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ABOUT US

The Neighborhood Improvement Program was created to assist with home maintenance and repairs for low and moderate income homeowners. We understand how expensive it is to live in our area and want to do what we can to help preserve existing affordable housing, while we work on ways to add more. The program is managed by our full-time Housing and Neighborhood Improvement Coordinator. The Coordinator is responsible for confirming homeowners’ qualifications for this initiative.

 

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 October 6, 2019, 1pm-3pm                                                                                                                                                               Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA

 Contractors, housing specialists, real estate brokers, and attorneys will share their expert knowledge of:                                    -  preventative maintenance                                                                                                                                                            -  home repairs                                                                                                                                                                                  -  foreclosure prevention                                                                                                                                                                 -  real estate strategies                                                                                                                                                                     -  legal documents

 

THE PROGRAM

The Town is concerned that as house values keep rising, it’s more difficult for many families to buy houses and establish roots. It becomes even more important to preserve houses, rather than allow them to decay. Established neighborhoods should be maintained so people who work in town can live here too. The program provides active maintenance and/or repair assistance to eligible households primarily to help ensure the existence of affordable housing.

There are two primary ways to determine eligibility: by Census tract, or by individual family information. The program will start by focusing on pre-qualified addresses. This will let us help as many people as quickly as possible. Later, once we have established the process and resources, we plan to open the program to anyone with qualifying income.

Program Services Flyer  -  How Can We Help You?  ¿Como Podemos Ayudar?

To check whether you may qualify for the Program, complete and submit the Pre-Qualification Form

 

APPLICATION & PROCESS

The program is targeted for low-moderate income (LMI) owner-occupied households. A household is defined as LMI if the total income is less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). This chart shows the maximum qualifying income, listed by household size.

CDBG Income Limits  Effective June 1, 2018 

Persons

30% Limits (Extremely Low- Income)

50% Limits
(Very Low- Income)

60% Limits

80% Limits

1

$24,650

$41,050

$49,260

$54,250

2

$28,150

$46,900

$56,280

$62,000

3

$31,650

$52,750

$63,300

$69,750

4

$35,150

$58,600

$70,320

$77,450

5

$38,000

$63,300

$75,960

$83,650

6

$40,800

$68,000

$81,600

$89,850

7

$43,600

$72,700

$87,240

$96,050

8

$46,400

$77,400

$92,880

$102,250

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD Exchange:  2018 Income Limits – District of Columbia 

If you live in a pre-approved area and have income below the limits, it’s our goal to help you maintain your house. If you’re not in a pre-approved area, we plan to expand the program to cover any owner-occupied house below the targeted 80% LMI threshold. Any expansion will be after the new Fiscal Year starting 7/1/19.

PROGRAM FOCUS

Our primary focus is on weatherization. Water is the biggest enemy of your house. If it manages to get inside it will ruin it. It can start with peeling exterior paint that should protect your trim. Once the paint is bad, the trim will get wet and eventually rot, leaving a clear path for water to enter the house. Besides decay and rot, over time a consistent water leak can allow mold to develop, a potential health threat. Weatherization is also good for other reasons, especially heating and cooling costs. If a window needs caulking, it will let heat out and cold in, raising utility bills.  One uncaulked window can allow as much air into or out of the house as a fist sized hole in the wall. Click here for more information on a partial list of our suggested services. The actual work will be done by contractors or volunteers, though coordinated through this office.

CONTACT US

As a part of Community Development, the Housing Coordinator can be reached through the main number, 703-787-7380, or by email at neighborhoods@Herndon-va.gov.

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