Need assistance painting your home? Need some help cleaning up that yard? The Neighborhood Renewal Program recently launched on August 15, and it allows low- to mid-income homeowners to apply to get assistance to clean up their properties.
On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the City of Reno officially kicked off the program via a neighborhood clean up of a home located at the intersection of East 10th and Montello streets.
Here are the requirements to sign up for the program:
- You need to fill out an application.
- The applicant must live in the City of Reno.
- The applicant must meet certain income requirements, as described below:
The income levels to qualify for the program are:
- 1-person household: $38,150
- 2-person household: $43,600
- 3-person household: $49,050
- 4-person household: $54,500
- 5-person household: $58,900
- 6-person household: $63,250
Homeowners don’t apply for money directly, instead they apply for the repairs and blight mitigation for their property. Once they’ve applied, the Neighborhood Renewal Program will take care of the cost. Homeowners can apply for repairs such as roofing, fencing, yard maintenance and repair, exterior painting and sewer hookups.
This program was approved by Reno City Council on February 22, 2017. The City of Reno is partnering with Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity to complete the service projects.
Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado introduced the program because he wanted to help seniors in our community who live on fixed incomes, along with first-time homebuyers who might not have the funds to beautify their yards. Helping people restore their neighborhoods can instill a strong sense of community pride.
The funds that will be used for the Neighborhood Renewal Program came from the $1-million Blight Mitigation Fund Initiative to clean up downtown and other Reno neighborhoods. Thanks to the City of Reno’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the funds will be used efficiently to help many Reno homeowners, as the program allocated $275,000 to help clean up local neighborhoods.
Frequently asked questions:
- Do mobile homes qualify for this program?
At this time mobile homes and manufactured homes do not qualify for this program.
- How long does it take to process an application?
The application process can take 1-3 weeks pending on the information received by City of Reno staff. When applying, make sure to attach ALL of the required documents, as incomplete applications will take longer to process.
- Is this program available in Sparks, or outside of Reno?
Because this is a City of Reno-sponsored initiative, this program is only available within Reno city limits.
- Does this program cover issues inside my home?
At this time the Neighborhood Renewal Program can only be used for the exterior of a home.
Written by: Zack Neves