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Neighborhood Improvement Program

NIP FAQ's

Q.  I'm looking for roof repairs on my rental property.  It's in the City of Milwaukee.  Can you      provide assistance with this?
A.  NIP is designed for clients who have owned and occupied their single family home or duplex for at least five years,  and own no other properties.  If clients are not eligible for NIP service, they may be referred to other community based agencies for home repair assistance.

Q.  How can I apply and where can I get an application?
A.  NIP works with several reputable HUD approved agencies throughout the City of Milwaukee and will refer clients to an agency closest to their home out of convenience.  Once approved, these agencies work closely with the homeowner and licensed contractor to coordinate a work schedule. 

Q.  How much money is received for repairs?
A.  The minimum scope of work to qualify is $5000.00 with a maximum cap of $24,500 per home.  Exceptions are made to go beyond that maximum cap on a case by case basis and with approval from CDBG.

Q.  What repairs qualify for assistance?
A.  Home repair assistance projects include abatement of building code violations, maintenance, and mechanical work.  Maintenance includes roofing, siding, gutters, lead abatement windows,  carpentry and paint.  Mechanical work is any plumbing, electrical and construction.  Scopes of work may include a new furnace and hot water heater.

Q.  Do I have to be of low-income to qualify?
A.  Clients must be income eligible.  Eligibility is determined by the number of persons in a household, total household income and expenses.  Whether a client is elderly, a young adult, a student, or on a fixed income, are NOT factors that are considered when determining a client's request for repairs.   

Q.  Is my property in the NIP service area?
A.  NIP services homes located in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) area.  Please refer to the Block Grant map to check if a property is eligible.  If clients are not eligible for NIP service, they may be referred to other community based agencies for home repair assistance.

Note: You may participate in the NIP program one time only. If you have received previous service through the NIP program or another federally funded city home repair/home loan program, you may not be eligible.


The City of Milwaukee's Neighborhood Improvement Project (NIP) assists eligible owner occupants in repairing their homes. All repairs are based upon municipal building code violations, lead hazard reduction, health and safety concerns. NIP is not a remodeling program. The repairs are authorized by the Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS) and funded by the Community Development Grants Administration (CDGA).  To be considered for NIP program eligibility, homeowners must meet the guidelines listed below:

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Homeowner Eligibility Guidelines

  • Must be the owner-occupant of an single family or duplex
  • Must have owned and occupied the subject property for a minimum of five (5) years
  • Must have a household income at or below 50% of the County median (as determined annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development )
  • Must reside within one of the 18 Neighborhood Strategic Planning (NSP) areas for the City of Milwaukee (the Community Development Block Grant area) – see map
  • Must be current on all property taxes, mortgage and utility payments
  • Must have current homeowners insurance
  • Have not received prior NIP (or Home Rehabilitation) assistance from the City of Milwaukee
 
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Property Eligibility Guidelines

  • There is a maximum cost cap for properties that participate in the NIP program. Extremely distressed properties may not qualify.
  • There is also a minimum cost for required work. If your home is in relatively good condition and has no critical code violations, your property may not be eligible for this program.

* Additional eligibility requirements may apply

     
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NIP Terms

If you are accepted into the NIP program the following terms will apply:

Owners must sign legal documents at the time of application agreeing to remain the owner occupant for a minimum of five (5) years or throughout the period of affordability (per HUD guidelines).  All required work as outlined by DNS must be corrected including both maintenance and mechanical items. Properties must be code compliant once NIP work is completed.

A portion of the work performed (maintenance work, lead work) is done as a forgivable loan secured by a Covenant Document. For single family properties, the cost of maintenance work is forgiven 5 years after the Covenant has been signed. For owner-occupied duplexes, the cost of maintenance work is forgiven after the Period of Affordability requirements have been met (details will be provided by your NIP agency).

Mechanical work (electrical, plumbing, heating, masonry) is done as a 0% interest Deferred Payment Loan (DPL) secured by a Mortgage. The cost of mechanical work must be repaid. DPL loans are repaid to the City when you sell your property or cease to be the owner occupant.

 
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NIP Agencies

Applicants must apply through one of the eight (8) community-based NIP Agencies. You may apply to one agency only, so please select the agency closest to your home.

Community First
3940 West Lisbon Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53218
(414) 409-7195

Dominican Center for Women
2470 West Locust Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206
(414) 444-9930

Gibraltar Development of Milwaukee Corporation
3229 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 372-1550 Ext. 126

Housing Resources Inc.  NIP
2500 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206
(414) 449-0705

Milwaukee Christian Center NIP
1223 South 23rd Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
(414) 643-7704
 
Sherman Park Community Association NIP
3526 West Fond du Lac Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53216
(414) 444-9803

Social Development Commission (SDC) NIP
2460 West Clybourn Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
(414) 344-9010

 

     

Oversight provided by:

Department of Neighborhood Services
841 N. Broadway 10th Floor|
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 286-2163

 

Funding Provided By:

Community Development Grants Administration
City Hall, Room 606
200 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

 


Last Update 1/24/2014

 

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Contact Us

Municipal Building
841 N. Broadway
10th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202  

414-286-2163

NIP Manager
Brian Kaufman 

Phone: 414-286-3868
Email

 

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