Rehabilitation shall be limited to items needed to secure the property against weather, such as a roof replacement, or provide for necessary utilities such as heat, water, and sanitary sewer. These items must be necessary to ensure the safe and continued occupancy of the property. Handicap improvements such as safety bars, modified bathroom fixtures and cabinets, and ramps may be performed. Any work that impacts on the exterior of the home shall use “like kind” materials and may be required to get approval by the State Historic Preservation Office.
Examples of items that will be considered Urgent Repairs include, but are not limited to:
- No water, no hot water, or damaged and/or severely leaking water pipes;
- Standing raw sewage;
- Electrical hazards such as loose and live wiring, breakers not holding amp service, no electric power to the house, shocks from switches and/or plugs, or loss of power to essential major appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, or essential medical equipment;
- No heating source in the unit, or if the furnace has been determined to be hazardous by the utility company;
- Severely leaking roof subject to collapse of ceilings;
- Removal of architectural barriers (Accessibility Improvements)
- A floor area weakened by water damage, subject to collapse; and/or
- Other situations as determined solely by program staff to be an immediate threat to the health or safety of the occupants, including air conditioning.
- Accessibility Repairs
- Lead Service Line Replacement