HOME Homebuyer and Rehabilitation Program (HHR)

The Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources (DEHCR) has identified homeownership and the conservation of quality owner-occupied housing as top priorities for allocating federal and state housing resources. A program was established to provide essential home purchase assistance and necessary home rehabilitation, and other vital improvements for dwelling units occupied by low- and moderate-income households. The source of funds is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).  The Wisconsin Department of Administration, DEHCR awards these funds to local units of government and local housing organizations through a biennial funding cycle.

Eligible Activities

The program is designed to provide funding for two HOME-eligible activities:

  • Homebuyer assistance:  Direct assistance may be provided to eligible homebuyers for acquisition (down payment​ and closing costs), acquisition and rehabilitation, or new construction.  Grantees may utilize the funds to construct housing for sale to low- and moderate-income (LMI) homebuyers (household income at or below 80% County Median Income).

  • Owner-occupied rehabilitation:  Funds are provided for making essential improvements to single-family homes serving as the principal residence of LMI owners.  Eligible costs include energy-related improvements, accessibility improvements, lead-based paint hazard reduction, and repair of code violations.

Funding

Homebuyer and Homeowner Rehabilitation funds are awarded through a biennial funding cycle. Funding is distributed through partnership agencies throughout Wisconsin.​

Documents & Forms

Environmental Review Forms

Contact

Information regarding the Rental Housing Development Program may be obtained by contacting the HHR Program Manager at (608) 267-6904.