City of Chattanooga launches Home Assistance Repair Program

The City of Chattanooga has launched its Home Assistance Repair Program for residents in need.

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The City of Chattanooga is enhancing its ability to help residents make critical home repairs through HARP.

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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.

Quick facts

  • 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?

Applicants must:

  • 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

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