City accepting applications for emergency home repairs

Adam Curtis Public Affairs Press Releases

Homeowners living in substandard housing conditions can now apply for emergency repairs under a new City of Sierra Vista program funded by Community Development Block Grant dollars.

The Emergency Repair Program is open to owner-occupied Sierra Vista households that meet Department of Housing and Urban Development low and moderate-income qualifications. Repairs provided under the program are limited to issues affecting habitability of the home such as: a lack of running water, electricity, or heating/cooling; leaking water lines, gas lines, or fixtures; or other deficiencies that pose an immediate safety risk. Accessibility modifications for the elderly or disabled are also eligible.

Each household can receive a maximum of $7,500 in assistance under the program currently authorized for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2018.

“This program is tailored to aid homeowners who are struggling with serious issues with their house and may not have the resources to cover repairs on their own,” Community Development Director Matt McLachlan says. “We hope to provide improved safety and quality of life for homeowners who need it most.”

Applications will be considered based on eligibility under the program and priority of the emergency repairs. Application forms are available online or at City Hall. For more information, call the Community Development Department at (520) 417-4413.