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Cleveland Heights Down Payment Assistance Program


In an agreement with the City of Cleveland Heights, Home Repair Resource Center now facilitates applications for the City’s Down Payment Assistance Program. The program provides up to $10,000 to income-eligible buyers of one- and two-family homes throughout the city.

Household Size Gross Income Limit

  1. $ 37,050
  2. $ 42,350
  3. $ 47,650
  4. $ 52,900
  5. $ 57,150
  6. $ 61,400

call (216) 381-6100 for additional income limits if your household size is not shown

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  1. Receive certification of completion of pre-purchase and home maintenance counseling from a H.U.D. approved agency.
  2. Contribute a minimum of 3.50% of the sales price towards the home purchase (gift funds also eligible).
  3. Receive approval and first mortgage commitment for the purchase of the home from a mortgage lender.


The Property Must Be Inspected for Code Violations and Defective Paint:

  • The property must be occupied by the seller or vacant for a minimum of 90 days.
  • Defective paint issues must be satisfied prior to application and initial inspection by the City of Cleveland Heights.
  • Health and safety code violations must be satisfied before the owner can receive approval to occupy the home.


Application Instructions

Fill out the application form by downloading the PDF below and the lender’s checklist. Take the forms to your lender. The buyer’s first-mortgage lender will submit the completed forms to HRRC for processing.

Info on Cleveland Heights Down Payment Assistance

Apply for Cleveland Heights Down Payment Assistance

Contact Information

For further information, contact Keesha Allen:

Phone:(216) 381-6100, ext. 13.

Applications are delivered to Home Repair Resource Center, c/o Keesha Allen, 2520 Noble Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44121.

Lead Safe Program


The Cuyahoga County Lead Safe Program enables eligible low-and-moderate income homeowners and renters in targeted suburban areas outside the City of Cleveland to make changes in their homes to provide a lead safe environment for young children.

Grants are offered to income-eligible homeowners and renters who live in any Cuyahoga County suburb outside the City of Cleveland, with a child age 5 or younger living in the home or regularly attending paid home day care in the home. In most cases, the grant will cover the full cost of the work. The property owner will be notified in advance if the cost of work will be more than the grant limit. Low-interest loans for the extra cost may be available depending on the community.

Grants are available to make repairs to the home that, at completion, will make the unit lead safe according to United States Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines. The scope of work to be done will be determined by a free Lead Risk Assessment by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Remediation work will be done by state licensed Lead Abatement Contractors and inspected by the Board of Health.



  • Homeowners and renters with a child age 5 or younger living in the home or regularly attending paid home day care in the home are eligible.
  • All children 5 years of age or younger living or often spending time in the home (day care children) must be tested for blood lead levels, within six months before remediation starts.
  • Household income limits are based on the total expected annual income for the next 12 months of all persons living in the assisted unit.
  • The home or apartment must not be in foreclosure, and all property taxes must be current or the owner must be on a County-approved payment plan for the back property taxes.
  • Landlords must agree to give preference in renting assisted units to families with children under 6, for 3 years after the work is done, and may not raise tenant-paid monthly rents for one year after the remediation work is finished.

More Information on the Lead Safe Program

Apply for Lead Safe Program

Contact Information

Submit application to:

Attn: LEAD Eligibility

2079 East 9th Street, 7th Floor Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: (216) 348-4066


For Lead Assistance:

Please call City of Cleveland Heights at (216) 291-4869.

Cleveland Housing Network


Cleveland Housing Network offers water repair and conservation services to help homeowners conserve water and reduce water bills. Eligible homeowners may receive:

  • Hot water tank repair or replacement (owner-occupied homes only)
  • Emergency service line replacement (owner-occupied homes only)
  • Other major plumbing repairs (owner-occupied homes only)

Once you qualify, they will send a plumber to your house to make the necessary repairs.

You may use this program to assist with water repairs once every two years.


You Must Be At or Below 150% or 200% of Poverty

More Information on Cleveland Housing Network

Apply for Cleveland Housing Network Services

Contact Information:

Applications can be mailed or faxed:

Cleveland Housing Network
2999 Payne Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114
ATTN: Jessica Ingram
Fax number: 216-881-5329


For other questions or concerns, call

Jessica Ingram: 216-774-2396

Project Repair


Project Repair is a program of Home Repair Resource Center. It offers many services that can help homeowners complete home repairs, whether do-self or contracted, and promotes sustainable home renovation wherever possible. They provide workshops, where participants learn and practice repair skills under the supervision of an instructor. Classes are held year-round, and most are held in their Teaching Center at 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.


They loan tools for home repairs, and one can even apply for a discount card, honored by several local merchants for discounts on tools and materials.

More Information on Project Repair

Apply for Project Repair

Contact Information

Call for tools: (216) 381-6100, ext. 18

Call for workshops: (216) 381-6100, ext. 16

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