Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and members of City Council today announced the launch of Renew Detroit, a new $30M home repair program to help low-income senior citizens and homeowners with disabilities receive major home repairs funded by the City. The program will effectively triple the amount of city-funded owner-occupied home repairs each year.
The Rocket Community Fund is proud to support this important initiative, which aligns with our ongoing commitment to housing stability, by donating the costs of a call center and hotline for the Renew Detroit program. The hotline, operated by Rocket Companies subsidiary Rock Connections, will provide residents the opportunity to speak with a representative to determine their eligibility and participate in the new initiative. The Rocket Community Fund is also conducting a Renew Detroit awareness campaign.
Speaking at a press event launching the program, Laura Grannemann, Vice President of the Rocket Community Fund emphasized the critical need to provide repair resources to Detroit as part of a holistic effort to stabilize housing and build equity for homeowners.
“As we continue to support Detroiters across the city to build stable homeownership, we have seen the magnitude of need for robust repair programs that address critical issues and provide peace of mind for homeowners,” said Grannemann. “We are excited to support Renew Detroit and applaud the City of Detroit’s ongoing commitment to helping residents repair their homes and build equity in their neighborhoods.”
In order to be eligible, homeowners must meet the following criteria:
- Age 62 or older or be a homeowner of any age with a disability
- Approved for a property tax exemption through the Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP), recently re-named the Homeowner Property Exemption (HOPE). The program is designed to provide property tax relief to eligible lower-income homeowners. For eligibility requirements and to apply for the HPTAP program, visit detroitmi.gov/hptap
- Have not received a home repair grant from the city of $10,000 or more in the past 10 years.
After meeting these initial criteria, homeowners will be selected based on a point system that includes length of ownership, number of people in the home, level of their HOPE tax exemption (25%, 50% or 100%) and whether they already are on a list for similar repairs with Wayne Metro or the city’s Senior Emergency Home Repair (SEHR) program.
Applications can be filled out online or completed over the phone by calling 313-244-0274 between 9 AM and 6 PM, Monday-Saturday. The application period for Phase One of the program is Friday, October 1 to October 31.