HRCCP funds shall be utilized to administer those repairs required to bring eligible properties up to a basic decent living condition that are in compliance with HUD Section 8 Housing Quality Standards. In addition, eligible projects include improvements which ensure the health and safety of the occupants, assist the prevention of blight, and increase the life of the structure. All work must comply with the Massachusetts State Building Code and the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code, as applicable.
Eligible work performed by the HRCCP includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Replacement of private water/sewage systems
- Repair of inefficient and/or dangerous heating systems
- Replacement of defective plumbing systems
- Repair/upgrade of substandard electrical systems and fixtures
- Reduction of all interior and exterior lead hazards as required by HUD
- Elimination of all serious insect and rodent infestations
- Removal of health and safety hazards – installation of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and ionization detectors
- Roof replacements
- Creation of safe entry/exit ways
- Removal of blighted exterior conditions
Removing Architectural Barriers
The Housing Rehabilitation and Code Correction Program also provides assistance in targeted low and moderate income neighborhoods for persons with disabilities who require accessibility improvements such as the installation of handicap ramps, retrofitting of bathrooms, or other needs as determined by the nature of the individual’s disability.
Lead Hazard Reduction
Lead Hazard Reduction activities will be performed based on the applicable state and/or federal laws in conjunction with all HRCCP projects. The federal law requires that if a state/local law exists, the more restrictive law will apply. The Massachusetts law states that properties with children under 6 must delead to state standards. Properties with children over 6 or no children will be required to delead to federal standards.
In general, Lead Hazard Reduction activities are typically conducted in connection with a larger rehabilitation project. For all lead hazard reduction activities, a lead paint inspection - risk assessment will be conducted by a licensed inspector. The inspection report will identify levels of hazards present, prioritize the risk, and recommend interim measures of abatement or full abatement depending on the amount of housing rehabilitation assistance which the property is estimated to receive. The required Lead Hazard Reduction measures will be performed at all dwellings where children under the age of six reside regardless of the general rehabilitation cost of the project. All deleading will be performed by qualified, certified, and insured deleading contractors. After the de-leading related work is completed, a re-inspection will be performed to confirm that the lead hazards have been corrected.
It is often necessary to temporarily relocate residents during the deleading process. Tenants and owners will receive reasonable, advance notification whether or not temporary relocation will be necessary and, if so, the kinds of relocation assistance available.