Renovate Norfolk | City of Norfolk, Virginia


Renovate Norfolk is a voluntary program that provides income-eligible homeowners with a grant to make necessary interior and/or exterior home improvements. Properties are rehabilitated to provide safe and healthy housing and/or improve accessibility for the elderly or disabled. The approved scope of work is determined by completing pre-inspection reports and prioritizing health, safety and building code deficiencies that can be corrected within the financial limits of the program. The aim of each rehabilitation is to reduce current and future maintenance costs and to create decent and affordable housing for residents of the City of Norfolk.

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Objective: To assist low to middle income households with necessary repairs to their existing home.

Eligibility criteria: Households with qualified income and who are owner-occupied are eligible to receive assistance, provided the owner meets household income limits and the property meets all program requirements.

Applicant Eligibility:

  1. Owns the property as a primary residence.
  2. Has only one property.
  3. Is current on property taxes (or paid on an approved payment plan).
  4. Is current on mortgage payments.
  5. Falls within program income limits (less than 80% of area median income)
  6. Is a US citizen or currently has legal permanent resident status of the United States.
  7. Own and occupy the home for at least one (1) year.
  8. Has not received rehabilitation assistance in the past fifteen (15) years.

Eligible property:

  1. Is located in the city of Norfolk.
  2. Is an independent single-family house.
  3. Not offered for sale or intended to be offered for sale within one (1) year of request.
  4. The deed clearly shows ownership.
  5. Utilities are current and operational.
  6. Suitable for rehabilitation. A property is considered unfit for rehabilitation if it is dilapidated or deteriorated beyond economically feasible repair.
  7. Is covered by home insurance and flood insurance (if applicable).

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Potential candidates who meet the basic criteria are added to the waiting list. Potential applicants who do not meet the basic criteria will not be considered and will be notified by mail and/or email of the reason for ineligibility and the appeal process.

Selection process

Potential waitlisted candidates who qualify for Renovate Norfolk will be prioritized based on their needs.

Potential waitlisted applicants who qualify for OOR Neighborhood Reinforcement will be prioritized based on their location within the targeted blocks and areas.

Lottery process

On a quarterly basis (June, September, December, March), a random selection will take place by assigning potential candidates within each priority level a unique identifier and using a random number selection process. Selected households will be asked to complete a full application and undergo a home inspection by NDHCD staff. NDHCD staff will only select the number of households that financing capacity and contractor availability allows. Based on current funding, it is anticipated that 12 houses will be completed each year.


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