The first residential rehabilitation grants have been awarded to 13 Coppell homeowners.

Director of Community Development Mindi Hurley presented the results from the pilot phase of the residential rehabilitation program during Coppell City Council’s May 28 meeting.

Two-minute impact

During the initial phase, Hurley said 12 of the 13 grant recipients received full funding, with the final grant partially funded. Applications received were funded on a first-come, first-served basis with the initial allocation of $100,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The goal of the residential rehabilitation program is to help renovate the city’s housing stock—about 45% of which is more than 30 years old—which is outlined in the Coppell 2040 plan.

“This was all designed to protect the integrity of Coppell neighborhoods so that everyone in the neighborhood would benefit from improvements made to a property,” Hurley said.

Zooming in

The program was designed to provide a match in funding for exterior renovations for homes provided they met the following criteria:
  • Exterior improvements worth at least $1,000
  • Must be a primary residence of a homeowner
  • A residence must be at least 30 years old
In total, the city received 696 applications after the pilot phase launched May 1. Despite several homeowners not receiving grants, Hurley said staff heard many property owners planned to complete renovation projects anyway.

“In our mind, it was the catalyst that got some people to invest in their property, which is exactly what we were wanting to do with the program,” Hurley said.

Looking ahead

Several council members said they would be supportive of continuing the program with greater funding.

Hurley said $200,000 has been budgeted annually for the next five budget forecasts should the program be continued.