Bakersfield residents that are in need of home repair can now apply for the city’s Home Repair and Weatherization program — a program that allows Bakersfield homeowners to receive up to $15,000 in free home improvement assistance to preserve the health and safety of their homes.
This program was created in response to the negative public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide grants to homeowners disproportionately impacted and burdened by the pandemic.
Improvements include but are not limited to:
- Roof, wall, door, window repair/replacement
- General exterior and plumbing repairs
- Heating/air conditioning systems repairs/replacement
- Weatherization and energy conservation/efficiency (insulation, caulking, weather stripping and window coverings, appliance replacement, etc.)
- Handicap accessibility (ramps, safety grab bars, walk-in showers)
In order to be eligible for the program, residents must:
- Be a City of Bakersfield homeowner occupying the property for a minimum of two years
- Must have homeowners’ insurance and be up to date on mortgage loan payments and property tax
- Reside within Bakersfield City Limits and in a Qualified Census Tract (QCT)
If homeowners are located outside a QCT, they may still be eligible for the program if the combined household income meetings the following thresholds:
- One person — $31,720
- Two person — $36,270
- Three person — $40,820
- Four person — $45,305
- Five person — $48,945
- Six person — $52,585
- Seven person — $56,225
- Eight person — $59,865
In order to apply for the program, residents must have proof of income, mortgage statement, grant deed/deed of trust, homeowners insurance policy, photo ID, and current property tax bill. There is no fee required to apply.
The Home Repair and Weatherization Program is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, specifically through the City’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Once funding is exhausted, no other applications will be considered or accepted.
Applications can be submitted in both English and Spanish through the Bakersfield City website. Application guidelines can be found here.
The application form is available as a fillable PDF document that must be completed in its entirety, printed, originally signed, and submitted back to ECD Staff for review via the Program website or emailed to email@example.com.
Questions or concerns may be directed to Home Repair and Weatherization Program Coordinator, Brigiett Guzman. Guzman can be reached at (661) 852-7077 and firstname.lastname@example.org.