The annual Home Improvement and Preservation (HIPP) application process is underway.
HIPP is a repayment loan program for low and moderate-medium-income homeowners to make needed improvements and preserve affordable housing for their single-family houses.
Applications are available until Sept. 11. Paper applications are only accepted this year and can be obtained from visiting four libraries throughout the city:
- Bachman Lake Branch Library
- Hampton-Illinois Branch Library
- Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library
- Pleasant Grove Branch Library
Applications can also be downloaded on the city’s website.
Submitted applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the four libraries listed. No early or incomplete applications will be accepted.
To learn more about HIPP and determine if you qualify, the city is hosting educational virtual and in-person workshops that include the program’s requirements and complete the application successfully.
A virtual question and answer session is scheduled for Aug. 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. Click to register.
In-person gatherings are scheduled for:
- Hampton-Illinois Branch Library on Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to noon
- Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library on Aug. 17, from 2–3 p.m.
- Pleasant Grove Branch Library on Aug. 17, from 3–4 p.m.
Due to space limitations, contact the library before Aug. 17 to register.
HIPP offers a Major Rehabilitation Program and Housing Reconstruction Program for qualified homeowners.
The Major Rehabilitation Program includes a “low-cost, forgivable loan to the homeowner that won’t exceed the maximum allowable funding level of $50,000.”
The Housing Reconstruction Program provides aid in the form of a loan for home repairs and construction.