Housing Rehabilitation Assistance

Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program

This program is designed to assist eligible DeKalb residents with emergency and health- and safety-related rehabilitation projects on their homes. Funding for this program comes from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs.

Eligible Projects

  • Accessibility Modifications
  • Furnace/Water Heater
  • Interior Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Sewer Lateral
  • Roofs
  • Windows

Eligible Applicants (must meet all requirements below)

  • Owner of the property
  • Resides in the property
  • Annual household income is less than HUD-established income limits, including all sources of income from all residents ages 18 and older

Eligible Properties (must meet all requirements below)

  • Located within City of DeKalb corporate limits
  • Complies with proper zoning standards
  • Single-family home, condominium, duplex (no mobile homes)
  • Value is less than HUD-established DeKalb property value limits, based upon tax assessment
  • Not for sale or under contract

How to Apply


  1. View the CDBG/TIF Owner-Occupied Private Property Rehabilitation Program Guidelines, and
  2. Submit the completed Private Property Rehabilitation Program Application with all required documentation.
Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, excluding emergencies, based upon need. 
To learn more about this program, download the Private Property Rehab Assistance Brochure.

Housing Rehabilitation Volunteer Assistance

The City of DeKalb also participates in volunteer assistance projects for residents. Projects include spring and fall yard clean-up and landscaping, painting, weatherization projects and clinics. Projects are coordinated as volunteers and projects are available.

For More Information

Please contact the City of DeKalb Neighborhood Program Specialist by email or call 815-748-2366.