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Home improvement loans are available for Blaine homeowners through the Center for Energy and Environment Lending Center.
Low Interest Home Improvement Loan
From maintenance projects to major remodels, you can finance most home improvements with a loan of up to $50,000 from the Blaine Economic Development Authority with interest rates under 4 percent.
Accessibility Loan Program
Simple modifications can be made to homes to allow residents with disabilities to remain in their homes. The accessibility loan program offers $10,000 in a deferred, no interest loan, which is paid back upon the sale of the property. The borrower’s household must include an individual with a disability and projects must be approved by the individual’s physician. Income limits apply. Projects may include widening doorways to accommodate mobility devices, adding grab bars, constructing ramps, and more!
Home improvement grants are available to owners of homes with a 2021 assessed value of $350,000 or less and that are at least 30 years old. No income limits apply.
Front Door Program
Receive a grant of up to $5,000 to improve the curb appeal of your home. Funds are limited. Projects must include at least one beautification project and a beautification project cost of at least $1,000.
Beautification projects-reimbursed at 25 percent of cost:
Basic projects-reimbursed at 15 percent of cost:
Major Remodeling Grant
Receive a grant of up to $7,500 to complete major remodeling projects in your home, such as finishing a basement, adding a bathroom, or gutting a kitchen. To receive the maximum reimbursement projects must also include exterior upgrades such as a new front door, adding brick to the front of the home, or new landscaping. Projects must have a total cost of at least $35,000.
Eligible major remodeling projects:
The reimbursement rate is determined by the number of exterior upgrade projects:
Receive expert advice, free of charge, for any project - from a simple renovation to a dream remodel, remodeling advisor visits from the Center for Energy and Environment can help sort out the possibilities when it comes to your next project. Services include:
Call 612-335-5884 for more information.
Manufactured Home Improvement Loans
Finance most home improvements to manufactured homes with a loan of up to $7,500 with rates under 4 percent.
Manufactured Home Beautification Grants
Give your home a facelift with a grant of up to $3,000 (15-25 percent of project cost). Eligible projects include decks, ramps, roofing, siding, skirting, windows, and more. Funds are limited. Homes must be at least 30 years old.
First time homebuyers living or working in Blaine are eligible for up to $10,000 in down payment assistance. Assistance is provided as a deferred, no interest loan, paid back upon sale of the property. Income limits apply.
For more information on all available programs BlaineMN.gov/HousingInformation.