The Town of Bristol began the Home Repair Program as a way to help individuals, who may not have the necessary means, to make improvements to their local residences.
How is this program funded?
Each year, the Town of Bristol applies for funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program to support local home repair activities. Program funding availability is contingent on a successful application and availability of funds.
Are there any out of pocket expenses with this program?
CDBG funds are provided to homeowners as a 0% interest -forgivable loan with no closing costs and no fees with the conditions that:
- 1) A 5-30 year lien is placed on the property depending on the total project cost.
- 2) The total gross household income must not exceed current HUD-established income limits at the time of application.
- 3) If the home is sold during the active lien period, a prorated percentage of the grant must be paid back to the Town, based on the number of years since the project was completed. At the end of the term period, the lien is removed.
*Additional conditions may apply. Please contact Church Community Housing Corporation for more information.
What types of projects can be done under the Home Repair Program?
There are a variety of home repair projects that could be eligible for this program including roof repair and replacement, window replacement, handicap accessibility projects, and more. Please set up a consultation with CDBG Program Liaison Robert Plain to determine if your project is eligible.
How long does the approval process take?
After a homeowner submits their application and income documentation to Church Community Housing Corporation, it takes approximately 6-8 weeks to prepare and submit the State’s grant application. Once submitted, applications are reviewed by the RI Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD). Award decisions from OHCD take approximately 60-90 days.
What if I found my own contractor to do the work?
The Community Development Block Grant program requires that the Town of Bristol goes out to bid for home repair projects. If you have a contractor that is interested in bidding on the project, please encourage them to apply to be on Bristol’s Preferred Contractor list. The qualifications and requirements for contractors are provided below.
What if I’m a contractor and I’m interested in being on Bristol’s Preferred Contractor list?
Thank you for your interest! The Town of Bristol is always looking for qualified contractors for inclusion on its bid list for the Home Repair Program. Contractors needed for this list include general, electrical, plumbing, heating, and masonry contractors.
The Town of Bristol requires that all preferred contractors have:
- A Rhode Island License and be registered with the State Board of Contractor’s Registration;
- A Lead Safe Re-modeler/Renovator License*; and
- Liability and Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
What if I have more questions about the Bristol Home Repair Program?
Applicants are encouraged to review the Program Terms & Conditions document provided below. For additional questions, please contact the Home Repair Program Liaison at [email protected].
Income eligibility for the Home Repair Program is determined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis.
Current HUD income limits are listed below based on household size. In order to qualify for the Home Repair Program, the homeowner must provide household income information documenting all sources of income.
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Household Income Limit for the 2022-2023 (PY20/21) Program Year
Homeowners interested in applying for the Bristol Home Repair Program should complete the application. Applications must be returned in person or by mail to Church Community Housing Corporation at 50 Washington Square, Newport, RI 02840. Once an application is submitted, eligibility for the program is determined based on the information received. For your convenience, a program guide is included with the application packet.
Fair Housing means all persons have equal opportunity to be considered for rental units, purchase of property, housing loans, and property insurance regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, mental disability, physical disability, and familial status (presence of children in the home).
The Town of Bristol is proud to promote and support fair housing initiatives as part of its Community Development Block Grant program.
Director of Community Development
Town of Bristol, Rhode Island
235 High Street, 1st Floor, Bristol, RI 02809