Programs & Services

Housing programs are open and available to eligible City of Lorain, owner-occupied residents only. Subject to fund(s) availability.

HOME Rehabilitation Loan Program

HOME We are here to help-ENGLISH logoThe City of Lorain’s new HOME Rehabilitation Loan Program affords eligible low-and-moderate income homeowners to make repairs on their home to improve the quality of their lives and create a positive effect in the surrounding neighborhood. The program provides up to $45,000 of home rehabilitation to owner-occupied houses in the City of Lorain.  

Applications are available for download HERE, or by calling 440-204-2020 to speak with a member of the Housing Division. 

Applications will be accepted beginning November 1, 2021.

Related Documents:

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Home Repair Program

Home Repair Program Brochure

Programa de Reparacion en el Hogar

Applications are available.

Eligible Repairs

  • Code Violations
  • Structural Hazards: leaking roof, rotted or unsafe floors, ceilings, walls, stairs, etc.
  • Electrical and other fire hazards
  • Gas Lines
  • Roof Repair/replacement, gutters
  • Repair/Replacement of heating systems/HVAC
  • Repair of air conditioning systems (Must be medically related with doctor’s notifications)
  • Plumbing (includes, water tank and waterlines which may include branch lines and well pump repair or replacement) and sewer/septic repair

Ineligible Repairs

  • Additions
  • Fences
  • Fireplaces (unless posing a fire hazard)
  • Garages
  • Landscaping

Eligible Accommodations:

  • Ramps, Grab bars, Door widening, Level door knobs/faucets, Assisted technology devices, Toilets
Maximum Eligible Area Median Income (AMI) 
  • 80% or below AMI

*EFFECTIVE June 1, 2019*

  • If a household income is at or below 60% AMI, 100% of the loan will be deferred and forgiven over 5 years. 
  • If a household income is above 60% AMI but at or below 80% AMI, 20% of the total loan will be payable over the 5 year loan term. 80% of the total loan is deferred and forgiven during the 5 year loan term.


Rental, mortgage and utility assistance is available for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Do you have a tenant that is at risk of eviction due to the inability to pay their rent because of COVID-19?

If you think your tenant may be eligible and are willing to accept assistance to stop the eviction process and allow the tenant to remain in the home, the Lorain County Urban League may be able to assist you. Payments, up to 6 months, will be made directly to you on behalf of the tenant. 

  • The tenant resides in the City of Lorain
  • The tenant has a loss of income due to COVID-19
  • The tenant income qualifies
Please contact the Urban League at 440-323-3364 or email for more information. The housing counselor will gather the necessary information and reach out to your tenant.

Are you struggling to pay your rent due to a loss in income from COVID-19? The Lorain County Urban League has a rental assistance program, providing assistance for up to 6 months, that may be able to assist you.


  • City of Lorain resident
  • Valid and current written lease agreement
  • Economic loss due to COVID-19

Please contact the Urban League at 440-323-3364 or email for more information. The housing counselor will work with you to determine eligibility and gather all required documents. If approved, rental payments will be made directly to the landlord.

The Lorain County Urban League is also offering utility assistance for gas and electricity to City of Lorain residents impacted by COVID-19. Assistance can be provided for up to 3 months. Please contact the Urban League at 440-323-3364 or email for more information.

Public Service 

Public service funding is available for qualified non-profit organizations interested in providing services that address one or more of the public service needs outlined below* and in the City's Five-Year Consolidated Plan 2020/2021-2024/2025 (Con Plan). The Pocket Program is a facet of the City of Lorain's public service programs designed to allow grants to be more manageable for nonprofit organizations with less than $50,000 annual revenue or typically organizations that file a 990-EZ.

Public Service Meeting Presentation (07.26.21)

Public Service Application

Pocket Program Application

Applications are due by November 1, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Qualified Programs:
  • New services
  • quantifiable increase in the level of an existing service
Qualified Uses:
  • Labor
  • Materials 
  • Supplies
  • Operate and/or maintain the portion of a facility in which the public service is located 
  • Political Activities
  • Income Payments
Eligibility Activities:
  • Energy Conservation
  • Educational Programs*
  • Services for Senior Citizens*
  • Service for Homeless Persons*
  • Crime Prevention and Public Safety
  • Employment Services*
  • Childcare Services
  • Youth Services*
  • Substance Abuse Services
  • Veteran Services*
  • Legal Services*
  • Public Transporation Services*
  • Mental Health Services*


Are you a City of Lorain small business that has been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

The purpose of the SBSP is to help businesses prevent, prepare for or respond to coronavirus and the related economic downturn and recovery. Businesses are eligible to receive forgivable, no-interest loans, designed to help local businesses avoid financial hardship, remain in operation, and/or re-open after the state-mandated non-essential business shutdown. Storefront businesses are eligible to use SBSP funds to assist with rent/mortgage expenses, utility costs, payroll, and/or to retrofit their place of business under state and county public health guidelines. Home-based businesses are eligible to use SBSP funds for general operating costs, not including rent/mortgage, utilities, and/or payroll. Expenses before March 22, 2020, are not eligible for storefront or home-based businesses.

This program is funded through CDBG-CV funds and therefore, requires the City of Lorain to verify that there is no duplication of benefits. All applications are required to complete a Duplication of Benefits Affidavit as part of the application process. This affidavit acknowledges the City of Lorain’s requirement that any person or entity receiving CDBG-CV assistance must agree to repay assistance that is determined to be duplicative. 

Storefront Business

Eligible to receive up to $15,000 for:





Home-based Business

Eligible to receive up to $10,000 for:

Operating Expenses*

*Not including rent, mortgage, utilities, and/or payroll

Weatherization Program
(Furnace & Hot Water Tank Repair and Replacement)

For more information contact:


Lead Abatement Program

For more information contact:
Erie County Health Department