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Need Emergency Home Repairs? 6 Steps to accessing a Home improvement Grant

Need Emergency Home Repairs? 6 Steps to accessing a Home improvement Grant

 

The purpose of this grant is to provide low-income households with the necessary funding to undertake essential repairs and upgrades, which will enhance their living conditions. The Ministry will provide a non-refundable grant of $15,000 to successful applicants.

Am I Eligible for this grant? 

  • Applicants must be resident citizens of Trinidad and Tobago

  • The total household income must not exceed TT$ 5,000 per month

  • The applicant must be at least 21 years old.

  • An applicant or other household members must not have previously benefited from the Ministry’s Grants or Subsidy Programmes.

  • The applicant must be able to show proof of land tenure.

For Proof of Tenure, you must have: 

  • A Deed or Certificate of Title in the applicant’s name

  •  A signed letter of consent from co-owners, if the property is jointly owned

  • Rent receipts in applicant’s name for a period of three consecutive years, if occupying rented land

  •  Written permission from legal owner, if the applicant does not own or is leasing the property, along with a copy of a Deed or Certificate of Title in the name of the owner(s), accompanied by a copy of the identification card of the owner(s)

  •  A Certificate of Comfort, if the applicant is squatting; or a Letter of Non-Objection from the Land Settlement Agency

Accessing the Home improvement grant: 

Complete an application form via the Ministry’s website (www.housing.gov.tt) or at the Ministry’s office, located at 44-46 South Quay, Port of Spain.

All applications are entered into the Ministry of Housing prospective database, and the selection of applicants is made via a modified random draw. 

Shortlisted applicants are then invited to attend an assessment interview to determine the accuracy or truthfulness of their application.

A housing inspector from the Ministry will visit the applicant’s premises throughout the process to ensure that the approved work is being done in accordance with the legally signed agreement.

Funds will be disbursed in two parts: 50% on commencement of the project and the other half when repairs have been satisfactorily completed. 

Priority Applicants 

Priority will be given to applicants conducting the following repairs:

  • Addition or upgrade of indoor bathroom and toilet facilities 

  • Bedroom or Kitchen Cupboards

  • Addition, update, and adaptation of rooms to ease overcrowding 

  •  Plumbing work Roof and ceiling work

  • Conversion of earthen floors to concrete

  •  Transformation of wooden structures to concrete

  • Electrical works Bedroom and kitchen cupboards

  •  Improved facilities for persons with disabilities

  •  Installation of burglar proofing for doors and windows for improved security and to works deemed critical to home improvement. 

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