The Town of Bristol began the Home Repair Program as a way to help individuals, who may not have the necessary means, make improvements to their local residence.
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.
Are there any out of pocket expenses with this program?
CDBG funds are provided to homeowners as grants with the conditions that:
- 1) A 5-30 year lien is placed on the property depending on the total project cost.
- 2) During this lien period, individuals living in the home must maintain income qualification for the program.
- 3) If the home is sold during the active lien period, a 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 forgiven. *Additional conditions apply. Please contact the Town of Bristol 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 the Economic Development Coordinator to determine if your project is eligible.
How long does the approval process take?
After a homeowner submits their income documentation, 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 is 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.
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 2020-2021 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. 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.
The Town of Bristol is not accepting applications at this time.
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.
SouthCoast Fair Housing (SCFH)
SouthCoast Fair Housing (SCFH) is a nonprofit fair housing organization dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination, ensuring equal housing opportunities, and developing inclusive communities throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
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