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Senior/Disabled Persons Home Repair Program
The Senior/Disabled Home repair program was established over 20 years ago. The average grant awarded is approximately $5000 per home and has a lifetime benefit limit. Due to limited funding not all repairs may qualify if the cost is found excessive to complete. All areas in need of repair are evaluated during the initial home inspection with health, safety and weatherization-related repairs given the highest priority. Homeowners must be at 80% or below Federal Median Income guidelines and asset levels must be $10,000 or below, not including the home or primary vehicle.
Repair assistance is also available for approved emergency home repairs. This program is limited to specific types of repairs only with a $5,000 repair limit. The City of Yakima strongly supports preserving our neighborhoods and provides this service at no cost to qualified low-income senior/disabled homeowners.
Exterior Paint Program
Exterior Paint Program is a special program also available to qualified homeowners to paint the exteriors of their homes. Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity provide the volunteer labor and the Office of Neighborhood Development Services provides the qualified applicants, supervision and materials needed to complete the jobs. This program stretches limited resources by using donated labor to improve neighborhoods one house at a time. See some of our work.
All program applicants must be 55 years of age or older or disabled as defined by Social Security guidelines. (There is no age limit for qualified disabled homeowners.) You must also own or be purchasing your own home and live in it on a year round basis. (Rental Property does not qualify.) This home must be located within the city limits of the City of Yakima.
Neighborhood Clean-up/Improvement Program
This program provides funds to assist neighborhoods in correcting Municipal Code violations that have resulted in the issuance of a citation from a City of Yakima Code Compliance Officer. The Office of Neighborhood Development Services will provide a match in dollars to assist in the total cost of abatement of a violation up to a maximum of $500. The program is available to use only one time per resident.
Homeownership Through New Construction
This program was implemented in 1998 to provide newly constructed homes in the city limits for low to medium income first-time home buyers.