Please find below information about the City's housing loan programs. Before completing a full application, you may wish to complete the Home Improvement Program Self-Qualifier worksheet and review the target area map, click here. Some of the loan programs are only offered to applicants within the target area. See particulars for each program below. Completing the Self Qualifier will give you a good indication of your eligibility for the Home Improvement program and whether or not you should apply. To apply online, please click Housing Loan Program Applications or to print a paper application, click here.
Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance
Are you ready to purchase a new home but are having trouble saving for the down payment and/or closing costs? If you are a first-time homebuyer and plan to buy within the Janesville city limits, the City of Janesville may be able to help. Loans up to $5,000 are available to low to moderate income households to help with down payment and closing costs. To be eligible, total annual household income must be at or below 80% of the county median income, the household must complete a HUD-certified homebuyer counseling program, and/or Home Buyer Workshop. Loans are forgiven over five years of continued occupancy, so at the end of five years you owe nothing. For more detailed information about the program, contact Laura Laux, Community Action Housing Services Coordinator at 608-313-1337 or 608-931-7941.
Recently Purchased Rehabilitation Program
If you purchased a home in the last two years, you know that qualifying for a home improvement loan when you have little equity can be difficult. If your total household income is at or below 80% of the county median income and your home is in the "target" area, you may qualify for this program. Loans up to $24,999 ($29,998 for a duplex) are available for eligible home improvements. One-half of the loan amount is "forgiven" over ten years of continued occupancy, and you repay the other half over ten years at no interest. For more information, contact Neighborhood Services.
Home Improvement Program
If your home is in the target area, we may be able to help with your home's remodeling. Loans of up to $24,999 ($29,998 for a duplex) are available to help families who have annual incomes at or below 80% of the county median income. We can lend up to 100% of the value of the home, and loans are made at no interest.
If you are over the age of 60 or are disabled, we defer payments until you no longer live in the home. Also, the program is available citywide. In other words, if you are over the age of 60 or are disabled and your home is within the Janesville city limits, you can participate in the Home Improvement Program. You do not need to live within the target area. For more information contact Neighborhood Services.
What is 80% of the Rock County Median Income?
Family Size Income
1 $ 34,850.00
Rental Rehabilitation Program
If you own rental property within the Janesville city limits and you would like to make improvements, funds may be available through the HOME program. Loans are available up to $14,999 per unit, and possibly more, to fund improvements such as roofing, windows, insulation, interior remodeling and mechanical systems. The loan is deferred at 0% interest during construction and converts to a Prime + 1% interest-bearing loan amortized over ten years post-construction. Landlords must agree to rent to low income tenants, or tenants with household incomes less than 60% of the Rock County median income level at Fair Market Rent levels, for an affordability period of five years following completion of the project. A Restrictive Covenant is recorded against the property for the term of the affordability period. For more information contact Neighborhood Services. To print a paper application, click Rental Rehabilitation application.
Housing Loan Program Contractors
City of Janesville Housing Programs emphasize the importance of craftsmanship and quality materials in work performed. Contracts for work under the City of Janesville Housing Programs are awarded only to pre-qualified contractors. To obtain a contractor application click Contractor Qualification Form 2012.