The Decatur ReHAB program was established as a committee of the Decatur Land Trust in 2021, to be an integral part of an effort to preserve affordable homes for low-income residents.
Informed by the Community Development Assistance Program of the Atlanta Regional Commission and inspired by the success of the City of Decatur’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project, the Decatur Home ReHAB program seeks to retain Decatur’s legacy residents and preserve smaller, older homes by addressing deferred home maintenance that many current residents are not able to afford.
In past years, Decatur’s neighborhoods have seen a rise in median household income, a changing landscape due to demolitions, and increased pressure for residents of smaller, older homes to sell. By assisting with home maintenance and rehabilitation, Decatur hopes to alleviate pressures on these often long-term, older residents due to rising property values, gentrification, and market pressures.
The Decatur Home Rehabilitation Program will focus primarily on legacy residents on fixed incomes, as well as low-income homeowners. Repairs and rehabilitation will assist these homeowners in maintaining safe, accessible homes using public subsidy and grant funding, donations, and low interest loans to hire local skilled technicians to make needed repairs.
The first step is to submit a statement of interest form on the website or contact Kristin.Allin@decaturga.com to express interest in the program. Interested homeowners will be contacted after submission of the statement of interest form, and must then fill out an Application for Home Repair and provide proof of income to ensure eligibility.
If approved, the type of financing will be determined. Approval is contingent upon the amount of funds available (at the time of submission for approval). Upon approval, a final agreement will be signed detailing work requested, funding details, and any repayment schedules.
Qualified contractor(s) will submit pricing for the repair(s). Upon approval, selected contractor(s) will apply for permitting as required by the City of Decatur, perform the repair as detailed in the final agreement and to meet construction standards as required by the City of Decatur, and submit to a final inspection.