Home Improvement Assistance

The City of Gary’s Home Improvement Assistance Programs are funded by the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The funds are awarded to the City of Gary by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The programs’ objectives are to preserve existing low and moderate income housing, to assist very low and low to moderate income owners/occupants in bringing their homes up to an acceptable standard code; and, to enhance and revitalize neighborhoods within the City. The home must be a single -family dwelling, owner-occupied; and, meet the HUD Income Guidelines and Housing Quality Standards.

Housing Repair Program
CDBG funds will provide rehabilitation grants in target areas for low to moderate income, single-family owner-occupied Gary homeowners. A rehabilitation GRANT, up to a maximum of $25,000, may be awarded to income eligible homeowners for the purpose of making needed repairs to their residential properties to bring them into code compliance, eliminate violations that threaten the health and safety of the occupants of the home, and enable them to remain living in their home for as long as possible. The amount of the total cost of repairs cannot exceed $25,000. Eligible repairs (but not an all-inclusive list) include: Roof, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical. Target Areas are: Aetna, Emerson, Horace Mann, and University Park.

Senior Repair Program
CDBG funds will provide rehabilitation grants city-wide for low to moderate income, single-family owner-occupied Gary senior homeowners 62 yrs. of age or older. A rehabilitation GRANT, up to a maximum of $25,000, may be awarded to income eligible senior homeowners for the purpose of making needed repairs to their residential properties to bring them into code compliance, eliminate violations that threaten the health and safety of the occupants of the home, and/or provide disabled accessibility to those seniors with disabilities to enable them to remain living in their home for as long as possible. The amount of the total cost of repairs cannot exceed $25,000. Eligible repairs (but not an all-inclusive list) include: Roof, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and disabled accessibility.

Emergency Repair Program
Funding will provide grants to eliminate conditions that cause an immediate threat to the health and safety of low to moderate income, single family owner-occupied Gary homeowners. Assistance through this program is provided to correct the immediate safety concerns only and will be limited to only one item per household not to exceed $10,000. Eligible items will include: Furnace replacement, water heater replacement, or potentially hazardous electrical or plumbing systems.