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To qualify, your home must be within the City of Lake Elsinore's boundary. View this map to see if your home is within the shaded areas.
The City of Lake Elsinore is “CHIPping” in to encourage neighborhood beautification by offering home improvement grants to qualifying low and very low income homeowners. Lake Elsinore’s City Home Improvement Program (CHIP) is designed to preserve the City’s supply of decent, safe and sanitary affordable housing and to improve residential neighborhoods by assisting homeowners with funding for exterior repairs to single family homes located within the City. To qualify for a CHIP Grant, both the homeowner and the property must satisfy specific eligibility criteria.
2013 Income Limits
Maximum Gross Income
CHIP eligible improvements must repair, replace or preserve and protect the structural integrity or appearance of existing improvements. Strictly cosmetic additions do not qualify for CHIP funding. CHIP eligible improvements include the following:
In order to be eligible for a CHIP Grant, proposed improvements must be approved by the CHIP Administrator, or his/her designee, following a property inspection and Work Write-Up. All improvement work must be completed by qualified, licensed, and insured contractors.
Lead-Based Paint and Asbestos
Lead-Based Paint Participating properties that were built prior to January 1, 1978 must be inspected for lead-based paint, except:
Asbestos Participating properties that were built prior to January 1, 1980 must be inspected for asbestos, except:
CHIP Grants may be used only for the actual reasonable costs of the materials and labor necessary to complete the improvement work approved by the CHIP Administrator and set forth in the Work Write-Up. If required, lead-based paint and/or asbestos inspections and abatement can be paid for from the CHIP Grant.
The City will fund all CHIP Grants on a first-come, first served basis. All CHIP applications will be date stamped and processed in that order. Incomplete applications will be suspended until all requested information is submitted. CHIP Grants will be denied to any homeowner who submits false information. If false information is discovered after a CHIP Grant is funded, the participating homeowner must immediately repay the CHIP Grant.
Terms and Conditions
City Hall Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
If you have questions please call Nicole Dailey, the Lake Elsinore CHIP Administrator at (951) 674-3124, ext. 314 or by email at ndailey@Lake-Elsinore.org.