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Senior and Disabled Home Rehabilitation Loan Program

The purpose of the Senior and Disabled Home Rehabilitation Loan Program is to assist low income senior and disabled homeowners in repairing/modifying their homes, to eliminate conditions that pose a threat to their health and safety and to help preserve the City's housing inventory. Qualified borrowers can receive interest-free loans of up to $100,000.  

The building to be rehabilitated has to be located within the City of Berkeley boundaries. The property will contain no more than two units. Only the unit occupied by the senior or disabled homeowner is eligible to receive assistance.

The Senior and Disabled Home Rehabilitation Loan Program is currently enrolling participants into its Program as space is available. If you would like to be contacted about the Program please send your name, contact information, full address and a brief description of health & safety repairs and ADA accessibility improvements to:
SDRLP@cityofberkeley.info or leave a message by calling (510) 981-5412.

In addition, the City of Berkeley provides funding to other home rehabilitation programs to provide  no-cost ADA accessibility improvements & health and safety repairs to eligible homeowners.

Please contact the nonprofits below directly to determine if you are eligible to receive services:

Center of Independent Living
3075 Adeline St. Suite 100,
Berkeley, CA. 94710

Rebuilding Together
732 Gilman Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

Habitat for Humanity
East Bay/Silicon Valley
2919 Broadway

Eligible senior or disabled Berkeley homeowners may apply for an interest-free, deferred payment loan of up to $100,000 to repair or alter their home under staff supervision. Repayment is deferred until one of the following criteria is met: The sale or transfer of the property, the eligible homeowner ceases to occupy the property, or upon maturity date of the loan. 

To qualify, an applicant must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be 62 years of age and older, OR permanently disabled.
  • Must be the owner and resident of property to be rehabilitated/improved.
  • Have an annual income within the guidelines listed below:

Number of Persons in Family/Household

Income Limit

Number of Persons in Family/Household

Income Limit


















Typical repairs include:

  • CARPENTRY: Ramp construction, Porch repair, Steps, Handrails, Entry doors and locks
  • PLUMBING: Toilets and faucets, Drain lines, Sewer
  • EARTHQUAKE/FIRE PROTECTION WORK: Bolt foundation, Brace crawl space walls, Anchor water heater, Remove brick chimney, Install approved release window bars and smoke detectors
  • FOUNDATIONS: Repair or replacement
  • WALLS: Stucco siding repair,  Interior wall patching and painting
  • MISCELLANEOUS: Heating system repair/replacement, Broken window repair/replacement, Yardwork, (including tree pruning), Hauling debris

Program Guidelines:

To view the program guidelines, click here.  





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