ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS

There are many other programs that homeowners can utilize in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County that assist with home repairs like the Heritage Home Program. You can also contact your city to see if they have any repair assistance programs for their residents.

These other programs are not affiliated with the Heritage Home Program and the information below has come from their websites. Please look into the programs to see if they can assist you.

  • Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) - (216) 574-7100 or 1-800-848-1300

  • Cuyahoga County Housing Enhancement Loan Program (HELP)

    • The Home Enhancement Loan Program (HELP) provides homeowners of occupied or investment properties in eligible Cuyahoga County communities home improvement loans, at three percentage points below normal bank rates, for home repair or remodeling projects. HELP has no restrictions on a borrower’s income and few limitations on what improvements can be made to a property.
    • Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
      • Must be in an eligible community
      • Single-family, two-family, and multi-family dwellings are eligible. Single and two-family dwellings must have a tax value of less than $250,000. There is no tax value limit on multi-family dwellings.
      • Eligible types of home repairs include alterations, repairs, maintenance, or improvements. Loans may also be used for code violation compliance and property upgrades.
      • Luxury projects and improvements are not eligible.
    • Contact participating lenders for more info: KeyBank, and Huntington.
    • https://cuyahogacounty.us/development/residents/home-repair-and-remodeling/housing-enhancement-loan-program
  • CHN Housing Partners

    • Nonprofit affordable housing developer and housing service provider for Cuyahoga County. Can provide utility assistance, energy and weatherization services, debt counseling, foreclosure/eviction prevention services and more.
    • Home Energy Efficiency Services
    • Lead Safe Loans, Grants and Incentives – 844-614-LEAD (5323)
      • Offered in partnership with Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition
      • Can assist with lead remediation and control, repairs and treatment on existing lead risk areas. Eligibility requirements to apply.
      • https://chnhousingpartners.org/lead/
    • CHN Housing Capital – 855-764-LOAN (5626)
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) -(800) 282-0880 FREE

    • HEAP is a federally funded program that provides eligible Ohioans assistance with their home energy bills. This one-time benefit is applied directly to the customer’s utility bill or bulk fuel bill.
    • Ohioans with a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the program.
    • https://www.development.ohio.gov/is/is_heap.htm
  •  Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging – (216) 361-0718

  • Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) -(216) 378-9042

    • HFLA lends money interest free to responsible individuals in need. Types of loans include: home bills, home repairs, medical and dental expenses, family expenses, education, etc.
    • A successful loan applicant is one who:
      • Can demonstrate a genuine need.
      • Has been unable to receive a loan from a conventional source.
      • Will be able to repay the loan in monthly installments beginning immediately following the granting of the loan.
      • Applicant has one or more suitable co-signers.
    • http://www.interestfree.org/
  • Dominion East Ohio Home Performance with Energy Star Program (877) 287-3416

    • Certified auditor performs an energy audit. The cost is $50 (retail value $500).
    • A certified auditor will use advanced diagnostic equipment to conduct a comprehensive assessment of your home’s energy efficiency. The auditor can also provide information on how to select a participating contractor in your area to complete the recommended improvements and take advantage of up to $1,250 in rebates offered through this program.
    • https://www.deohpwes.com/
  • Cuyahoga County Board of Health: Healthy Homes Program - (216) 201-2000 ext 1244

  • Rebuilding Together NEO – 216-800-8556 or 330-773-4100

    • Applications are received year round online and in-person for those who live in the following Ohio counties: Cuyahoga, Lake, Medina, Portage, Summit, and Stark at one of the offices by appointment. Since services differ by community and funds available, they request that you call the local Rebuilding Together phone number to inquire.
    • Through the minor home repair program, they seek to repair some of the more critical things such as replacing a roof, fixing or replacing a furnace, building a ramp, upgrading the electrical system, painting, and flooring.
    • https://www.rebuildingtogetherneo.org/
  • HUD/FHA Title 1 Property Improvement Loan Program

    • FHA Title 1 loan can be used for improvements that make a home more livable, and can help if homeowners do not have to have a lot of equity to qualify for other loans
    • To find an FHA-approved lender in your area, call HUD's Customer Service Center toll-free: (800) 767-7468 (TTY: (800) 877-8339) for a list of lenders in your state.
    • https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/sfh/title/sfixhs
  • Community Partnership on Aging – only available in South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Richmond Heights – 216-291-3902

    • Has programs and assistance for seniors to help with getting around town, small chores and work around the house, and more
    • Safe at Home Program is available to assist with minor modifications to the home to remain independent. The program can help with finding appropriate equipment or funds to help pay for needed improvements.
      • Includes a home assessment and has income qualifications
  • Home Repair Resource Center – Only available to Cleveland Heights and some surrounding cities - 216-381-6100
    • Non-profit organization in Cleveland Heights with programs to encourage responsible home ownership
    • Repair Classes
      • Class listing is available online
    • Senior Program
      • Available for homeowners 62+
      • Free Grab Bars
      • Help with reviewing estimates, inspection of completed work, help with applying for financial assistance
      • Advice for Aging in Place
    • Tool Library
      • Available to members
      • Tools can be borrowed for 7 days and renewed
    • https://hrrc-ch.org/

Contact your city to see if they have any repair assistance programs for their residents.

 

Outside of Cuyahoga County