Housing rehab funds available for homeowners with special needs

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Volusia County has a limited amount of State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds to provide housing rehabilitation for homeowners with certain developmental disabilities and special needs.

The Special Needs Housing Rehabilitation Program is administered by the county’s Community Assistance Division in cooperation with nonprofit agencies and governmental agencies that serve this population.

The purpose of the assistance is to provide home modifications that will allow homeowners to remain independent in their own homes, and to provide housing rehabilitation necessary to correct code violations or urgent repairs for health and safety concerns.

The program is income-restricted and available to assist households with incomes that do not exceed 120 percent of the area’s median income.

How to apply
The program provides up to $25,000 of financial assistance as a grant for projects of up to $5,000 or a deferred payment loan for projects larger than $5,000. The deferred payment loan has zero percent interest for a 10-year term. The loan is reduced annually and forgiven at the end of 10 years if the homeowner continues to live in the home and complies with program restrictions.

Applications will be accepted for an initial 60-day period. Eligible applicants will be placed on a waiting list and selected from the waiting list based on established priorities.

Nonprofit agencies and interested homeowners are asked to complete the required application, gather necessary documentation, and submit the package to Volusia County Community Assistance Division for review and approval. Applications are available at www.volusia.org/affordable-housing.

The county will procure the rehabilitation service on behalf of the selected homeowners.

Other conditions and restrictions apply. The program is not available in the city limits of Daytona Beach, Deltona and Ponce Inlet.

For more information, visit www.volusia.org/housing or call the county’s Community Assistance Division at 386-736-5955.

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