The City of Biddeford's Homeowner with Rentals (HWR) Owner-Occupied 2-4 Unit Housing Rehab Program is an initiative to improve and preserve quality, affordable homeownership and 2-4 unit rental housing for low-moderate income households by:
The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program with matching funds from MaineHousing.
For more information, please contact the City of Biddeford Housing Department at 207-284-9115 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two- to four-unit housing structures are prevalent in Biddeford. In fact, 2-4 unit structures account for:
Additionally, the city's 2-4 unit housing stock is aging. 89% of owner-occupied downtown housing was built prior to 1980, and the median age is 77 years. Aging buildings face more problems with maintenance, energy efficiency, electrical & plumbing failures, and general deterioration. They also may not meet modern building codes due to health and safety issues. Citywide, 1/5th of all multi-family housing is in "fair" or "poor" condition.
After three years, the program will:
Rehab 45 housing units for use by low-moderate income tenants for a period of at least 10 years
Leverage federal lead grant dollars to address lead paint hazards in same units (up to $10K available per unit, max of 10 units)
Foster local ownership of rental units and neighborhood engagement
Reduce outward migration of low-moderate income families