Home Improvement Programs
Home Access Grant Program The City of Sunnyvale offers grants to low-income disabled residents to retrofit their homes to eliminate physical barriers and improve accessibility. This program requires the property owner's approval for participation. Seniors may be considered disabled for this program if they are having trouble with daily living activities such as bathing, cooking, etc. and need accessibility improvements to bathrooms, kitchens, doorways, etc. to improve their safety in their homes.
"On the Move" is a public access show dedicated to the understanding and empowerment of the physically challenged. This video features a discussion of acceesibility resources for the disabled in Sunnyvale such as the Home Access Grant Program.
The City of Sunnyvale offers low-income homeowners loans of up to $4,000 to pay a professional contractor, or a grant of up to $1,000 for paint and supplies for exterior painting of their homes.
Housing Rehabilitation Program
The City of Sunnyvale offers low-income homeowners deferred loans of up to $60,000 ($15,000 for mobile homes) for major repairs, and $25,000 for energy efficiency improvements ($5,000 for mobile homes) at 3% interest.
Energy Retrofit Grant Program
The City of Sunnyvale offers low-income homeowners a matching grant up to $5,000 to make energy efficient improvements.
Energy Upgrade California
Energy Upgrade California is your one-stop-shop for home improvement projects that lower your energy use, conserve water and natural resources, and make your home healthier and more comfortable.
Dispute Resolution Services
The County of Santa Clara Community Division works with neighbors, families, cultural and religious groups, Home Owners' Associations, and others to assist in the resolution of disputes. The types of disputes which can be dealt with range from disturbing the peace, to disputes with landlords/tenants, and all points in between.
Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP)
RTP (formerly Christmas in April) builds volunteer partnerships to rehabilitate homes and community facilities for low-income homeowners and neighbors - seniors, disabled, or families - so they can live independently in warmth and safety. To qualify for Home Improvement assistance, households must be at or below the 2011 Low Income Limits listed below.
Income Limits for CDBG and HOME funded programs
Refinancing Information for Below Market Rate Home Owners
If you are considering refinancing the home that you purchased through the City of Sunnyvale Below Market Rate Homeownership Program, you must contact Housing staff at (408) 730-7812 to confirm your eligibility to refinance, and to obtain the current BMR restricted resale price/value of your home. Staff will also provide you with a City of Sunnyvale Refinance Checklist for you and your lender to complete. Please review the BMR Home Ownership Program Guidelines which provide the rules for refinancing BMR homes.
As a courtesy, the Housing Division makes available a list of refinance and resale qualified participating lenders who may assist you.
You Can Avoid Foreclosure Scams
Avoid foreclosure "rescue" scams and report fraud. Learn more about common foreclosure rescue scams and how to protect yourself. Please visit MakingHomeAffordable.gov
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Avoiding Foreclosure
. HUD offers resources to help avoid foreclosure, keep your home, refinance options, and what to do if you cannot keep your home.
Keep Your Home California
Tenants Together is a non profit organization that provides assistance to tenants in foreclosure.
Keep Your Home California
is a free service designed to help low and moderate income homeowners who have suffered a financial hardship, stay in their homes, maintain an affordable mortgage payment and avoid foreclosure. It only takes a few minutes to find which program can help you best.
was chartered by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's housing market. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for one in four homebuyers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. Access the educational homeowner resources
by Freddie Mac.
provides mortgages services. Housing counseling is available for homeowners who are concerned about their mortgage. Call (408) 720-9888 or toll free at (888) 324-7468.