How can low income homeowners in Texas get a grant for replacing air conditioning units?

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The state of Texas and federal agencies provide grants for low income homeowners to make repairs to their property. Eligible uses of funds include repairing or replacing air conditioning units. To qualify for one of these programs you must meet the established income limit level requirements. These income limit levels are based on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's income limit guidelines set for every county across the country. These programs are intended to assist low income homeowners and renters most vulnerable to increases in daily cost of living expenses.



Weatherization Assistance Program

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Energy have formed a partnership to provide $13 million in funding to the state of Texas for weatherization services. Low income families can get help to reduce their utility bills by $437 annually with the Weatherization Assistance Program. Typical weatherization services include repairing or replacing air and heating systems, weather stripping or installing energy efficient appliances. The family's total household income cannot exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level to qualify for services. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs estimates that 3,700 households receive weatherization services annually. The average funding provided per household is $6,500.

Homebuyer Assistance and Rehabilitation Program



The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs' Homebuyer Assistance Program helps low income home buyers purchase and rehabilitate single family homes. A home buyer who needs to replace air conditioning can get up to $20,000, which includes acquisition and rehabilitation costs. To qualify for the program, the home buyer's total household income cannot exceed 80 percent of the area's median income. He must occupy the home as his primary place of residence and complete a home buyer counseling class. Eligible property types include single family homes, condos and manufactured homes. The assistance is provided in the form of a zero-interest deferred forgivable loan.

Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance

The Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance Program helps low income homeowners in Texas rehabilitate, reconstruct,or construct a home. Homeowners with income at or below 80 percent of the area's median income are eligible to apply for help. The title to the home must be free and clear and the homeowner must be current on taxes. Up to $85,000 is provided for reconstruction or new construction of a home; $30,000 is provided for rehabilitation projects, including air conditioning replacement. An extra $5,000 can be provided to make the home accessible for people with disabilities or to elevate the home above the floodplain.

City of Houston Single Family Home Repair Program

Cities also have home repair programs that help low-income homeowners replace their air conditioning units. The City of Houston provides funding for the Single Family Home Repair Program. You can qualify for up to $30,000 to replace air conditioning units as well as correct deferred maintenance items. Your total household income cannot exceed 80 percent of the median income for the City of Houston. You must also have owned the home for five years to qualify for help.

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