Housing Rehabilitation Program
The principle purpose of Kent County's Housing Rehabilitation Program is to maintain or improve the structural condition and safety of homes belonging to low and moderate income households within Kent County. The Program is funded with Federal Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Program provides funding to homeowners in the form of deferred payment loans and grants. Deferred payment loans do not accrue interest nor do they require a monthly payment, such loans are only due in full upon sale or transfer of the property. Grants do not require repayment.
Eligible work includes the correction of code violations, accessibility improvements, hazard abatement, necessary plumbing and heating improvements, energy efficiency improvements, etc. Emergency funds are also available when health and safety issues must be immediately addressed.
Contractors interested in being approved for participation in Kent County's Housing Rehabilitation Program and being invited to bid on the projects must be approved by the Kent County Purchasing Department. To begin the registration process, go to Vender Registration.
What is fair housing?
Fair housing choice means that all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, family status or national origin have equal access to housing opportunities.
Federal, state and local laws guarantee protection against discrimination in housing accommodation, giving all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin/ancestry, disability, genetic information, height, weight, arrest record, or familial status, the right to live wherever they can afford to buy a home or rent an apartment. In the City of Kentwood, Wyoming, and Grand Rapids, additional local ordinances do not permit a landlord to discriminate based on “verifiable and legal” source of income of a renter or owner.
If you believe you have been a victim of housing discrimination, you can contact the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan at (616) 451-2980 or 1-866-389-FAIR to file a complaint.