Emergency Repair

Emergency Repair

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The Emergency Repair program is a grant program that aids low-to-moderate City of Canton Homeowners with emergency housing conditions that present an imminent danger to the health and safety of the occupants. Detached garages and accessory structures do not qualify for repairs or funding. The Department of Community Development will determine the work to be done to correct the health and safety issue and then hire the Contractor to do the work. Once the work is completed, the department will provide the funding necessary to compensate the Contractor.  

Eligible work is limited to the actions necessary to abate the emergency condition.  The amount of labor and materials for any one household may not exceed a maximum amount of $6,500. The Homeowner may not apply for additional emergency funding for a period of five (5) years.  

The Applicant(s) must own and occupy the unit in which the emergency condition exists. Ownership will be verified through the Stark County Auditor. The Application must be signed by all Owners on recorded deed.

An emergency condition may include:

  • The water, electric or gas service cited by a utility provider;
  • Sewer line blockage or back-up
  • Inoperable Water Heater
  • Inoperable Furnace or Heating systems (when outside temperatures are below 60◦ F).
  • Inoperable Toilet (when there is only one in the household).
  • Electrical hazards.
  • Plumbing hazards.
  • HVAC hazards.

NOTE: When a wall or ceiling must be opened to make emergency repair, neither the wall, nor ceiling, will be included in the emergency repair.

Eligibility Guidelines:

  • Must be a homeowner within the City of Canton corporation limits.
  • Applicant must reside in and have owned the home for at least one year prior to application.
  • Land Contract and mobile homes are not eligible
  • Must be current with home mortgage (Mortgage modifications are not qualified).
  • Applicant must have homeowner’s insurance.
  • Applicant must be current in the payment of City Income Tax, County Real Estate tax, City of Canton utilities, and Federal, State or City of Canton funded loan programs.
  • Title search is required
  • Previous assistance, other than emergency, will disqualify an applicant.
  • Applicant cannot have more than $7,500 in short term assets such as cash, savings, and checking.
  • Household income cannot exceed 80% area median income, as per the HUD Part 5 definition of Income.