Home Improvement Programs

The Community Development Department has a number of programs to help property owners make needed repairs to their homes or apartment buildings. We offer low interest loans; rates are based on income and family size. For information regarding home improvement programs, contact Alison Pepin at (207) 333-6601 extension 1330 or by email at apepin@auburnmaine.gov

  • The Homeowner Rehab Program assist homeowners, citywide whose income is less than 80% of area median income with improvements to their unit. An interest-free loan of up to $40,000 is available to help property owners make home repairs to meet Auburn’s Housing Standards.
  • The Spot Rehab Program assists homeowners whose home has serious health and safety housing conditions. Interest rates are based on household income. The maximum loan amount is $25,000.
  • The Residential Rehabilitation Program helps to improve the quality of housing and allows for a more comprehensive rehabilitation effort of target area properties. See target area map below. The program is available to investor owners and owner-occupied households. The program is also available in all parts of Auburn if the owner’s income is less than 80% of area median income. The maximum loan is  $20,000 per unit, with a 25% private match. Interest rate is 2% for target area properties and 0% for households whose income is under 80% of area median income. The term is up to 25 years. A $10,000 grant is available for exterior improvements with a 25% private match. Grants for historic properties must comply with Historic Property Exterior Restoration Policy.

  •  The Demolition Program is available to remove buildings that have deteriorated to a point where the building is detrimental to public health and safety. A loan is available up to $25,000 with a term of 25 years.   Interest rate is dependent on applicant’s annual income.