The City of Chattanooga recently launched its Home Assistance Repair Program (HARP), an initiative to help residents in need make critical home repairs.
HARP will allocate $500,000 in federal funds to provide home repair assistance to ~90 low-to-moderate income families over the course of two years.
- The city managed a similar program for more than 14 years before stopping due to the COVID-19 pandemic — during this time, over 750 residents received assistance.
- The program has been renamed HARP + received a $425,000 increase in funding through the American Rescue Plan Act.
- HARP is part of Mayor Tim Kelly’s ONE Chattanooga Relief and Recovery Plan + will be administered by the city’s Neighborhood Services Division.
- HARP will complete moderate home projects such as interior and exterior painting + porch, step, siding, and deck repairs.
Who is eligible?
- Reside within Chattanooga city limits
- Be the primary homeowner with a low-to-moderate income (find qualifications here)
- Be able to provide proof of income, ownership, paid taxes + insurance
How to apply
HARP applications in English + Spanish are now open for those who are eligible. The city will accept applications on a first come, first serve basis through Wednesday, June 14.
Additionally, the city’s Neighborhood Services Division will host three HARP application pick-up events to help interested residents apply for the program.
- Wednesday, May 24 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | South Chattanooga Community Center, 1151 W. 40th St.
- Monday, May 29 | 12-3 p.m. | Chris L. Ramsey Sr. Community Center, 1010 N. Moore Rd.
- Thursday, June 1 | 2-5 p.m. | Avondale Community Center, 1305 Dodson Ave.
“Every Chattanoogan should have a safe and stable place to call home, and this is one more tool in our toolkit to help make that possible.” — Mayor Tim Kelly