Home Repair Assistance
Home Repairs for Low/Moderate Income Homeowners
The City of Kent offers a variety of home repair services to low and moderate income owners of single-family houses, mobile homes* and condo units within the city limits of Kent.
*Mobile homes must be 1976 or newer with HUD certification, not received prior services and the occupant must be senior and/or disabled.
Repairs which help maintain the health and safety of occupants, preserve the dwelling or conserve energy to reduce heating costs through weatherization are eligible.
Preference is given to households occupied by senior citizen, low-income and disabled residents. Kent's Home Repair program is funded entirely through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money.
Minor Repairs are FREE! Minor repairs include plumbing, electrical, carpentry, disabled access, furnace service, storm doors, window repairs, roof repairs, smoke detectors and other smaller work items.
Major repairs include complete roof replacement, new heating systems, electrical system upgrades, and other big work items.
- Your house, mobile home (must be 1976 or newer) or condo unit must be located within the city limits of Kent.
- You must have owned AND occupied your home for at least 1 year prior to application.
- Your household's annual gross income must not exceed federal income guidelines (see table below).
- In addition to income qualification, there is a maximum amount of personal assets that can be held and still be eligible for assistance.
Official HUD Income Guidelines for 2010 (effective March 14, 2010)
|Maximum Annual Gross Income
For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
How to Apply for Home Repair Assistance
Complete and return the Home Repair Application along with proof of ownership and income for anyone over the age of 18 residing in the household. Acceptable ownership documents include either a deed or tax bill for houses and condo's or, if living in a mobile home, a copy of the vehicle registration. For income verification include a copy(s) of the prior year or last filed income tax 1040 form. If you do not file for income taxes please complete the IRS 1040 form.
The Home Repair Assistance Application is in Portable Document Format (PDF). To print the application, you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your personal computer. If you do not have Acrobat Reader click on the Adobe icon to download the program.
Home Repair Assistance Application.
You may also obtain an application packet by calling 253-856-5065 or by e-mail. Please include your complete mailing address!
Send requests to Human Services.
If you live outside of the Kent City Limits in unincorporated King County you may qualify to receive services from the King County Housing Repair Program. King County's Housing Repair.
Lifeline Program - Utility Rate Reductions
Senior citizens, low income or disabled residents may also qualify for the Lifeline Program. The City of Kent offers reduced rates to those in need. Please call 253-856-5201 for more information.
Apply for the Home Repair Program Small Works Roster
The City of Kent encourages all Contractors to apply for the City of Kent Home Repair Program Small Works Roster. The City of Kent Home Repair Program contracts for home repair services to be provided to Kent home owners receiving Home Repair services.
Qualifications. The City of Kent seeks firms that meet the qualifications below. If you do not meet the qualifications but have substantial compliance or superior compliance in other particular areas, Kent Home Repair may still accept an application at the sole discretion of the City of Kent.
- Hold a State of Washington contractors license insurance at the time of application and throughout enlistment on the roster;
- Hold specified insurance at the time of application and throughout enlistment on the roster;
- Companies have been in business three consecutive years prior to application;
- Companies have a responsible claims history, strong safety record and strong financial history.
The City of Kent Home Repair Program uses this Roster to invite contractors to bid on projects under $10,000. The agency invites at least three contractors in rotating order to submit quotes. The lowest reasonable and responsible bidder is selected. Projects include: roofing, electrical, furnace repair and replacement, sewer work, and general contracting.
Accepted applications remain on the Roster without expiration, although Kent asks you to refresh information every two years. Kent retains the right to remove or suspend a company at any time, based on the City opinion of the company's performance and responsibility.
Download the Small Works Roster Application (60 KB PDF).
Thank you for your interest. If you have questions, please contact Kent Home Repair, at 253-856-5065.