ACRON, Ohio. The City has allocated $10 million from American Rescue Plan Act funds to create a home renovation program for qualified homeowners.

“Akron’s home renovation program is by far the largest home renovation program in the nation using ARPA funds,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said.

What do you need to know

  • The City provided $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to create a home improvement program.
  • Under the program, qualified Akronite employees can receive up to $25,000 for repairs to roofs, plumbing, HVAC systems, and more.
  • The City plans to hold information sessions on the ARPA Home Improvement Program in each of Akron’s 10 boroughs.
  • The application process begins on June 23, but the city won’t begin reviewing applications until July 21.

The city authorities announced the launch Akron Home Renovation Program at a press conference on Thursday laying out a needs-based program under which Akronites can receive up to $25,000 for roof repairs, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, ADA accessibility, windows, doors, siding and more another.

According to Horrigan, the program is designed to help Akronites live better lives and increase real estate values.

“Over the past year and a half, we have consistently heard from our residents and from the City Council that such a program is sorely needed to support Akron’s hard-working homeowners,” he said.

Applications available online and in community centers of the city. Residents can also get help completing the application by calling 330-591-4694.

To reach as many people as possible, the city plans to hold ARPA Home Repair awareness sessions in each of Akron’s 10 boroughs, according to city council president Margot Sommerville. Information sessions of the parish will be held from June 28 to July 14.

Dates and venues for each of the 10 parish sessions are being specified. featured on the Akron City Council calendar on the council website.

“One of the most important things about this program is accessibility,” she said. “We want to make sure that everyone who needs this program has equal access to it.”

Applications open June 23rd.but the city won’t start considering applications until July 21, Sommerville said.

Sean Vollman, Director of the Office of Integrated Development, spoke about some of the requirements for the program.

Akron’s program is the largest ARPA-funded home improvement program in the US, officials said. (Jennifer Conn/Spectrum News 1)

“Akron’s home renovation program aims to help those hardest hit by the effects of the pandemic,” he said.

To claim fundsAccording to Wollman, applicants must be homeowners and live in the home.

Residents living within a Qualified Census Area (QCT) must have a median household income of 80% or less than the median income for that area. Compliance with the QCT criteria can be checked online: entering the address of the house on this site.

Residents who live outside the QCT must have an income at or below 50% of the area’s median income, Wollman said.

To determine if a homeowner’s income qualifies for the program, city ​​posted charts online.

Residents must also be up to date with their mortgage and property taxes, as well as state and local income taxes, or be up to date with an approved payment plan for overdue taxes for at least the previous three months.

Residents who rent, live in mobile homes or have a land contract are not eligible, the city said. However, the city plans to launch a rental housing renovation program soon.

Work on the houses is scheduled to begin at the end of July. The City plans to host two road trips for local licensed contractors:

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm Summit Lake Community Center, 380 W. Crosier St,
  • Wednesday, July 6, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Patterson Park Community Center, 800 Patterson Ave.

“It will be a work in progress,” Horrigan said. “So we’re going to be diligently trying to do that with ARPA eligibility over the next three years.”

Applications can be featured on the city’s websitelanded in any community centers of the city or by mail to Akron, Ohio, Housing Rehabilitation Department, 166 S High St., Room 100, Akron 44308.

To learn more about Akron’s home renovation program or get help filling out an application visit website or call 330-591-4694.

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