Owner-Occupied Rehab Programs

Helping existing residents with critical home repairs

Invest Atlanta administers two Owner-Occupied Rehab (OOR) programs, that operate in various neighborhoods around the city of Atlanta. They include Atlanta Heritage and Westside Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab programs. 

Heritage OOR programs are the City of Atlanta's goal to increase investments from public and private sources to support affordable housing and anti-displacement in Atlanta.

 

Atlanta Heritage Program -- FAQ

This application is currently closed.

Status: 2023 Applicants ranked 4 and 3 are currently being served.

Invest Atlanta and the City of Atlanta Department of City Planning and Community Development utilized $22MM of the 2021 Housing Opportunity Fund to support the continuation of a citywide program to assist homeowners with up to $30K in critical health and safety repairs on the major systems in their home.

 

Click here to view a recording outlining program details.

 

Program Details

The citywide Owner-Occupied Rehab program provides eligible homeowners with up to $30,000 in eligible health and safety repairs to critical systems in their home.  Funds are provided as  a deferred forgivable loan for either 5 or 10-years at a 0% interest rate with payments deferred and forgiven until the earlier of loan maturity, sale, transfer of ownership, or failure to maintain the property as the primary residence during the term of the loan.  Direct construction amounts of $15,000 or less have a 5-year term, and direct construction amounts over $15,000 will have a 10-year term.  The principal balance is reduced by 10% or 20% annually, provided the eligible homeowner maintains primary residency.  The prorated remaining balance is due and payable immediately if the home is sold, transferred or no longer the primary residence within the term of the loan.  A lien will be placed on the home.

Preliminary Guidelines (subject to change prior to application launch.)

  • Homeowner must reside within the City of Atlanta, excluding the Westside Tax Allocation District.
  • Must be a primary homeowner and existing resident of the property at least five (5) years prior to application.
  • Annual Household Income must not exceed 60% of area median income (“AMI”; adjusted for household size, limitations may apply).
    • 1 Person Household ($42,900)
    • 2 Person Household ($49,020)
    • 3 Person Household ($55,140)
    • 4 Person Household ($61,260)
    • 5 Person Household ($66,180)
    • 6 Person Household ($71,100)
    • 7 Person Household ($76,020)
  • Senior households aged 65+, Military Veterans, Disabled Head of Households and those that have been in their homes for 15+ years will have a priority in the program.
  • Homeowners with 1st and 2nd mortgage liens are permitted, provided all mortgages are current and not in default.
  • Homeowners with outstanding tax liens, FIFAs, etc. are ineligible for the program.  Water liens with a payment plan are eligible. 

Eligible Repairs

Only the amount needed to cover the cost of the eligible repair items will be provided.  All applicants may not reach the full $30,000 budget maximum. 

 
Interior Exterior
HVAC / Ductwork / Furnace

Roofs

Hot Water Heaters Gutters
ADA Improvements Porch / Deck
Minor Electrical Walkway / Stairs / Driveway
Minor Plumbing Siding / Exterior Painting

Take the following steps to get prepared!

  • Ensure your mortgage payments are current.
  • Ensure that your title is clean with no outstanding liens, other than your mortgages.
  • Ensure that all owners agree with participating in the program.
  • Ensure that you have active homeowners’ insurance.
  • Ensure that you have documentation of your veteran status, if applicable.
  • Ensure that you have documentation of your disabled status, if applicable.
  • Ensure you have documentation of your income.

 

Invest Atlanta Income Limits & Maximums

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Contact Your Program Manager for More Information

Council Districts Program Manager Contact Phone Email 
1 & 8

Family Community

Housing Association

Julius Webb

Rhonda Gilbert

470-276-6945

jwebb@fchainc.org

rgilbert@fchainc.org

2 & 9

Executive Realty

Solutions

Justin Menifee

Rokia Martin
Shauielle Anderson

678-961-0066

jmenifee@ersreo.com

rmartin@ersreo.com

sanderson@ersreo.com

3 & 4

Meals on Wheels

Atlanta

Vona Cox 404-351-3889
x233
vcox@mowatl.org
5 & 7

Market Movers

& Mavens

Rena Johnson

Timothy Smith

678-561-4769

rena@mmmavens.com

tsmith@mmmavens.com

6 & 10 House Proud Toni Collins 404-998-9628 info@houseproudatlanta.org
11 & 12 Synergy Real Estate Program Manager 678-763-1127 assistant@synergyrealestate.org

 

(Click here to find your District. Type in your address and look under Administrative Area.)

 

View completed rehab info including funds expended: City of Atlanta Affordable Housing Tracker

 


 

Westside Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab Program -- FAQ

This OOR program is for residents in the Westside TAD neighborhoods of Vine City, English Avenue and portions of Castleberry Hill), and is funded by the Vine City Trust Fund and Westside TAD tax increment financing.  It provides up to $60K for health and safety repairs for eligible households earning 80% of the area median income or less. Funds will be provided in the form of a 10-year forgivable loan at a 0% interest rate with payments deferred and forgiven until the earlier of loan maturity, sale, transfer of ownership, or failure to maintain the property as the primary residence during the loan term. 

This program is currently accepting applications.  Please contact Meals On Wheels Atlanta at 404-351-3889 or Vona Fox at vcox@mowatl.org to apply

Eligibility Requirements for Westside Heritage OOR

  • Homeowner within the Westside Tax Allocation District (Vine City, English Avenue, and portions of Castleberry Hill)
  • Must be a primary homeowner and existing resident as of September 30, 2015
  • Household income must not exceed 80% of area median income (AMI), adjusted for household size. (Income Limits PDF)
  • Homeowners with 1st mortgage liens are permitted.  Homes with other liens (2nd mortgages, tax liens, FIFAs, etc. are ineligible for the program.
  • Water liens without a payment plan are ineligible for the program.

 


Choice Neighborhoods Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab Program -- FAQ

The application is currently closed, as the program is sunsetting.

 

Westside Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab Program -- FAQ

This OOR program is for residents in the Westside TAD neighborhoods of Vine City, English Avenue and portions of Castleberry Hill), and is funded by the Vine City Trust Fund and Westside TAD tax increment financing.  It provides up to $60K for health and safety repairs for eligible households earning 80% of the area median income or less. Funds will be provided in the form of a 10-year forgivable loan at a 0% interest rate with payments deferred and forgiven until the earlier of loan maturity, sale, transfer of ownership, or failure to maintain the property as the primary residence during the loan term. 

This program is currently accepting applications.  Please contact Meals On Wheels Atlanta at 404-351-3889 or Vona Fox at vcox@mowatl.org to apply

Eligibility Requirements for Westside Heritage OOR

  • Homeowner within the Westside Tax Allocation District (Vine City, English Avenue, and portions of Castleberry Hill)
  • Must be a primary homeowner and existing resident as of September 30, 2015
  • Household income must not exceed 80% of area median income (AMI), adjusted for household size. (Income Limits PDF)
  • Homeowners with 1st mortgage liens are permitted.  Homes with other liens (2nd mortgages, tax liens, FIFAs, etc. are ineligible for the program.
  • Water liens without a payment plan are ineligible for the program.

 


Choice Neighborhoods Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab Program -- FAQ

The application is currently closed, as the program is sunsetting.

 

 

 

 

 

Homeowner Testimonials

Jeanette Henderson (Resident of City of Atlanta District 2)

Mrs. Henderson is Atlanta native and has been a homeowner in the City of Atlanta for 65 years. As a recipient of a forgivable Heritage Owner Occupied Rehab loan, Henderson was able to afford critical health and safety repairs on her home.

“A lot of people don’t think about the seniors,” said Henderson. “I think the program is a nice thing for senior citizens because seniors don’t really have a lot of money to get these things done.”
 
Henderson bought her home because she was interested in being a homeowner instead of renting an apartment in Atlanta. With her loan, she is able to remove mold, install new planks, treat and repair termite damage, repair her hot water tank, upgrade pipes, and replace her stairs.
 
“Some seniors can afford to get some things done but they can’t afford to get everything done,” said Henderson. “This program was a great idea!”

 

Robert Fisher (Resident of City of Atlanta District 5)

The Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab (OOR) program has helped Mr. Robert Fisher stay in the East Atlanta home he has lived in for more than 45 years.

His daughter Jacqueline told him about Heritage OOR, and with the funds he received, program managers from the National Property Institute made important repairs to his home. These included upgrades to his heating and air conditioning systems, a new coat of paint on the house, and the trimming of trees on his property.

Asked if he’d recommend the program to his friends and neighbors, Mr. Fisher said, “Of course I would.”

“I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “And I appreciate it.”

“I think it’s a beneficial program for people that plan to stay in their homes,” his daughter said. “It’s worthwhile, especially if you’ve got many things you want to have repaired and you’re on a fixed income, you can’t afford to get it done yourself. So it’s beneficial, very beneficial.” 

 

Homeowner Testimonials

Jeanette Henderson (Resident of City of Atlanta District 2)

Mrs. Henderson is Atlanta native and has been a homeowner in the City of Atlanta for 65 years. As a recipient of a forgivable Heritage Owner Occupied Rehab loan, Henderson was able to afford critical health and safety repairs on her home.

“A lot of people don’t think about the seniors,” said Henderson. “I think the program is a nice thing for senior citizens because seniors don’t really have a lot of money to get these things done.”
 
Henderson bought her home because she was interested in being a homeowner instead of renting an apartment in Atlanta. With her loan, she is able to remove mold, install new planks, treat and repair termite damage, repair her hot water tank, upgrade pipes, and replace her stairs.
 
“Some seniors can afford to get some things done but they can’t afford to get everything done,” said Henderson. “This program was a great idea!”

 

Robert Fisher (Resident of City of Atlanta District 5)

The Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab (OOR) program has helped Mr. Robert Fisher stay in the East Atlanta home he has lived in for more than 45 years.

His daughter Jacqueline told him about Heritage OOR, and with the funds he received, program managers from the National Property Institute made important repairs to his home. These included upgrades to his heating and air conditioning systems, a new coat of paint on the house, and the trimming of trees on his property.

Asked if he’d recommend the program to his friends and neighbors, Mr. Fisher said, “Of course I would.”

“I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “And I appreciate it.”

“I think it’s a beneficial program for people that plan to stay in their homes,” his daughter said. “It’s worthwhile, especially if you’ve got many things you want to have repaired and you’re on a fixed income, you can’t afford to get it done yourself. So it’s beneficial, very beneficial.” 

 
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