Housing Repair Services Program (HRS) provides home repairs and accessibility modifications to low-income homeowners, particularly elderly and/or disabled owners. The services allow owner-occupants to remain in their dwelling units and help maintain the quality of housing stock in the City.
HRS offers the following type of repairs to qualified households:
Emergency Repairs – up to $5,000 and limited to two per household per year, examples include:
Broken water lines where water is pouring, not dripping, out of the line; Client’s only accessible toilet is stopped up or otherwise unusable; Presence of gas fumes; No heat; AC not working in heat emergency where a member of the household is vulnerable due to health conditions. An electrical condition that poses a fire threat.
Immediate Repairs – up to $10,000 and can include:
modifications and accessibility improvements for physically disabled individuals like wheelchair ramps, electric lifts, grab bars/handrails.
Critical Repairs – up to $20,000 and can include:
Defects affecting the integrity of the structure or shell of the house like leaking roofs and gutters, decayed and/or damaged siding, failing foundations, damaged or failed support beams.
Individual homeowner occupants of property, not exceeding 3 dwelling units per building, of which one unit is occupied by the owner, within the boundaries of the City of Cincinnati. For repairs up to $10,000 in the Emergency Repairs, Immediate Repairs, and Critical Repairs programs, homeowners meeting these criteria must qualify by income, which in the previous 12-month period shall not exceed a maximum of 50 percent of the median income for the City, and by family size, as defined by HUD. In cases in which a Critical Repair exceeds $10,000 AND City approval occurs, then the homeowner’s income cannot exceed a maximum of 35 percent of the median income for the City, during the previous 12-month period, and the homeowner must be 60 years old or older, or be disabled.
Agency: Department of Community and Economic Development (513) 352-6146
Service Provider: People Working Cooperatively (513) 351-7921
Service Provider: Max Construction Group (513) 381-1793