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Financial Support for Home Improvement


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development offers an improvement programme designed to assist persons who wish to do improvement works to their home and need financial assistance.

The Home Improvement Grant offers a maximum of TT$15,000 and does not require a financial contribution from the homeowner. 

This programme provides financial grants and the money provided does not need to be repaid.

Residents of Tobago should apply to the Tobago Home Improvement Grant and Subsidy Programme, administered by the Tobago House of Assembly. Please follow the link in the Related Services section on the left of your screen for more information on the Tobago Home Improvement Grant and Subsidy Programme.”




Home Improvement Grant

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development offers a home improvement grant designed to assist low-income households with the necessary funding to undertake basic repairs and upgrades which will enhance their living conditions.  The Ministry provides a non-refundable grant of $15,000 to successful applicants.  To be eligible, applicants must: 

  1. Be a citizen who reside in Trinidad and Tobago, and be 21 years and over;
  2. Have a monthly household income which does not exceed $5,000;
  3. Be able to show proof of legal tenure or permission to occupy;
  4. The applicant must be able to show a deed or certificate of title in their name; or, where the land is jointly owned, the applicant must show a signed letter of consent from the co-owner of the land along with valid identification;
  • Should the land be rented, the applicant must show consecutive rent receipts in his/her name for a period of no less than three years
  • Should the land on which the structure exists is not owned or rented, the applicant has to show written permission from the owner of the property along with a copy of the deed or certificate of title in the owner(s) name, accompanied by a copy of the owner’s identification card
  • If squatting, the applicant must submit a Certificate of Comfort accompanied by a letter of non-objection from the Land Settlement Agency
  1. Not have benefitted from a similar home improvement programme administered by the Ministry

 

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How can I apply?

Persons seeking assistance through this Home Improvement Grant Programme can submit an application to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development by:

  • Downloading and filling out an application form (see attached) 
  • Filling out an online application via the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development’s website
  • Filling out an application form at any of the ttconnect Service Centre locations

Home Improvement Grant Application Form

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Information

 

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How are applicants selected?

A frequent computerized draw is performed where applicants meeting the criteria are randomly selected. Once selected, applicants are then processed:

  • A letter is sent requesting an interview.
  • An interview is held between the applicant(s) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. 
  • Interviewees are informed by mail whether their application was successful or unsuccessful.
  • An official of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development performs a site visit to ensure that the house requires repairs.
  • Recommended applicants are then contacted and must come to the Ministry to sign an agreement
  • Another site visit is performed and the first payment is released on the recommendation of the official.
  • Subsequent visits by the Ministry to assess repairs result in further disbursements.

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What documents do I need?

The following documents must be provided by those selected for an interview:

  • Copies of applicants Birth Certificate.
  • Copies of ID Cards or Passports of all applicants.
  • Copies of Marriage Certificate (if applicable).
  • Copy of Title Deed or Deed of Lease or any other proof of ownership or permission to occupy the property - e.g. rent receipts.
  • A recent pay slip and job letter (or an affidavit attesting to income for self-employed and other persons).
  • Proof of matching savings e.g. letter from financial institution (for Home Improvement Subsidy applicants only).
  • A statement of repairs and estimate of materials and labour required.

Applicants must show proof of legal tenure by:

  • Providing a Deed or Certificate of Title in the applicant's name.
  • Where land is family owned, the applicant must show a letter of permission from the co-owners of the land.
  • If the land is rented, the applicant must show rent receipts in his or her name over a period of not less than five years.
  • Where the applicant is not renting the land on which the structure exists, he/she must have written permission from the owner of the property, as well as a copy of a Deed or Certificate of Title in the owner's name.

 

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Where can I find more information?

For further information concerning housing maintenance services, please contact the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. via


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
#44-46 South Quay, Port of Spain
1(868) 623-HOME (4663) ext: 2188/2075/2054
Fax: (868) 625-8182
Email: grants@housing.gov.tt

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development 

 

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