Urgent Repair Program

The Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development has been awarded funds from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency’s Urgent Repair Program (URP). URP provides funds to assist very low and low income households with special needs, such as being elderly or disabled, in addressing housing conditions which pose imminent threats to their life and/or safety or to provide accessibility modifications or other repairs to prevent displacement of these households.

The program is for emergency, urgent and critical repairs and not comprehensive Single-Family Rehabilitation, which is another of the County’s housing rehab programs available to low-income households. A total of 12 households will be assisted with 2019 URP funds.

To be eligible for assistance for URP, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Must reside within Orange County and own and occupy the house in need of repair.
  2. Must have a household income which does not exceed 50% of the County median income for the household size.
  3. Must have a special need (i.e., at least 62 years old; have a disability; single parent with a dependent child living at home; veteran; large family with at least 5 household members; or a household with a child younger than six with an elevated blood lead level).
  4. Must have urgent repair needs that cannot be met through other state and federally funded housing assistance programs.

Household Income Limits at 50% Area Median Income for Orange County, 2020

  • One (1) person household: $31,850
  • Two (2) person household: $36,400
  • Three (3) person household: $40,950
  • Four (4) person household: $45,450
  • Five (5) person household: $49,100

Orange County will provide assistance to those whose homes are selected for repair in the form of an unsecured, zero percent (0%) loan, forgiven at a rate of $2,000 per year until the principal balance is reduced to zero (0). The maximum loan amount is $10,000.

Applications will be available to the public starting Sept. 23, 2019 and will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Applications can be submitted by email, mail, or in person.