The City enforces high grass, yard trash and other nuisances on a complaint basis through Chapter 22: Nuisances of the Code of Ordinances. Violators are notified through regular and registered mail and posting of the property, and property owners have 10 days to bring the lots into compliance. Failure to comply will result in the City contracting the job and billing the owners. Properties cited more than once in a calendar year for the same violation will receive an automatic Repeat Offense Fee of $250.00 regardless if the owner complies or the City contracts the work. For questions regarding this ordinance or to report properties in your neighborhood, please contact Burlington Connected at 222-5024.
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City Offers Loan Program to Prevent Displacement of Homeowners with Special Needs
The City of Burlington was recently awarded $75,000 in grant funding by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) to serve City of Burlington and Alamance County residents under the 2016 Urgent Repair Program. The program provides funds to assist special needs households with low and very-low income in addressing housing conditions which pose imminent threats to life or safety. The program also provides funding for accessibility modification and other repairs necessary to prevent displacement of low and very-low income homeowners with special needs.
The Community Development Division of the City’s Planning Department will administer the program. “Opportunities for loan distributions remain for homeowners in our lowest income categories,” says Community Development Administrator Shawna Tillery.
To be eligible, homeowners must meet the specific requirements. Homeowners must reside within Alamance County and have ownership interest and occupy the home in need of repair. Total household income must not exceed 50% of the County median income for the household size. The City is currently in need of applicants at 30% of the County median income. Examples of household income limits are below:
One person household: $11,200
Two person household: $12,800
Three person household: $14,400
Four person household:$15,950
The homeowner must also have a special need (which now includes veteran status), and must have urgent repair needs, which cannot be met through other state or federally-funded housing assistance programs.
Applications will be accepted beginning July 11, 2016. Homeowners who wish to apply for assistance must do so by September 16, 2016. Homeowners may apply by contacting Community Development Technician, Staci Harris, at 336-222-5093 or email@example.com.
Any questions regarding the program can be directed to Community Development Administrator, Shawna Tillery, at 336-222-5094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.