West Chandler homeowners among beneficiaries of city program

Low- and moderate-income homeowners are getting a helping hand from their local government, good news not only for west Chandler residents in need but for others who may have relatives or friends struggling to maintain their properties elsewhere in the city.

Applications are being accepted for three programs that offer no interest, forgivable loans and grants to help residents improve the condition and safety of their homes.

Residents throughout the city are eligible to apply.

As officials spread word of the grants and loans, they stress that even residents who don’t need help themselves should know about what’s available to others in the community.

“Many of us know of people who are struggling in one way or another, and these new programs could represent a lifeline to the elderly or disabled who are physically unable to keep up their homes,” said Chandler spokesman Jim Phipps.

In addition to providing assistance to those in need, Phipps said programs such as these provide an added benefit to the community by improving the condition of homes, which helps maintain neighborhood appearance and improves or protects nearby property values.

Available programs

• Chandler’s Home Modification Program for Persons with Disabilities provides up to $10,000 in grant funds to widen doorways, modify showers, sinks and toilets, install wheelchair ramps, grab bars, railings and related work.
• A Housing Rehabilitation Program provides up to $50,000 to help rehabilitate homes in extremely poor condition where health and safety issues are present.

Work can include repairs to bathrooms, kitchens, foundations and the replacement or repair of roofs, floors, ceilings, walls, doors, windows, cabinetry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems.
• An Exterior Improvement Loan Program provides up to $10,000 to make improvements such as exterior painting, weatherization, repair or replacement of roofs, windows, exterior stucco, doors, fences, walls and concrete driveways.
Program applicants must have owned and occupied their home for at least one year and meet minimum income guidelines. The loans may be partially or entirely forgiven based on the household’s annual income.
Funding comes from $1.6 million in grants received from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and priority is given to the elderly and physically disabled, and to homeowners living in targeted areas of the city.
The Exterior Improvement Loan Program and Home Modification for Persons with Disabilities Program are available to owners of mobile homes, condominiums and townhouses, in addition to owners of detached single-family homes.
Information and applications are available at www.chandleraz.gov/communitydev  or by contacting Chandler’s Neighborhood Resources Division at 480-782-4320. 

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