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Essential Home Repair

This program helps low-income homeowners in our communities to repair critical issues in or around their homes by providing affordable loans. Through the program homeowners partner with Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio. This work improves the quality of life and preserves the housing stock in Southeastern Ohio.

Note: This is not a free program.

The Essential Home Repair program addresses health and safety concerns in several areas of the home as well as in the community. Projects have a financial cap of $10,000. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Unsafe Roofing
  • Sidewalk Issues
  • Plumbing Issues
  • Roof/Deck Repairs
  • Accessibility
  • Hazards inside and outside the home

Note: Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio reserves the right to refuse to work on any project we feel does not fall within our scope of work.

The Essential Home Repair program serves homeowners throughout Southeast Ohio who:

  • Live in their own homes (no land contracts)
  • Have one or more essential housing repair needs
  • Must meet income guidelines (see tables to the right)
  • Are current on property tax payments
  • Have an active homeowner’s insurance policy
  • Willing to pay 20% down on project costs (Max of $750)
  • Willing to perform “sweat equity” hours based on project cost
  • Willing to make monthly, zero-interest payments back to Habitat Southeast Ohio

Mobile Homes

Habitat Southeast Ohio will work on mobile homes if all the above requirements are met as well as these additional guidelines:

  • Must own mobile home and land (no land contracts)
  • Habitat Southeast Ohio will only complete work up to 25% of the value of the mobile home (as determined by Habitat Southeast Ohio)

Income Guidelines

20% – 90% Area Median Income 

Fairfield County Family Size Minimum Income Maximum Income
One (1) $14,475 $57,900
Two (2) $16,537 $66,150
Three (3) $18,600 $74,400
Four (4) $20,662 $82,650
Five (5) $22,325 $89,300
Six (6) $23,975 $95,900
All Other Counties Family Size Minimum Income Maximum Income
One (1) $11,200 $44,800
Two (2) $12,800 $51,200
Three (3) $14,400 $57,600
Four (4) $16,000 $64,000
Five (5) $17,287 $69,150
Six (6) $18,562 $74,250