Home Improvement Programs
The Department of Housing and Community Development administers various home improvement programs for homeowners and renters listed below. Interested homeowners or renters can email Ryan Van Patten or call 571-367-8417 for more information about the programs and how to apply.
Home Accessibility and Repair Program (HARP)
The Home Accessibility and Repair Program (HARP) provides grants (up to $10,000) to assist homeowner-occupants to improve their homes by remedying health hazards, building code violations, addressing accessibility needs, lowering energy burden, and other conditions deemed eligible by the program. The application process can take two-to-three months because this program must meet certain federal requirements.
HARP is available to:
- Homeowner-occupants who are at least 62 years or older and/or disabled, and/or
- Have a dependent permanently residing in the household that is 62 years or older and/or disabled.
- Households with total household income (before taxes) at or below 50% of the Area Median Income.
- Current income limits are posted here.
- Households with total household income between 51% and 80% of Area Median Income may be eligible, on a case-by-case basis.
Granting Freedom Program
The Granting Freedom Program* provides grants (up to $8,000) for homeowner-occupied and rental unit modifications to veterans and service members. To show that a requested modification may be necessary, there must be an identifiable relationship, or nexus, between the requested modification and the individual's disability.
Granting Freedom is available to:
- Homeowner-occupants or renters
- Veterans and service members who sustained a line-of-duty injury resulting in a service-connected disability:
- For Veterans: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Notification, Award, or Rating Letter citing service-connected disability
- For Servicemembers: MEB/PEB documentation citing service-connected disability
Rental Unit Accessibility Modification (RUAM) Program
The Rental Unit Accessibility Modification (RUAM) Program* provides grants (up to $8,000) to individuals with disabilities in order to repair and improve accessibility of their rental units. The funds do not pay for the cost of items that are required to be provided by the landlord.
RUAM is available to:
|Program Name||Homeowner or Renter||Eligibility||Household Income Requirements|
|Home Accessibility and Repair Program (HARP)||Homeowner-occupied only||62 years or older and/or disabled||At or below 50% AMI|
|Granting Freedom*||Homeowner-occupied and renters||Veterans and service members who sustained a line-of-duty injury resulting in a service-connected disability||N/A|
|Rental Unit Accessibility Modification (RUAM)*||Renters only||Individuals with disabilities||At or below 80% AMI|
*The Department of Housing and Community Development is a participating agent for Granting Freedom and RUAM offered through Virginia Housing. Applications for both programs are submitted to Virginia Housing by Department of Housing and Community Development staff on behalf of the applicant.
To review program handbooks and application forms, visit the links below:
- Community Housing Partners provides no-cost weatherization services (e.g., insulation, air sealing, LED light bulbs, etc.) for eligible Loudoun County homeowners and renters.
- Habitat for Humanity of Loudoun County
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office: Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants in Virginia
For More Information
Email Ryan Van Patten or call 571-367-8417.