Selecting a Contractor
All contractors working in the city are required to be registered, this allows the City to ensure they are licensed, insured and inform them of permitting requirements. Always ask the contractor to see their city registration and permits BEFORE they start working on your house, this is for your protection. These guidelines will help you choose a professional contractor and ensure a good working relationship.
Heritage Home Program
The Heritage Home Program partners with Brooklyn, Cuyahoga County and the Cleveland Restoration Society to provide funds for residents to modernize older homes and make energy efficiency improvements. For more information, please visit the Heritage Home Program website or call 216-426-3116.
Cleveland Housing Network
Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) can help with housing and related needs. CHN offers affordable housing and homeownership opportunities in Cleveland and inner-ring suburbs. For those living in Cuyahoga County, CHN also provides utility bill assistance, foreclosure/eviction prevention services, free tax preparation, financial and student debt counseling and many group classes (e.g., homebuyer preparation, computer, and Internet). For Cuyahoga County residents and surrounding counties, CHN provides energy and weatherization services to eligible households (e.g., home insulation, refrigerator replacement). For additional information, please call 216-574-7100 or visit the CHN website.
United Way of Greater Cleveland
Calling 211 is the most comprehensive source of local human and social services in the U.S. Specialists are available 24/7 to help you access the best local resources and services to address any need. For additional information, dial 211 or visit www.211.org
Community Reinvestment Area Tax Abatement Program
The Community Reinvestment Area (CRA)Tax Abatement Program is administered through the Cuyahoga County Property Appraisal Department. Single and two-family dwelling units are eligible for this program. The abatement is for specific new construction and improvement projects that cost at least $2,500 and result in an increase to the assessed value of a property. The City of Brooklyn automatically notifies the county of all qualifying projects once work is complete and permits have been closed. Homeowners could qualify for a property tax abatement that defers a property tax increase for five (5) years on qualifying home improvements.
CARES ACT Funding for Mortgage Assistance Program
Cuyahoga County homeowners who have been impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for mortgage payment assistance. Cuyahoga County Council approved $2 million of CARES Act funding received through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to provide a one-time, zero interest deferred loan to urban Cuyahoga County homeowners who meet HUD eligibility guidelines and who have difficulty paying their mortgages because of the financial impact of COVID-19. The program is being administered by local agencies CHN Housing Partners, Community Housing Solutions, and Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People (ESOP). To apply for mortgage assistance or ask questions, please contact Cuyahoga County Mortgage Assistance Program at 216-600-2814.
HomeFix is a program for older adults who may need emergency repairs or home modifications.
- Home Repairs Provided
- Carpentry (steps, handrails, doors, etc.)
- Electrical Systems
- Heating Systems
- Hot Water Tank
- Kitchen and Bathroom Accessibility Modifications
- Plumbing Issues
- Severely Deteriorated
- Age 60 or older
- Income at or below 50% of the county’s median income
- Must own home where modification/repair will be completed
- Complete application, sign appropriate release forms, and provide proof of income and ownership
Contact the HomeFix Coordinator at 216-586-3772 or HomeFix@areaagingsolutions.org