|Safe Housing Assistance Program for the Elderly
WHAT IS THE SHAPE-UP PROGRAM?
SHAPE-UP is a home repair program funded and administered by Onondaga County Community Development Division. Eligible homeowners can apply for a grant to cover the costs of various home repairs.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE - Homeowners that meet the following criteria:
• who are at least 62 years old or handicapped;
• who have owned and occupied the property at least one year;
• whose property is within Onondaga County but outside the City of Syracuse;
• whose property taxes are current at the time of the application;
• whose property is covered by Homeowners Insurance; and
• whose household size and annual gross income fall within the guidelines listed below:
Limits effective March 28, 2016
HOW MUCH WORK CAN BE DONE ON MY HOME IF I QUALIFY?
Community Development will arrange to pay for the actual cost of necessary home repairs, up to a maximum of $10,000. This does not mean that each grant recipient is automatically entitled to the maximum grant.
WHAT KIND OF WORK CAN THE GRANT PAY FOR?
Repairs to mechanical systems, such as water supply, plumbing, heating, and electrical. Repairs to the structure, such as roofs, foundations, porches, and stairs. Installation of safety and energy related items, such as deadbolt locks, smoke detectors, grab bars, storm windows, and insulation. Lead Hazard reduction as required by HUD Lead-Based Paint Regulations. **If a child under six lives in the home or visits often and lead hazards are found, a grant of up to an additional $10,000 may be available.**
DO I HAVE TO PAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT?
No. SHAPE-UP is a grant program and does not require repayment unless the property is sold or transferred within Five (5) years of job completion.
WILL THERE BE A LIEN PLACED ON MY PROPERTY? -- YES
Assistance is in the form of a 5-year deferred loan. You must agree to repay 100% of the loan if you do not own and occupy the property as your principle residence for Five (5) yeas following completion of the work. Please call with any questions.
I THINK I'M ELIGIBLE, HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?
Click here to download an application.
For more information, contact Ed Donohue or Kristen McGriff at:
ONONDAGA COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
421 MONTGOMERY ST., 11th FL.
SYRACUSE, NY 13202