You can get up to $25,000 in free money to fix your home from $3 million pot but you need to meet four criteria

ALABAMA residents have the opportunity to qualify for up to $25,000 in federal money for home repairs.

The $3 million program will fund house repairs in Montgomery County, thanks to money from the American Rescue Plan.

Montgomery County will receive $3 million in federal money to fix dilapidated homes


Montgomery County will receive $3 million in federal money to fix dilapidated homesCredit: Getty

The federal money will go toward about 200 homes in the Alabama county. 

The money was included in the government’s 2021 Covid-19 stimulus package and is finally being disbursed via the Critical Home Repair program.

Not every homeowner will qualify for the assistance, however.


To get the aid, your home must be in need of serious repairs, according to Timothey Fletcher, the program manager with Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development.

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“What we’re trying to do is give someone basic shelter,” Fletcher told the Montgomery Advertiser. “This money is without strings.”

Homes in need of mere beautification will not qualify, according to Fletcher.

Instead, the program is meant to help out with repairs that threaten their residents’ ability to live safely in the house.

To qualify, homeowners must have low or moderate income and live in single-family or manufactured housing.

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That means those in multi-family housing and apartments do not qualify for the cash.

The money can be used for several specific repairs, as determined by an inspector.

  • Roof replacement
  • HVAC repair or replacement
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Electrical repairs
  • Limited structural repairs 
  • Exterior painting
  • Septic System

The program is first-come first-served.

Steps to apply can be found online.


Nationwide, housing issues have come into focus as the country lacks enough units to house its population. 

In Vermont, the state recently rolled out a plan to fund accessory dwelling units or ADUs.

The grant program will offer up to $50,000 to anyone willing to build a tiny home or apartment on their property and rent it out.

ADUs are often cited as a way to easily increase housing supply but are banned in the city of Montgomery, Alabama.

To get around tough zoning laws, many who are willing to downsize their homes move into tiny home villages.

One village in Florida was designed specifically to help people find affordable housing.

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Another tiny home village has a waterfront property in Ohio.

One storied tiny home titan has gone back to basics.

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