Redevelopment Authority

of the City of Butler

 

Income Limits

(As of 06/15/2017)

 

1 Person                 $30,540

2 Persons                $34,860

3 Persons                $39,240

4 Persons                $43,560

5 Persons                $47,100

6 Persons                $50,580

7 Persons                $54,060

8 Persons                $57,540

Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation

 

     The program is open to all income elighible, single-family, owner-occupied units within the City of Butler.   Eligibility for the rehabilitation program depends upon the owner-occupants TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME being lower than the Income Limits.

 

     A homeowner is defined as both owning and occupying a home located in the City of Butler.  

 

       The grant amount is not claimed on your income tax and does not have to be paid back unless your home is sold within the five-year completion period.

 

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

 

AFTER IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HOMEOWNER REHABILITATION PROGRAM, THE FOLLOWING WILL TAKE PLACE:

 

     The Inspector will visit you home. An inspection survey will be conducted so that a work write- up can be completed. The work to be done first is to bring your home into compliance with the City of Butler’s building Codes, any additional rehabilitation work will then be considered.  Examples are roof, electrical wiring, furnace, windows, sidewalk, doors, insulation, etc.

 

     A specific work write-up will be prepared and reviewed with the homeowner for approval. A date will then be selected to invite the contractors on the Redevelopment Authority’s approved list to your home. They will be given the work write-up and be asked to look at each item so that they can prepare a bid for the work to be done. 

 

     The Redevelopment Authority is not employing the contractor or recommending any contractor. However, a list of contractors who have done satisfactory work for the Redevelopment Authority in the past is maintained. The work being done by any specific contractor is not being guaranteed by the Redevelopment Authority but the Contractor will guarantee his workmanship for one year. The Redevelopment Authority’s role is to help in determining the work write-up, setting up the bidding process and obtaining the funds needed for you to keep your home in a safe and sound condition.

 

     A minimum of 2 (two) bids are required for each rehabilitation job. The lowest responsible bidder from the list of contractors will be accepted. If the homeowner is desirous of accepting the bid of a contractor which is not the lowest responsible bid, the homeowner will then be responsible to pay the full difference in the price of the higher bid. The contractors will be given a specific date and time that their bids must be received in the Redevelopment Authority office for bid opening at which time all bids received will be opened and recorded as public record.

 

     After the Inspector has reviewed the bids to make sure they are acceptable, the homeowner will be notified of the results. If a proper bid is received, the homeowner must then decide whether to accept it. If the bid is over the amount of your initial grant of $16,000, the homeowner will pay the remaining cost.

 

     Upon receiving the homeowner’s approval, the Inspector will prepare a contract to be signed between the homeowner and the contractor who submitted the lowest bid. The contractor will give the homeowner an approximate time for the work to begin. The contractor is responsible for obtaining the proper building permits required by the City of Butler. You will receive copies of the contract for your records.

 

     A Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Agreement will also be signed at this time along with a Promissory Note and Mortgage. This agreement is between the Redevelopment Authority and the homeowner, and it is your guarantee that the amount of money listed on the Contract as Redevelopment Authority’s share will be paid to you and the Contractor for the work performed.

 

     As the work on your home progresses, the Inspector will make inspections when payment requests are made. The checks will be made co-payable to both the homeowner and the Contractor.

 

     Please keep in mind that the Contract covers the typical needs of the normal scope of the work to be done on your home. This work is intended to improve the condition of your home, to maintain it and to preserve its value. Sometimes it is impossible for the Inspector and/or the contractor to predict unforeseen and underlying problems with the structure itself. Such conditions may include rotten wood, termite damage, water damage, etc. If these unforeseen conditions exist in your home, the scope of work may have to be amended. In this case estimates to correct the problem will be prepared by the contractor and a Change Order will be prepared by the Inspector. In the event this happens, the increase in the scope of the work will cause increased costs. You may be required to invest money in your home to cover any increased costs involved due to the Change Order.

 

     Upon completion of the work, a final inspection will be conducted by the Inspector. If everything is found to be acceptable, the final payment will be authorized and the completion forms will be prepared and signed by the Owner and the Inspector. Pictures of the home will be taken prior to, during, and at the completion of the work.

Housing Rehabilitation Operation/Oversite

            The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Butler is seeking proposals for program delivery services associated with the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program through grants supplied by the State of PA on an “as needed basis”. The successful applicant will be required to have complete knowledge of all applicable Butler City building codes and regulations and a general working knowledge of construction and rehabilitation practices and procedures. Additional information on proposal submission may be obtained from the Redevelopment Authority by phoning (724) 283-0116, visit the website at www.RedevelopmentAuthorityCityofButler.net (Housing Rehabilitation link) or by e-mail: racb@zoominternet.net.

            The Authority will evaluate each proposal and determine whether additional information or a meeting is required. The Authority will select the person/firm which it determines to be best qualified and the most advantageous to the Authority.

                Factors used to make this determination will include (not necessarily in order of importance): (1) the convenience of the person/firm's location in respect to the Authority; (2) the person/firm's experience with federal rules and regulations, particularly those applicable to the CDBG and HOME Programs; (3) price, and (4) other more subjective traits to be analyzed in consideration of: (a) the person/firm's integrity and reputation; (b) person/firm's professional qualifications; (c) the person/firm's professional expertise; and (d) the person/firm's ability and willingness to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. The Authority's selection of each professional will be decided on the basis of (1) the proposal; (2) possible future interviews and negotiations with the person/firm; and (3) professional resume and references.

            The person/firm to whom the contract is awarded will be required to enter into written Agreements with Owner, in compliance with all applicable provisions of the state's CDBG and HOME Program. All (eventual) agreements will include standard provisions concerning management, Civil Rights, Equal Opportunity, and all other requirements in compliance with OMB Circular A-102, Attachment 0, Uniform Grant Guidelines, local, state and federal rules and regulations applicable to the program, and a fixed-price, maximum, lump sum fee for services to be rendered on a completed project basis.

            Proposals shall contain the following minimum information: (A) type of professional service proposed (e.g. Housing Rehabilitation Operation/Oversite); (B) name, address and telephone number of person/firm; (C) statement of person/firm's qualifications, including professional licenses, registration, degree of education and skill, previous experience with CDBG and HOME Programs and state and federally-funded programs; and (D) fee schedule (hourly rates, as well as a firm, fixed, percentage price for project delivery services. The proposal shall contain a rate schedule for all personnel to be directly engaged. The proposal shall also contain a detailed schedule of anticipated reimbursable expenses and the basis for computing all reimbursable expenses.

            Proposals will be accepted until 2 PM on Wednesday, February 21, 2017 at the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Butler, 129 West Cunningham Street, Butler, PA 16001.