Urgent Repair Program

Goals and Objectives

The goals of the Urgent Repair Program are to alleviate housing conditions which pose an imminent threat to the life and safety of very low and low-income homeowners with specials needs, and to provide accessibility modifications and other repairs necessary to prevent displacement of very low and low-income homeowners with specials needs, such as frail elderly and persons with disabilities.

The objectives of the program are to distribute program funds equitably across all regions of the state; to serve households with urgent repair needs which cannot be met through other state or federally funded housing assistance programs; and to enable frail elderly and others with physical disabilities to remain in their homes by providing essential accessibility modifications.

Eligible Repairs

Eligible repairs must meet the above goals and objectives and may include:

  • imminent structural system failures (porches, steps, roofs)
  • plumbing system and electrical system hazards
  • accessibility repairs (ramps, handrails, grab bars, kitchen/bathroom adaptations, door alterations, etc.)
  • water heater repair/replacement
  • structural repair work (roof, wall, ceiling, floor or foundation)
  • windows repair/replacement
  • exterior door repair/replacement
  • structural repair work (roof, wall, ceiling, floor or foundation
  • repairs to prevent the imminent displacement of eligible households
  • imminent threats to life or safety
  • other improvements on a case-by-case basis

Maximum Assistance

The maximum amount of assistance is $5,400 per dwelling unit. There is no minimum.

Forms of Assistance

Program assistance will be provided to owner-occupants in the form of an unsecured, deferred, interest-free loan. Owners must reside in Wilson County. Urgent Repair funds are provided by North Carolina Housing Finance Agency Housing Trust Funds.

Eligible Households

  • Only low and very low-income owner occupants with special needs are eligible for assistance. Fifty percent (50%) of the program funds will benefit very low-income households with the remainder Fifty percent (50%) going to benefit low-income households.
  • Low-income households are those households with gross annual incomes not exceeding 50% of the income limits.
  • Very low-income households are those households with gross annual incomes not exceeding 30% of the income limits

Eligible Households with special needs include:

  • Homeowners who are at least 62 years old
  • Handicapped or disabled members
  • Single parents with at least one dependent child in the residence
  • Five or more persons
  • Children below the age of six whose elevated blood lead levels are between 10uy/dl and 20uy/dl

All eligible households must be located in the City of Wilson or in the unincorporated areas of Wilson county.

Repair Standards

Program funds may be used to affect urgently needed repairs or modifications without regard to whether the dwelling unit meets any local, state or federal housing quality standards. However, all work using Program funds must meet North Carolina State Residential Building Code (volume VII) standards and be done in compliance with all state or local permitting, inspections, licensing, and insurance requirements.

Ineligible Uses of Program Funds

Program funds cannot be used:

  • in conjunction with any source of state or federal housing assistance (CDBG or HOME)
  • on any dwelling unit for which other sources of state or federal assistance are available at the time of the repair work; or
  • on any dwelling unit for which other sources of state or federal assistance are likely to become available within six months following the completion of the repair work under the program.

For further information on the Urgent Repair Program, please call (252) 399-2230 between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Equal Housing Opportunity