Urgent Repair Program

The Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has been awarded $80,000 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) under the 2019 Urgent Repair Program (URP19). This program provides funds to assist very low and low income households with special needs, such as being elderly or disabled, in addressing housing conditions which pose imminent threats to their life and/or safety or to provide accessibility modifications or other repairs to prevent displacement of these households.

The program is for emergency, urgent and critical repairs and not Single-Family Rehabilitation, which is another of the County’s housing rehab programs available to low-income households. A total of 12 households will be assisted under URP19.

To be eligible for assistance under URP19, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Must reside within Orange County and own and occupy the house in need of repair.
  2. Must have a household income which does not exceed 50% of the County median income for the household size.
  3. Must have a special need (i.e. at least 62 years old; handicapped or disabled; single parent with a dependent child living at home; veteran; large family with at least 5 household members; or a household with a child younger than six with an elevated blood lead level).
  4. Must have urgent repair needs which cannot be met through other state and federally funded housing assistance programs.

Household Income Limits at 50% Area Median Income for Orange County, 2019

  • One (1) person household: $29,700
  • Two (2) person household: $33,950
  • Three (3) person household: $38,200
  • Four (4) person household: $42,400
  • Five (5) person household: $45,800

Orange County will provide assistance to those whose homes are selected for repair in the form of an unsecured, zero percent (0%) loan, forgiven at a rate of $2,000 per year until the principal balance is reduced to zero (0). The maximum loan amount is $10,000.

Applications will be available to the public starting Sept. 23, 2019 and must be submitted to DHCD by 5 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2019.

Applications can be submitted by mail, email, fax or in person. Applications are available at the locations listed to the right.

Application locations

Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development
300 W. Tryon Street
P.O. Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 245-4358 (phone)
919-644-3056 (fax)

Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development
Satellite Office
Southern Human Services Center
2501 Homestead Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Orange County Public Library
137 W. Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Cedar Grove Community Center
5800 NC Highway 86N
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Orange County website

Efland-Cheeks Community Center
117 Richmond Road
Efland, NC 27243

Rogers Road Community Center
101 Edgar Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Passmore Center
103 Meadowlands Drive
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Seymour Center
2551 Homestead Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Town of Chapel Hill Town Hall
405 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Town of Carrboro Town Hall
301 W. Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

For more information

Diane Beecham
(919) 245-4358