Jamie Lewis has been coming to Cape Cod since she was a small child. Idyllic summers spent in Wellfleet made their mark, and she decided early on this is where she wanted to call home. After many years in and out of the area, Jamie settled in Wellfleet full time in 2008. With her two young children, she moved into the home her parents had purchased in 1979 in Harborside Village. Jamie calls the neighborhood the “best kept secret. It’s really a community within a community. It’s safe and in a great location—ideal for raising my kids,” she said. But some work needed to be done on the 36-year-old mobile home.
Some upgrades had been made when they first moved in, but Jamie soon realized it would need more. “The place was starting to fall in around us,” she said. Enter the Housing Rehabilitation Program. “The program gave us the opportunity to make critical repairs that were unattainable financially,” Jamie said. The roof was insulated and rubberized. Insulation was added around the house and vinyl siding installed. They were using a Rinnai propane heater for heat, but it didn’t reach the entire home, specifically the kids’ bedrooms. Electric blowers were installed to resolve this. Hard-wired smoke detectors and a vent in the bathroom rounded out the work completed by Rehab Program contractor Rob Warren of Northside Home Improvement. “Rob was phenomenal to work with,” Jamie said. "He was considerate, kind, conscientious and accommodating.”
Our Housing Rehabilitation Program is available to income-qualified residents in Dennis, Harwich, Eastham, Truro and Provincetown. Effective January 1, 2018, qualified residents can receive up to $40,000 per household to pay for critical home repairs (like roofing and siding, electrical, heating and plumbing work), lead paint abatement, and energy efficiency upgrades to keep their properties in good condition for the long term. And with local contractors doing the work, this means money flowing back into our economy.
The program is designed to preserve existing homes for year-round residents at or below 80% of the median area income. Owner-occupied landlord and investor-owned properties with income-qualified renters are eligible too.
Find out more about the program by clicking through and reading the program overview and program guidelines pages listed below.
The first step in the process is to fill out the pre-application. You can find that link below. The pre-application helps us to determine if you’re eligible for the program. Please follow the directions to complete the pre-application. Once we receive it, we will review it and send you a full application if you are eligible.
The CDP is pleased to offer the Housing Rehabilitation Program in partnership with the Towns of Dennis and Truro using Community Development Block Grant funds provided by the MA Department of Housing and Community Development.