Get help to fix your home
Doing it yourself is the way a lot of home repairs get done, but there are some things you just can’t do on your own, no matter how much DIY and HGTV you watch. When your house needs help and it’s time to hire the pros, NeighborWorks Home Partners is ready to lend a hand with affordable home improvement financing and construction management services. Our construction manager will help you determine your project list, choose a contractor, and make sure the work is done correctly before any payments are released.
How does it work?
At NeighborWorks Home Partners, we have a variety of programs to help homeowners repair their homes. Our lending staff will help determine your eligibility for our financing. Then our construction manager will meet with you to talk about your project list, and review any other repairs your home needs. Once the scope of work is determined, we will help you get bids from three contractors and select the one who will do the work. We also verify all work is done correctly before the contractors are paid, so you can be confident that you are getting the quality you want.
Determining what program is best for you will depend on a combination of factors including the location of the house, your household income, what type of repairs are needed, and the value of the home and any mortgage debt.
Generally, homeowner households must meet these guidelines:
- Income at or below 120% of Area Median Income (currently $113,150 for a family of four)
- Reasonable credit
- For loans that require payments, the ability to repay a loan
All home improvement loans are secured mortgages (a lien is filed with the county). All work must be done by a licensed contractor.
Where are funds available?
We typically have funds available for homes within Saint Paul city limits. We also work with other municipalities, neighborhood associations, and community councils to provide community-specific programs. These include:
- Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC – Near North and Willard Hay)
- City of North St. Paul
- City of Shoreview
- City of Woodbury
What type of work can be done?
We work with homeowners on a variety of projects: correcting mandatory rehab problems such as roofs, furnaces, and exterior painting; making a home more suitable for a family by adding bedrooms or bathrooms or accessibility modifications; or for some clients, we can assist in aesthetic home improvement projects. Generally, qualifying repairs will be those that improve the safety of the home and the health of the people who live there.
Will I have to make payments?
The terms of your home improvement package will depend on which product you qualify for. Some have no payments due until the house is sold. Most of our customers qualify for programs where they make an affordable payment at a low interest rate.
How is income calculated?
We look at the income for the household. All residents of the household age 18 and older are considered. We require verification of income via pay stubs, W-2’s, tax returns, and bank statements, and other documentation of income sources. We recommend collecting these documents as soon as possible.
“NeighborWorks Home Partners made renovating our home very easy. They supported us every step of the way, from helping us brainstorm home improvement ideas, to assisting in the loan process, to arranging for builders to make bids, and finally to monitoring the progress of the improvement. As an added bonus, when our project was finished, NWHP helped us refinance at a lower interest rate. They really do offer a full range of services and supports to homeowners. We’ve used them all. Thanks.” -Andrew