How to Find Affordable Home Repair

Does your home need repairs? If you are low-income or are living with a disability, you may qualify for King County’s housing repair program.

King County provides funding for housing repair services to low-income homeowners and special needs renters in Burien and other parts of King County. The program provides loans and grants to address critical health, safety, and structural issues. The program helps keep people in their homes, thus helping prevent more people from becoming homeless.

“Delaying needed home repairs only means those repairs will be more costly in the future,” says Clark Fulmer, Housing Repair Program Coordinator. “We hear stories of people having to make a choice between repairing a broken window or buying medicine. Programs like this improve the living conditions for our elderly and disabled neighbors and helps them stay in their homes.”

Qualified homeowners can find funds for repairs such as replacing a roof, installing a new septic system, repairs addressing emergency conditions, health and safety repairs, or major building preservation issues within the single-family owner occupied home. For renters with a disability, King County provides funding to make units more accessible.

The program offers both grants and zero interest loans. Eligibility is determined by gross annual income of all household members, as well as other eligibility requirements, including: at least one year of residency, whether unit is owner occupied, asset limitations, and sufficient home equity.

King County provided $47,410 in grants and loans to Burien residents in 2018. The program provided $1,772,975 in grants and loans throughout the county last year.

Learn more about the program on the King County Housing Repair Program website or by calling (206) 263-9095.

Editor’s Note: This is a story in our continuing series highlighting organizations that receive City of Burien Human Services Funding.

Colleen Brandt-Schluter
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