Rehabilitation Programs

The Wake County Housing and Community Revitalization Division offers two types of rehabilitation programs in order to meet the differing needs of citizens:
  • Elderly and Disabled Homeowner Grants
    If you are elderly or disabled and need modest repairs to your home to assist with mobility or retrofits needed after hospital stays, this grant program may be able to help you. This program serves homeowners earning at or below 50% area median income (AMI). The current AMI can be found here.

  • Emergency Grant Program
    If you are a homeowner earning at or below 40% are median income (currently $30,640 for a family of four), and you are in danger because of a problem with your home that needs to be fixed immediately, an emergency grant may be able to assist you. Eligible repairs include: heating, well/septic, roof and electrical hazards.
For information on these rehabilitation programs or to find out if you are eligible, please contact Arlene Vinson.

Potential Homeowners

If you are interested in buying a home, there are opportunities for first-time homebuyers to learn about the process and take low-cost housing counseling lessons.
Some of the area’s HUD certified housing counseling agencies include:
Learn more about the process of buying a home here.
Converting your home to affordable housing
Would you like to become a landlord and rent your home? If you can keep the rent affordable (below 80% Area Median Income – amount varies depending on family size) and can maintain in good landlord/tenant relationships, please contact David Harris.

Additional Homeownership Resources

Housing Services

We offer educational services to help people find and maintain housing.

Housing Sessions
Afternoons at 2 p.m., we offer housing information sessions to anyone seeking affordable housing or who has specific questions about housing. These sessions are conducted Monday through Thursday at the Oak City Cares multi-services center, located at 1430 S. Wilmington St. in Raleigh. For more information call 919-212-9379.

Ready to Rent

Ready to Rent Workshop Dates
Ready to Rent (RTR) is a workshop that helps families and individuals develop skills to break down leasing barriers and cultivate positive leasing habits, while linking them with landlords and other mainstream services. The workshop includes details on how to:
  • Repair credit
  • Create a workable budget
  • Develop a housing search plan
  • Understand the application and rental process
  • Prioritize housing needs
  • Communicate effectively with landlords
  • Review tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities
  • Maintain appropriate housekeeping
  • Identify negative behavior patterns
  • Accept responsibility for past rental issues
The Ready to Rent monthly workshop contains 12 hours of content and is most often divided across four days but can be adapted to meet community needs. If your agency is interested in learning more about our Ready to Rent program, please call 919-212-9379.

RTR is especially useful if you have enough income to obtain affordable housing but are having difficulties because of negative credit, criminal and rental histories, or because you have not rented before. Rental education can also help you know your rights, to avoid unlawful eviction or other unethical landlord behavior.

While Ready to Rent does not guarantee housing placement, we do provide leads and make referrals. We do not provide financial assistance for rent or income-based housing, but a rental subsidy may be available if you meet certain criteria.

Cost: $25 for the course, which covers all take-home course material.

Please complete the Ready to Rent application here and follow the mailing instructions on the application.