Program to help low-income Austin homeowners with winter storm repairs

The city of Austin is launching an Emergency Home Repair initiative to help low-income homeowners repair widespread damage caused by the severe winter storm in February 2021.

According to official data, the initiative, managed by the Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), is part of the city’s comprehensive response to the winter storm and may allow eligible applicants to make repairs or changes of up to $ 10,000.

The Department of Housing and Planning (HPD) and AHFC staff are responsible for accepting applications, performing basic eligibility checks and transferring resources. HPD will employ seven experienced local nonprofits currently running the General Obligation Bond-funded home repair program (GoRepair!) To perform approved repairs. Up to $ 10,000 in funding will be given directly to the nonprofit after all approved work has been completed as agreed by the nonprofit staff, homeowner and contractor.

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The program is funded from a variety of public and private sources, including Austin Water, General Obligation Bonds, and a Bank of America grant that will help support ongoing efforts.

Qualified homeowners can perform emergency repairs in English or Spanish on the repair program website. Applicants with questions or assistance can visit the home repair program website, email [email protected], or call 512-974-3100 or 3-1-1.

WHICH WORK CAN BE FUNDED?

Eligible work includes the repair or replacement of the following:

  • Wall / floor distance
  • Sewer pipes
  • Gas pipes
  • Water pipes and / or water damage
  • top, roof
  • Electrical system
  • HVAC equipment
  • Plumbing fixtures – including flush pipes and toilets damaged by frozen conditions
  • Mold remediation

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WHO IS ADMISSIBLE TO THE EMERGENCY HOME REPAIR INITIATIVE?

Those eligible to participate in the initiative include:

  • Homeowners within the Austin City jurisdiction
  • Household income at or below 80% of the median family income (MFI)
  • Participants must have suffered damage to their primary residence as a result of the severe Texas winter storm in February 2021, which harmed the life, health, or safety of the occupants
  • Entrants cannot receive duplicate benefits through FEMA or insurance revenue

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO PROVIDE TO PROVE SUITABILITY?

Officials say basic documentation is required to determine eligibility, including:

  • application
  • Proof of household income
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of primary homeowner occupancy
  • Evidence of damage that occurred as a result of the severe Texas winter storm in February 2021

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