2018 Vacant Property Prevention Program Guidelines
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The mission of the Vacant Property Prevention Program is to assist individuals and families to remain in their homes and live independently in a safe and sound environment. Applicant and property criteria for participation in this program are outlined below.
Please click for the Vacant Property Prevention Program Brochure
Geographic Location and Eligible Properties
Eligible properties include owner-occupied properties located within the City of Columbus corporate limits.
The following properties are not eligible for funding under the Home Safe and Sound Program: duplexes, doubles, multi-family buildings, mobile homes and/or properties being purchased under land contract agreements.
Eligible Home Repair Work
Priority will be given to structural, roof, mechanical and health and safety items. Funds may be used for work necessary to correct substandard, unsanitary or deteriorated condition(s). Types of repairs include correcting written housing code violations and lead paint hazards, replacing roofs and roof elements, furnaces, securing bowing/shifting basements walls, etc. Funds may also be used for health, safety, accessibility and energy efficiency work such as installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, ramps, insulation, etc.
You will contract with a private, City-licensed contractor selected through a bidding process with contractors on the City's Home Safe and Sound Participating Contractor List.
Eligible households include families earning 80% or less of the area median income (AMI) as determined by HUD regulations, with adjustments for smaller and larger families/households. The applicant must have owned and occupied the property for 12 months prior to the time of application, be current on mortgage payments, current on bankruptcy payments and have no outstanding liens.
Property taxes must be current at the time of application (or at the time of final approval for assistance by Home Safe and Sound Program) or the owner must be on a verifiable payment plan with the Franklin County Auditor's Office.
|2018 HUD Income Guideline - 80% Area Median Income Effective April 1, 2018|
|Family || Yearly Income |
NOTE: Total household income includes the income of all adults 18 years of age and older living in the home.
Home Safe and Sound@Columbus.gov