FAQ: Detroit Home Repair Fund

What is the DHRF hotline number?

The DHRF hotline number is (313) 306-2082.

What do I need to do to be eligible for the Detroit Home Repair Fund?

To be eligible for DHRF you must:

  • Call the hotline and speak with an operator
  • Complete your current HOPE application
  • Have active gas and electric utilities
  • Be an owner-occupied homeowner
  • Be a resident of Detroit
  • Meet income qualification guidelines, which are 200% of the Federal Poverty line as defined by the graph below.
Household size 200% of Federal Poverty Line
1 person $29,160
2 persons $39,440
3 persons $49,720
4 persons $60,000
5 persons $70,280
6 persons $80,560
7 persons $90,840
8 persons $101,120

If you have completed all these steps, you have put yourself in the best position possible to receive home repair assistance and a community partner will reach out to you when they are able.

I submitted my HOPE application, called the hotline, and meet all the requirements. What comes next?

If you have taken all the required steps and meet the eligibility requirements, a community partner will reach out when they are able with next steps.

If a resident’s HOPE approval has rolled over due to age/disability, do they have to take any additional action?

If residents are on the carry forward list, or have already applied to the previous year’s HOPE, they do not need to re-apply to HOPE to meet the DHRF requirements.

Is there an actual application for the program that I need to complete?

By calling the hotline, speaking with an operator, and completing your HOPE application, you are completing all the required steps for the Detroit Home Repair Program. There is not an “application” in the traditional sense. By calling into the hotline and completing your HOPE application, you are putting yourself in the best position possible for home repairs.

Will I be notified if I am approved or denied?

A community partner will reach out to you when they are able to take you on as a repair client. At this time, you will not be receiving an “approved” or “denied” letter. Because this is a new program, we are unable to say when you will be hearing from a community partner.

What if I have an emergency repair?

DHRF is not an emergency home repair program. If you have emergency repairs, please seek other options.

What will this program actually repair? My roof? Porch? Etc.

The program will fund a variety of home repair needs, potentially including roofs, porches and other repairs that prioritize health and safety. The program will not fund cosmetic repairs or upgrades to an outdated, but functional kitchen or bathrooms.

Do you need to have homeowners’ insurance to qualify for the DHRF?

No, you do not.

When will repairs begin?

Community partners began repairs in late summer of 2022, but we do not have a timeframe for the completion of individual repairs.