Home Improvement Programs

The Department of Housing and Community Development administers various home improvement programs for homeowners and renters listed below. Interested homeowners or renters can email Ryan Van Patten or call 571-367-8417 for more information about the programs and how to apply. 

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Information Sessions for Home Improvement Program Grants

Attend an information session to learn more about home improvement program grants available to Loudoun County residents. All sessions are free, but seating is limited, and registration is required. Child care is offered on-site for each session. The information sessions are as follows: 

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Lucketts Community Center – Auditorium, 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
    Loudoun Valley Community Center – Gymnasium, 320 W School Street, Purcellville
  • Saturday, March 2, 2024, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    Douglass Community Center – Gymnasium, 407 E. Market Street, Leesburg
  • Thursday, March 7, 2024, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
    Sterling Community Center - Multipurpose Room, 120 Enterprise Street, Sterling

Register for a session

Home Accessibility and Repair Program (HARP)

The Home Accessibility and Repair Program (HARP) provides grants (up to $25,000) to assist homeowner-occupants to improve their homes by remedying health hazards, building code violations, addressing accessibility needs, lowering energy burden, and other conditions deemed eligible by the program. The application process can take two-to-three months because this program must meet certain federal requirements.

HARP is available to:

  • Homeowners with total a household income (before taxes) at or below 80% of the Area Median Income
  • Current income limits are posted here

Granting Freedom Program

The Granting Freedom Program* provides grants (up to $8,000) for homeowner-occupied and rental unit modifications to veterans and service members. To show that a requested modification may be necessary, there must be an identifiable relationship, or nexus, between the requested modification and the individual's disability. 

Granting Freedom is available to:

  • Homeowner-occupants or renters
  • Veterans and service members who sustained a line-of-duty injury resulting in a service-connected disability:
    • For Veterans: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Notification, Award, or Rating Letter citing service-connected disability
    • For Service Members: Medical Evaluation Board (MEB)/Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) documentation citing service-connected disability.

Rental Unit Accessibility Modification (RUAM) Program

The Rental Unit Accessibility Modification (RUAM) Program* provides grants (up to $8,000) to individuals with disabilities in order to repair and improve accessibility of their rental units. The funds do not pay for the cost of items that are required to be provided by the landlord. 

RUAM is available to:

  • Renters only
  • Households with total household income (before taxes) at or below 80% of Area Median Income
  • Current income limits are posted here.

Program Comparison Summary

Program Name Homeowner or Renter Eligibility
Home Accessibility and Repair Program (HARP) Homeowner-occupied only
Household income at or below 80% AMI
Granting Freedom* Homeowner-occupied and renters Veterans and service members who sustained a line-of-duty injury resulting in a service-connected disability
Rental Unit Accessibility Modification (RUAM)* Renters only Individuals with disabilities; and 
Household income at or below 80% AMI

*The Department of Housing and Community Development is a participating agent for Granting Freedom and RUAM offered through Virginia Housing. Applications for both programs are submitted to Virginia Housing by the Department of Housing and Community Development staff on behalf of the applicant. 

To review program handbooks and application forms, visit the links below:

Related Resources

For More Information

Email Ryan Van Patten or call 571-367-8417.