Housing Rehabilitation Program
As a non-profit Community Development Corporation (CDC), SC UpLift Community Outreach, receives federal and state funding in order to provide owner-occupied housing rehab services up to $20,000. Repairs will address health, safety, and sanitary issues to the home. To be eligible, a beneficiary must meet the following criteria:
A person or household that is 50% or below the area median income or 80% or below the area median income for the county in which they reside may be eligible for services. Home must be the primary residence for the person requesting services for at least 2 years through evidence of a recorded deed or life estate.
Types of Repairs
- Roofs: Roofs that are leaking or have holes may be repaired or replaced. Evidence of water damage to ceilings and walls with water damage may be repaired as part of the roof repairs
- HVAC Units: Homes with existing HVAC units that are not working may be repaired or replaced.
- Exterior Doors and Windows: Broken or missing windows may be repaired or replaced.
- Handicap Accessibility: Installation or repair of exterior ramps and/or hand rails. ADA accessibility to bathrooms, to include grab bars and wheelchair accessible showers.
- Sewer/Septic Systems: Existing systems that are nonfunctioning or malfunctioning can be repaired or replaced. Existing systems that have been cited by DHEC for raw sewage containment issues can be repaired and replaced.
- Water Wells: Existing water wells with broken pumps can be repaired or replaced. In the event existing water wells have gone dry, ER funds can be used to dig the well deeper or install new water lines.
- Electrical: Repair or replace exposed wiring throughout the house.
- Floors: Repair or replace sagging floors to include floor joists and those with holes. This can include new carpet and linoleum but only if major floor repairs resulted in the damage of such.
- Plumbing System: Systems that are nonfunctioning or malfunctioning can be repaired or replaced.
- Structural Integrity: Foundation, wall, sub-flooring, roof support and other items affecting structural integrity.
- Porches: All railings, steps and ramps should be sturdy and reliable.
- Exterior Surfaces: Exposed surfaces should be either painted or covered in an acceptable material, such as vinyl.
The housing rehab program is designed to increase the supply of permanent affordable housing over an extended period. The compliance period is twenty (20) years. The funding is forgiven at a rate of 5% per year over twenty (20) years. Depending on the program a Restrictive Covenant or Funding Agreement is utilized to enforce the compliance period.