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Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program

The City of Wilmington offers several housing rehabilitation program options designed to address housing repairs, improvements and/or remove health and safety hazards of low-to-moderate homeowners within the corporate city limits of Wilmington. Click here to see if your property is in the city limits.

The city also offers free technical assistance to the homeowner by preparing a detailed list of the repair work and soliciting bids for the repairs. Homeowners select the contractor and authorize all payments to the contractor after the work is satisfactorily completed. Please note that remodeling projects and home additions are not eligible uses of funds under this program.

 Rehab Program Flyer   Rehab Pre-Qualification Sheet
 Rehab Supplemental Checklist  Borrower Signature Attachment

Homeowners check out this video about the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program

  Income Limits for the HOP and Rehab  Housing Programs  
Family Size 1 2 3 4 5 6
AMI 51,000   58,300 65,600  72,800  78,700   84,500
50% 25,500 29,150  32,800   36,400 39,350  42,250
 80%  40,800 46,600  52,450  58,250   62,950 67,600 
130% 66,300  75,790 85,280  94,640  102,310  109,850 
*AMI is an abbreviation for Area Median Income

Home Ownership Pool (HOP)

The City of Wilmington, in partnership with local banks, is pleased to offer the Home Ownership Pool (HOP). This loan program is for low-to-moderate income households looking to achieve the benefit of home ownership.

Update: Due to the overwhelming success of the program and limited funds available, the City of Wilmington is suspending HOP(funding) and  the home buyer education classes until Spring 2020.  Follow us on our Facebook page for class release dates in the spring… of Wilmington Affordable Housing.

 Check out this video about the Home Ownership Pool (HOP)

    HOP Program Highlights Pre-Qualifying Worksheet
    Frequently Asked Questions Supplemental Documentation     
    HOP Certified Broker List  

HOP Inspection Information

Federal law requires homes purchased with federal assistance to be decent, safe, sanitary, and in good repair. The HOP inspector takes all these factors into account when a house is being inspected for the HOP program. 

       HOP Program Property Standards          Sample Preliminary Inspection & Cost Estimate
     Home Buyer Pre-Offer Checklist      After You Receive Your HOP Inspection Report 
     Lead Brochure
     After You Have Done a D-I-Y Inspection

The HOP Certified Broker logoHOP Certified Broker Program

HOP Certified Brokers attend a 3-hour class and pass a certification exam, which qualifies them as a HOP Certified Broker. Realtors/Brokers are not required to be certified to serve HOP applicants. HOP Certified Broker List

Contractor Opportunities

The City of Wilmington lends money to low-to-moderate income homeowners for the rehabilitation of homes in the City. All repairs and improvements are completed by private construction companies. Contractors are selected by property owners based upon bids submitted. 

Fair Housing Overview

Fair Housing laws make it illegal to discriminate in housing based on a person’s race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or familial status. For persons with disabilities, the laws go one step farther and include provisions allowing for reasonable accommodations and modifications so that persons with disabilities can live in and enjoy housing and common areas.

Assessment of Fair Housing

The City of Wilmington, in partnership with the Wilmington Housing Authority, has prepared an Assessment of Fair Housing as part of its obligations in receiving funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Assessment of Fair Housing furthers the purposes of the Fair Housing Act.  This Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other real estate-related transactions because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability.   

As a recipient of funding from HUD, the City must address segregation and related barriers for groups with characteristics protected by the Fair Housing Act.  The Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) examines fair housing data including, but not limited to, local data, experience and knowledge.  Fair housing issues and contributing factors are identified as part of the AFH process and used in establishing local fair housing priorities and goals.

Assessment of Fair Housing City of Wilmington & Wilmington Housing Authority

Wilmington AFH Addendum-final