New Home Rehabilitation Loan Program (HRLP) for Rural Low-Income Households
Relief is coming for rural low-income homeowners needing repair help, starting November 2018.
The Home Rehabilitation Loan Program (HRLP) will provide deferred loans to rural, low-income households that need repairs and improvements on their primary residence for health, safety, or durability. Funding for the loan program comes from the State of Washington Capital Budget.
Loan applications and loan services are only available in the rural areas shown below on the map.
If you are interested in applying and live in one of these areas, click on the map to see who to contact for an application.
Commerce does not distribute applications and loans directly.
For Loan Clients - How to Find Locations Offering Loans
- Find your location on the map
- Click on your location for information on who serves your county
- Click on the purple house symbol for details on who to contact for information
The Home Rehabilitation Loan Program (also called Rural Rehab) funds Rehabilitation Agencies to provide deferred loans to rural, low-income households needing repairs and improvements on their primary residence to increase health, safety and durability.
Rural low-income households with income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level can get a deferred loan.
Number of People in Household
For each additional person add:
When the program begins in November 2018 you will be able to contact the Rehabilitation Agency serving your rural county to apply. These Rehabilitation Agencies are:
|Benton-Franklin Community Action Committee||Benton, Franklin Counties|
|Blue Mountain Action Council||Columbia, Garfield, Walla Walla Counties|
|Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council||Chelan, Douglas Counties|
|Olympic Community Action Programs||Clallam, Jefferson Counties|
|Coastal Community Action Program||Grays Harbor, Pacific Counties|
|Community Action Partnership – Idaho||Asotin County|
|Community Action Center of Whitman County||Whitman County|
|Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties||Lewis, Mason, Thurston Counties|
|Housing Authority of Skagit County||Skagit County|
Lower Columbia Community Action Council
Rural Resources Community Action
Cowlitz, Wahkiakum Counties
Ferry, Pend Oreille, Lincoln Counties
|Okanogan County Community Action Council||Okanogan County|
|The Opportunity Council||Whatcom, Island, San Juan Counties|
|Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic||Part of Yakima County|
|OIC of WA||Adams, Grant, part of Yakima Counties|
This program is for residents in non-entitlement areas of Washington State.
Residents of these 32 Washington counties are eligible
Residents of the cities listed below in these counties are NOT eligible
Work on your home must be residential repairs and improvements that affect health, safe, and durability of your home. They must be essential improvements like rot removal, foundation/structural improvements, energy-related improvements, lead-based paint and asbestos work, improvements for handicapped persons, repair or replacement of major housing systems, emergency storm repairs, seismic retrofits, or radon mitigation.
1. You have to own and live in the house that is going to be repaired.
2. Your income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level as adjusted for family size. (see chart in answer to “Who can get a loan?” above)
3. You must be living in one of the rural areas listed above.
You will be given priority if you are a senior citizen, a person with a disability a veteran, or in a family with children five years old and younger.
If you are an eligible household you can borrow either up to 80% of the home’s assessed value after rehabilitation, or up to $40,000, whichever is less.
The interest rate for the program is set based on the previous year’s consumer price index. Loans issued in 2018 will have an interest rate of 2.1%. Loans issued in 2019 are expected to be have an interest rate of 2.9%. Your interest rate is not adjustable; once you take out a loan, your interest rate is fixed for the length of the loan.
Rehabilitation Agencies may need to, and are authorized to charge you up to 7% of the home rehabilitation costs as an administrative fee. This fee is to help cover the costs of title reports, project management, and loan processing fees.
Yes. This program is a revolving loan fund so homeowners are required to pay the loan principal, administrative fee and interest when they sell or transfer the ownership of the home or when it is no longer their primary residence. While this is a deferred loan program, homeowners can choose o make periodic payments.