Clarkston Affordable Home Repair (CAHR) Program

At Habitat for Humanity, we believe everyone deserves a decent place to live. In addition to building new homes in the valley, we also make affordable home repairs in Clarkston city limits..

Working in partnership with the City of Clarkston and Washington State Department of Commerce, LCVHFH is offering a Clarkston Affordable Home Repair (CAHR) Program.

The CAHR helps families address critical needs in their homes by focusing on safety, accessibility and meeting municipal codes. By offering home repairs for no or low cost, the program will help preserve and ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing in Clarkston. Our program provides repairs and ADA modifications for low-income homeowners, such as those who are disabled or on a fixed income, so residents can continue to live safely and independently.

This programs is NOT available for:

  • Landlords or property management companies
  • Owners of mobile homes
If you live in Lewiston, Idaho, please call (208) 746-7265  ext. 7265 to get more information about their Home Repair Program.

Clarkston Affordable Home Repair Program Possible Repairs:

  • Porch and step repairs
  • Exterior door repair and replacements
  • Roof and chimney repairs
  • Broken window repairs
  • Interior code violations
  • Plumbing hazards
  • Electrical hazards
  • HVAC repairs
  • Foundation repairs
  • Structural repairs
  • Tree hazards
  • Gutters
  • Installation of smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors

NOTE: For exterior home repairs, see our Brush with Kindness (BWK) program

The three major criteria for selection into L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity (LCVHFH) Clarkston Affordable Home Repair program are:

  • Need
  • Willingness and Ability to Accept Financial Responsibility
  • Willingness to Partner with LCVHFH

 NEED: The homeowner must currently live in housing that is unsafe or otherwise in poor condition, such as

  • Structural deficiencies
  • Safety issues
  • Health-related deficiencies
  • Livability issues
  • The homeowner must be unable to perform the repairs themselves
  • The homeowner must be unable to afford to pay someone to do the repairs
  • The total household income must fall below the levels listed below:

Family Size Maximum Income*:

Household Size Maximum Median Gross Income to Qualify for CAHR
1 $40,050
2 $45,800
3 $51,500
4 $57,200
5 $61,800

*Income guidelines are subject to change.  The above figures are 2021 Income Limits (For non-entitlement communities served by the Washington State CDBG Program)  Call the LCVHFH administrative office for information on households over five.

WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • The homeowner must be able to pay $100 deposit at time of signing agreement.
  • The homeowner must be able to pay 5%-20% of the costs of materials.  The percentage is based on income and can be paid in monthly installments.

 WILLINGNESS TO PARTNER

  • The homeowner must obtain and provide the required documentation and information by the given deadlines.
  • The homeowner must be honest and cooperative with LCVHFH.
  • The homeowner must perform sweat equity to the extent that they are physically able to do so.

 What is Sweat Equity?

Sweat Equity refers to the work that the homeowner performs with LCVHFH on the repair project for their home. Sweat Equity is key to the success of the Habitat program.  Working alongside volunteers to repair homes is one of the most unique and rewarding aspects of Habitat for Humanity.  For homeowners unable to work with CAHR on their home, other accommodations to volunteer will be made.

  1. Own and occupy a home that needs repairs as defined above
  2. Be within city limits of Clarkston, WA
  3. Meet income guidelines based on chart in previous section (INCOME).
  4. You are unable to complete repair project due to age, disability, or other circumstances (NEED).
  5. You are willing to complete 24 hours of “sweat equity” working with L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity on your home or other Habitat volunteer opportunities (WILLINGNESS TO HELP).
  6. Pay  a $100 non-refundable deposit, and 5% to or 20% of materials cost for the project.  The payback is determined on a sliding scale based upon income.  An affordable payment schedule will be set up to pay your percentage of material costs.
  1. At the time of selection, homeowner must intend to continue to reside in the home as primary residence for no less than three years.
  2. Homeowner must be current on all payments including insurance, taxes and mortgage payments.
  3. Must not be any liens against the property, other than mortgage liens.
  4. Applicant must be a homeowner, must live in the home, and the home must be the homeowner’s primary residence.
  5. Homeowner(s) must pass a background check.
  6. Home cannot be used in a manner that violates local, state, and federal law.
  7. Family must agree to continue to maintain the home to the best of their ability (keep neat, clean, and in good repair) so as not to reduce its value or that of the neighborhood.
  1. Fill out the online or pdf application; incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered
  2. If the question doesn’t apply to you, you may mark N/A or leave it blank.
  3. Attach additional sheets as needed
  4. Sign and date the authorization and release forms
  5. If there are co-applications, all applicants must sign
  6. Mail, drop off or upload additional requested documents. See the following section for list of documents

LCVHFH will review all repair requests.  Once approved, the LCVHFH CAHR Program Coordinator will review the repair(s) request and job costs with the homeowner for their approval of all costs before the work begins.

As condition of approval, the homeowner(s) will be required to provide a signed photo release for photos of the family and home.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION

Please upload or send copies of the following documents:

*Originals will not be returned, but copies can be made in our office, by appointment.

  1. Your newest income tax return.
    • If you did not file taxes for this past year, please provide a letter, signed by you, that states you did not file taxes and the reason why.
  2. Your last 2 paycheck stubs or other proof of income.
  3. Your last 2 bank statements showing all checking, saving, and loan balances.
    • If you do not have a bank account, please write that on the application.
    • Proof of child support or public assistance.
    • This includes SSI, TANF, Social Security, disability, food stamps, etc.
  4. Proof of home ownership.
    • Deed of Trust or recent property tax receipt.

Habitat’s Home Repair Program would not be possible without the generosity of our program sponsors:

NOTICE OF SMALL WORKS ROSTER REQUEST FOR SOLICITATION

This publication serves as notice that L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity (LCVHFH) is soliciting applications from contractors to establish a small works roster for soliciting quotes for the WA Commerce Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Affordable Housing Repair project in the City of Clarkston, WA. This notice pertains to projects with an estimated value of $10,000 or less.

All contracting firms interested in submitting solicitations are required to submit an LCVHFH SWR Application. The application shall demonstrate the contractor possesses all appropriate licenses and registration to perform work in the State of Washington, City of Clarkston. DBE/WBE firms are encouraged to submit notice.

Submittals will be held for a period of two (2) years after which time it is the contractor’s responsibility to resubmit.

Please contact LCV HFH at 208.792.7568 or email at director@lewisclarkhabitat.org, if you require additional information. All applications shall be mailed or emailed to

LCV HFH

ATTN: SMALL WORKS ROSTER

PO Box 317

Clarkston, WA 99403

director@lewisclarkhabitat.org

Featured Story

Janet Duman talks about the impact the Clarkston Affordable Home Repair program had on her family. In partnership with the City of Clarkston, L-C Valley Habitat saved her home.

Click here to listen to a short clip of Janet telling her story.