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Congressman Marc Veasey

Representing the 33rd District of Texas

DFW Housing Resources

Below, please find a helpful resource guide to federally funded programs that are available for you to restore your home to its prime. For more information on other publically available programs, please visit the U.S. Housing and Urban Development website at: www.hud.gov.

Available Housing Resources in the DFW Metroplex

Arlington Housing Authority

The Housing Rehabilitation Program helps income-qualified homeowners repair and or remodel their homes. Applicants must own and reside in the home to be repaired, and the home must be within the City limits of Arlington. For qualified homeowners, the City will fund 100% of the eligible repairs up to $24,500.

Examples of repairs are:

  • Electrical, heating, and plumbing
  • Structural such as roofs, porches, windows, doors, and foundation
  • Other repairs needed to meet City codes
  • Replacement of essential built-in appliances

For more information and to see if you qualify, contact:

Marisa Loera
Telephone: 817-276-6707
Fax: 817-962-1226
Email: marisa.loera@arlingtonhousing.us

City of Dallas

The People Helping People Program (PHP) has been assisting residents who are 62 years of age and older or disabled homeowners with minor exterior home repairs. Repairs include replacing rotted wood, scraping and painting, rebuilding/replacing steps, handrails, porches, demolishing small structures and removing open storage from yards. For more information, click here (http://dallascityhall.com/departments/housing-neighborhood-revitalization/Pages/PeopleHelpingPeople.aspx).

Some of the requirements you must meet to be considered are:

  • Be 62+ years of age or disabled as defined by Social Security or Veterans Administration (No age limitation in Neighborhood Investment Program-N.I.P. areas)
  • Own and occupy home for more than two years
  • Live within the city limits of Dallas
  • Meet low-income guidelines: at or below 50% of the area median income citywide (at or below 80% of the area median income in N.I.P. areas)
  • No delinquent taxes or must have a deferral for payment in place or are current on payment plan for payment of delinquent taxes
  • Provide copies of required documents for proof of ownership, income, and identification

For more information and to see if you qualify, contact: 
Patrick Jackson
Manager, People Helping People Program
Telephone: 214- 671-9602

City of Irving

The city of Irving has a number of programs available for home repair. A few of the available grant programs are listed below, more details can be found on the city website by clicking here (http://cityofirving.org/569/Home-Rehabilitation-Programs).

Emergency Repair Program
The Emergency Repair program assists families with unexpected emergency repairs that occurred without warning (within two weeks), require immediate action, and are detrimental to life, health, or safety. 

Air Conditioner Repair and Replacement Program
The Air Conditioner Repair and Replacement Program provide assistance with air conditioner or heating issues. This program is available to seniors and homeowners with disabilities.

Homeowner Accessibility Program
The Homeowner Accessibility Program is designed to address the removal of structural issues related to mobility and health for seniors and the disabled including ramp construction, doorway widening, and bathroom retrofit with ADA-complaint fixtures. This program is available to seniors and homeowners with disabilities. 

Exterior Improvement Program
Clients referred to the Home Rehabilitation Program with Code violations may qualify under the Exterior Improvement Program. This program assists homeowners who have been given notices of violation of Code Enforcement but do not have the financial resources to address the Code violations. Applicants who do not have Code notices of violations or citations are not eligible for this program.

Major Systems Restoration Program
Assistance is provided to homeowners for home restoration through partially forgivable loans. The loans assist with repairs such as window or roof replacement, adding insulation in the attic, plumbing, and electrical work.

  • Plumbing systems, including water and/or sewer lines.
  • Roof repairs or replacement.
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC).
  • Pier and Beam foundation stabilization approved on a case-by-case basis.

For more information and to see if you qualify for any of these grant programs, contact: 

Steven Reed - Director
City Hall
825 W. Irving Blvd.
Irving, TX 75060
Office 972 -721-2424

City of Fort Worth

The city of Fort Worth has a number of programs available for home repair. Their website can be found by clicking here (http://fortworthtexas.gov/priorityrepair/).

Priority 1 Emergency Repairs

An emergency is a situation or condition that occurred recently without warning and is considered detrimental or one that poses a threat to life and/or the health safety of occupants and requires immediate action.

Repairs are limited to:

  • Sewer line breaks (visible raw sewage)
  • Freshwater line breaks (high water bill and or visible water leak),
  • Gas line breaks/leaks
  • Water heaters (inoperable or unsafe units)
  • Unsafe or inoperable heating systems from October to March

Priority 2 Mechanical System Failures

Conditions of deterioration that, if left unattended, will threaten the health or safety of the occupants.

Repairs are limited to:

  • Electrical System Failures
  • Roof Repairs
  • Unsafe or inoperable air conditioning systems from June to September
  • Unstable, sagging or rotten bathroom subflooring
  • Ceilings exposing occupants to natural elements

The city of Fort Worth Community Action Partners also provides weatherization services, find more information here (http://fortworthtexas.gov/weatherization/).

For more information and to see if you qualify, contact: 
Darlene Guerrero
1509-B S. University Dr., Suite 276
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Office: 817-850-7940
 
Tarrant County Home Rehabilitation Program

Tarrant County Home Rehabilitation Program offers housing repair for Tarrant County residents living outside the boundaries of the cities of Fort Worth, Arlington, and Grand Prairie. They provide a roof, foundation, plumbing, electrical and weatherization repairs.

Eligibility:

  • Have an annual income below the HUD established income limits
  • Own your home (must be your place of residence for at least one year)
  • Have no more than two liens against the property; and
  • Meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Handicapped
    • Disabled
    • 62 years of age or older
    • Family with dependent children living at home

For more information and to see if you qualify, contact:

Darlene Guerrero
1509-B S. University Dr., Suite 276
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Office: 817-850-7940
 
Other Assistance Programs in Dallas and Tarrant Counties

Rebuilding Together of Greater Dallas (http://rebuildingtogetherntx.org/)  provides assistance with minor repair, accessibility, weatherization, landscape, paint, fencing, flooring assistance, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and roofing. In order to qualify for the programs provided by Greater Dallas, please see some of the guidelines below:

  • You must be a resident of Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Tarrant counties.
  • Be a homeowner.
  • Be low income, as determined by the number of people residing in your home in accordance with HUD guidelines.
  •  You must be unable to complete the work on your own.

Dallas County (https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/housing/)  provides weatherization and replacement housing program for low-income residents, including:

The Campaign for Home Energy Assistance (https://www.liheap.org/) works directly with policymakers and energy advocates to protect funding assistance for families who need temporary help paying utility bills.

Tarrant County Housing Partnership (http://www.tchp.net/resources/resources.html)  provides various housing and other social program resources for residents of Tarrant County.

The Turn Around Agenda (http://www.turnaroundagenda.org/family-services-housing-education-and-repair) Housing repair assistance is available to qualified homeowners whose homes present a health and safety hazard. Repairs are limited to painting, structural, and electrical work on areas that need urgent attention. At this time, the program is only open to eligible senior citizens that are active members of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and participating in the Silver Stars ministry. Applicants must apply by submitting an application to the Director of Family Services. 

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides low-income households with free weatherization services, such as improvements for heating and cooling systems, electrical systems, and electricity consuming appliances. Making these changes can help families stay healthier and save hundreds of dollars in heating and cooling costs each year.

To learn more about eligibility guidelines and the application process, please visit: https://energy.gov/eere/wipo/weatherization-assistance-program

More information on local weatherization assistance can be found below:
 
Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services                         
Daniel Araiza
Dallas and Irving                 
(214) 819-1848
 
City of Fort Worth Department of Housing                     
Ft. Worth and Grand Prairie         
John Cain               
(817) 871-5700
 
City of Arlington’s Housing Rehabilitation Program                                       
Arlington             
Marisa Loera   
(817)276-6707
 
Beware! Avoid Falling for Scams

Buying or renting a home is a big financial decision, and so is finding the right contractor to help you restore your home. And whether it’s a condo, a townhouse, or a single family residence — new construction or a home with a history — this transaction will have a significant impact on your budget. Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website and follow their consumer tips to avoid common home loans, home improvement, renting and timeshare scams.

To learn how to avoid common housing scams, please visit:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/homes