Housing - Repairs
Financial assistance for repairs to the basic necessary functions of the home. All applications for assistance must be approved by a committee (Home Repairs Committee) appointed by Tribal Council. Tribal members seeking to have their home repaired must 1) have marketable title in the member’s name; and 2) physically occupy the home as their primary residence.
- Amount of Assistance: The amount of assistance will be based on the project to be completed. The maximum amount of assistance for any home and Tribal member must not exceed $10,000. Regardless of how many subsequent homes a member requests assistance for under this program, the total collective amount to which such member would be entitled is $10,000.
- Eligibility time period: This is a one-time program. Tribal members may use this assistance until their maximum allowable amount has been exhausted. Applications may not be combined to repair the same home.
- Documentation Required: 1) Copy of filed Warranty Deed in tribal member applicant’s name which has been filed of record longer than six months; 2) Two bids or quotes. Bids/quotes must include the contractor’s or vendor’s TAX ID #, address, and telephone number; 3) W-9 from the vendor/contractor; and 4) the Tribal member must not have received any monies from the Tribal Homebuyer Assistance Program at any time.
- Open to applicants (Tribal Members) who are homeowners 18 years of age and over.
- Repairs are only allowable if they are necessary to the basic function of the home, cosmetic repairs, or expansion project are not allowable. Examples of repairs NOT allowable: garage doors/openers, fences, driveways, gutters, paint, landscaping, porches, ceiling fans, etc.
- Storm shelter expenses are allowable and included in the $10,000 maximum for home repairs.
- Individual requesting assistance must satisfy or be current on any and all outstanding debts and payments owed to the Otoe-Missouria Tribe or tribal entities before Home Repair Assistance is approved.
- Applications for assistance must be accompanied by no less than two quotes or bids. Any change orders must be in writing and approved by Committee.
- Members may be reimbursed up to $500 ONE TIME for emergency repairs that specifically affect the health, safety, and welfare of the tribal member.
- Prior to any work being performed, contractor must submit the bid/proposal to the Home Repairs Committee. The Tribe will not advance more than 1/3 of the bid, up to $3,333.34. Final payment will be made only when repairs are complete.
- Labor charges will not be approved for repairs being performed by any member of the homeowner’s household.
- Availability of funds will dictate the timing of approved projects. All complete files will be placed on a waiting list. The Home Repairs Committee will inform the applicant of when the project will be funded and work can begin on the project.
- All contracts and agreements are between the homeowner and contractor. The Otoe-Missouria Tribe is not responsible for correcting unsatisfactory or incomplete work.
- Business arrangements, scheduling, correspondence, billing, or any other issues are to be handled between the homeowner and contractor. The Otoe-Missouria Tribe is not a party to any contract or agreement with any contractor or vendor, the Tribe is only providing an assistance payment on the tribal member’s behalf.
- If a tribal member purchases or inherits a home from another tribal member and such home had previously received repairs through this program, the home would not be eligible for any additional repairs by the new owner for five years from the date of the last repairs, and the tribal member is still limited to the total amount of $10,000 as set forth above. The new homeowner must still meet all qualifications under this section.