Renovate Norfolk

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Renovate Norfolk is a voluntary program that provides income-eligible homeowners with a grant to make necessary interior and/or exterior residential improvements. Properties are rehabilitated to provide safe and sanitary housing and/or improve accessibility for seniors or persons with mobility impairments. The approved scope of work is determined by completing pre-inspection reports and prioritizing health, safety, and building code deficiencies that can be addressed within the financial constraints of the program. The goal of each rehabilitation is to reduce ongoing and future maintenance costs and create decent, affordable housing for City of Norfolk residents.  

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Purpose: To assist low to moderate income households with needed repairs to their existing home.

Eligibility Criteria: Income-qualified, owner-occupied households are eligible to receive assistance, provided that the property owner meets the household income limits and the property meets all program requirements.

Applicant Eligibility: 

  1. Owns the property as their primary residence.
  2. Only owns one property.
  3. Is current on property taxes (or paid according to an approved payment plan).
  4. Is current on mortgage payments.
  5. Falls within program income limits (less than 80% area median income)
  6. Is a U.S. Citizen or has current U.S. permanent legal resident status. 
  7. Has owned and occupied the home for at least one (1) year.
  8. Has not received rehabilitation assistance in the last fifteen (15) years.

Eligible Property: 

  1. Is located in the City of Norfolk. 
  2. Is a detached single-family home. 
  3. Is not being offered for sale nor intended to be listed for sale within one (1) year from inquiry. 
  4. Deed shows clear ownership.
  5. Utilities are current and operating.
  6. Is suitable for rehabilitation.  A property is considered unsuitable for rehabilitation if it is dilapidated or deteriorated beyond feasible economic repair.
  7. Is covered by homeowner’s insurance and flood insurance (if applicable).
  8. Property boundaries are not within a special flood hazard area including a regulatory floodway or 100-year floodplain. 


Join the Waitlist

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Prospective applicants who meet the baseline criteria are added to the waitlist. Prospective applicants who do not meet the baseline criteria will not be considered further and will be notified by mail and/or email of the reason for ineligibility and appeal process. 

Selection Process

Waitlisted prospective applicants who qualify for Renovate Norfolk will be prioritized according to need. 

Waitlisted prospective applicants who qualify for Strengthening Neighborhoods OOR will be prioritized based on location within targeted blocks and zones. 

Lottery Process

On a quarterly basis (June, September, December, March) randomized selection will occur by assigning prospective applicants within each priority tier a unique identifier and utilizing a random number selection process. Selected households will be invited to complete a full application and receive a home inspection by NDHCD staff. NDHCD staff will only select the number of households that funding capacity and contractor availability allows. Based on current funding, it is anticipated that 12 homes will be completed each year. 


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