Clarkston Affordable Home Repair (CAHR) Program

At Habitat for Humanity, we believe everyone deserves a decent place to live. In addition to building and selling new, we also make affordable home repairs for homeowners in the neighborhoods where we build.

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

The Affordable Home Repair Program 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, Washington. Affordable repairs provide a low cost way for fixed income seniors and persons living with disabilities, living in Clarkston, to repair or modify their homes so that they can continue to live safely and independently, and age in place.

This programs is NOT available for:

  • Landlords or property management companies
  • Mobile homes owners that do not own the property where the mobile home resides.
If you live in Lewiston, Idaho, please visit https://www.cityoflewiston.org/624/Home-Repair-Program for information about their Home Repair Program, or call (208) 746-7265  ext. 7265.

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
  • 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 (LCV HFH) Clarkston Affordable Home Repair program are:

  • Need
  • Willingness and Ability to Accept Financial Responsibility
  • Willingness to Partner with LCV HFH

 NEED: The family 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 family must be unable to perform the repairs themselves
  • The family 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 BWK
1 $38,150
2 $43,600
3 $49,050
4 $54,500
5 58,900

*Income guidelines and estimated mortgage payments are subject to change.  The above figures are 2020 Income Limits (For non-entitlement communities served by the Washington State CDBG Program)  Call the LCV HFH administrative office for information on households over five.

WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • The family must be able to pay $100 deposit at time of signing agreement.
  • The family must be willing to repay LCV HFH, 10%, 15%, or 20% of the cost of the repair project, based upon gross income.  Can be setup in monthly payment installments.

 WILLINGNESS TO PARTNER

  • The family must obtain and provide the required documentation and information by the given deadlines.
  • The family must be honest and cooperative with LCV HFH.
  • The family 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 LCV HFH 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 on BWK project, other accommodations to volunteer will be made.

You must demonstrate the following requirements:

  1. Own and occupy a home that needs repairs as defined above
  2. Have a zip code of 99403. Meet income guidelines– See Income Requirements below (INCOME).
  3. You are unable to complete repair project due to age, disability, or other circumstances (NEED).
  4. You are willing to complete 24 hours of “sweat equity” working with L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity on their home or other Habitat volunteer opportunities, as (WILLINGNESS TO HELP).
  5. Pay  a $100 non-refundable deposit, and 10, 15 or 20% of materials cost for the project.  The payback is determined on a sliding scale based upon income.  An affordable payment schedule is set up to pay back the homeowners 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. You must be current on your mortgage payments and property taxes.
  3. Must not be any liens against the property, other than mortgage liens.
  4. Homeowner must be current on insurance and property taxes at time of repairs and through repayment period.
  5. Applicant must be a homeowner, must live in the home, and the home must be the homeowner’s primary residence.
  6. Homeowner(s) must pass a background check.
  7. Home cannot be used in a manner that violates local, state, and federal law.
  8. 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 all of 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, both must sign
  6. Mail, drop off or upload additional requested documents- see follow section for list of documents

LCV HFH will review all repair requests.  Once approved, the LCV HFH Construction Manager 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:

  1. Your newest income tax return.
  2. 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.
  3. Your last 2 paycheck stubs or other proof of income.
  4. You last 2 bank statements showing all checking, saving, and loan balances.
  5. If you do not have a bank account, please write that on the application.
  6. Proof of child support and/or public assistance if you receive them.
  7. This includes SSI, TANF, Social Security, disability, food stamps, etc.
  8. Proof of home ownership.
  9. Deed of Trust or recent property tax receipt will be sufficient.

Habitat’s Home Repair Pogram 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 (LCV HFH) 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 LCV HFH SWR Application. The application shall demonstrate the contractor possesses all appropriate licenses and registration to perform work in City of Clarkston, WA and the State of Washington. 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