Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Housing Element Update

Program 20: Ownership Housing Rehabilitation Assistance

Housing rehabilitation is a cost-effective way to preserve the existing stock of affordable housing and, where focused in targeted areas, can also serve to stimulate neighborhood revitalization efforts. The County offers the following programs to aid in housing rehabilitation by homeowners:

  • Single-Family Rehabilitation Loan Program: This program assists low income owner-occupied households with one to two units in need of rehabilitation. The program provides 3% interest deferred loans that are due and payable upon sale or transfer. The maximum loan amount is $25,000.
  • Single-Family Home Improvement Program: This program is designed to assist low income qualified owners to repair electrical, plumbing, heating, and roofing systems, and eliminate minor code violations. The maximum loan amount is $10,000.
  • Residential Sound Insulation Program: This program provides grants to eligible property owners to sound insulate homes from aircraft noise caused by the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). To be eligible for the grants, the property must be located within designated areas of the unincorporated communities of Lennox, Del Aire, and West Athens-Westmont. Sound insulation improvements may include the replacement of windows and exterior doors; and the addition of attic installation, vents, electrical panel upgrades, and a heating ventilation and air conditioning system. Properties located within the highest impacted areas are given first priority for sound insulation. This is a grant program with no cost to the property owners for sound insulation work.
  • Handyworker Program: This program provides grants for minor home repairs and rehabilitation services to eligible low income households. Services include interior and exterior painting, window and screen repairs, smoke alarm repair and installation, and yard clean-up. The County contracts with community-based organizations to perform all repairs.

Objectives Assist 3,365 low income households in the unincorporated areas during the planning period.
Single-Family Loan – 125 households; Single-Family Home Improvement – 1,500 households
Residential Sound Insulation – 1,500 households; Handyworker – 240 households
Policies Policy 3.2: Incorporate advances in energy and money-saving technologies into housing design, construction, operation, and maintenance.
Policy 6.1: Invest public and private resources in the maintenance and rehabilitation of existing housing to prevent or reverse neighborhood deterioration.
Policy 6.2: Allocate state and federal resources toward the preservation of housing, particularly for low income households, near employment and transit.
Policy 6.4: Maintain and improve community facilities, public housing services, and infrastructure, where necessary, to enhance the vitality of older, low income neighborhoods.
Timeframe Ongoing
Responsible Agency Community Development Commission
Funding Source Single-Family Loan – CDBG, HOME Residential Sound Insulation – CDBG, Handyworker – CDBG

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