Housing Rehabilitation

Housing Rehabilitation is a part of the new Community and Business Development Department.

This program provides financial and technical assistance to qualified owner occupants and investors to repair substandard properties. In targeted areas, low and moderate income owner occupants are eligible for direct and deferred payment loans, and investor owners are eligible for direct payment loans to repair single family dwellings. Investors are also eligible for direct payment loans to repair multifamily properties citywide.

In the Emergency Repair Program, which operates citywide, loans are available to remedy housing conditions, which pose an imminent threat to the occupant's health or safety. Citywide financial assistance is also available to remove architectural barriers to the mobility and accessibility of handicapped persons.

To foster neighborhood revitalization and homeownership, the Purchase/Tandem Loan Program provides financial assistance for the acquisition and rehabilitation of substandard structures affordable for ownership by low and moderate income individuals, particularly tenants.

Housing Rehabilitation also administers the Section 3 Construction Training Program Initiative, which is designed to provide opportunities for unskilled and underemployed individuals to obtain skills and knowledge in the construction field, and to increase the number of well-trained construction workers available to meet the hiring needs of local contractors and subcontractors. Emphasis is placed on females interested in nontraditional employment, at-risk young adults (18-35 years of age), ex-offenders, and homeless individuals.

Section 3 is a policy of the United States Congress, funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), whose purpose is to ensure that the employment and other economic opportunities generated by federal financial assistance for housing and community development programs shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed toward low- and very-low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing.

The City of Winston Salem has been awarded a three year 1.1 million grant for YouthBuild. The purpose of YouthBuild is to unleash the positive energy of unemployed young adults to rebuild their communities and their own lives with a commitment to work, education, responsibility and family.

To be eligible, students must be between the ages of 16 and 24 years, and have dropped out of high school. Additionally, eligible participants must meet at least one of the following criteria: current or former foster youth, a youth offender, an adult offender, a youth with a disability, a migrant farm worker youth, a child of an incarcerated parent, or a low-income youth. For further information contact Antonio McKoy, YouthBuild Program Manager, at (336)734-1283.

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