will address code violations in the home.
Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) Home Repair Loan
NHS provides loans for various repairs for home owners. Applicants can borrow up to $60,000 and there are no income restrictions. The program is limited to owner-occupied homes of up to four units. Please click here to download an application.
Cleveland Action to Support Housing (CASH)
Cleveland Action to Support Housing offers very low interest rate renovation loans for housing located within the City of Cleveland. Owner occupants and investors are welcome. No income restrictions, 12 year maximum term, minimum loan amount of $3,000, no maximum. For more information, please visit CASH’s website.
Housing Enhancement Loan Program (HELP)
Offers low-interest home improvement loans to Cleveland residents. The program is sponsored by the Office of James Rokakis, Cuyahoga County Treasurer, and several area banks.
Past & Inactive Programs
Home Maintenance Workshops
Community residents learned from BBC staff members how to make simple repairs on their homes, regardless if they were owners or renters or if their homes were newly constructed or longstanding. Participants received introductory information about how to maintain their furnaces, electrical systems (fuse box, outlets, etc.), roofs and gutters, and plumbing (washer, toilet, etc.).
Home Repair Assistance Program (HRAP)
BBC has assisted low- and moderate-income households in Ward 5 with a variety of critical health and safety repairs.
Emergency Furnace Repair Program
In Fall 2007, BBC provided furnace checks and cleanings to low-income residents of Ward 5 free of charge. The objective of the program was to ensure that their heating systems operated safely and efficiently. Repairs were made when deemed necessary by experts.
Purpose Painters/Colors of Christ Program
BBC teamed up with Purpose Painters, a one-of-a-kind faith-based initiative, to offer eligible single-parent families, grandparent-headed families, and foster-parent households the opportunity to receive an interior-only painting ranging in scope from one room to one floor. Both materials and labor were provided at no cost, however, recipients were required to supply at least 50% of the labor, which could include family, friends, and neighbors.
For more information about any of these programs or to find out about several others not listed, please call Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. at (216) 341-1455.