Loans, grants for emergency repair
Lancaster is planning to implement a Housing Rehabilitation Program that may be of assistance to eligible low-income homeowners with financial assistance to support rehabilitation opportunities.
The proposed program will include loans and grants for emergency repair, mobile home repair, minor repairs and accessibility needs, major repair, turf replacement and beautification, according to a staff report.
“The City recognizes the necessity of living in a safe and functional environment,” the report said. “Where possible, the City seeks to assist households in the rehabilitation of their homes.”
Funding for the agreement, as well as the program itself, will be sourced from grant funds designed for affordable housing, the report said.
During the March 28 city council meeting, approval was granted for about $200,000 in a Professional Services Agreement–with consultant LDM Associates Inc. of Rancho Cucamonga–to assist with the administrative and implementation service for the program for one year. The agreement includes an option of two one-year extensions.
The company currently provides day-to-day housing administration and implementation services to 15 cities throughout Southern California, according to its Request for Proposal.
LDM’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, finalizing the program design, marketing and outreach, application intake and management, reporting and monitoring the program data and attending meetings as required to properly administer the program, the staff report said.