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Open enrollment for the 2014 city’s roof and porch repair program starts 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

To begin the application process, homeowners must call 311 to be placed on the intake list. Registration will be taken until 1,000 calls have been reached.

The money is set aside for homeowners whose properties are hazardous and dangerous, and they face imminent threats to health and safety.

Open enrollment continues for the city’s emergency heating repair program.

Open enrollment for that program began Nov. 1 and runs through April 1.

To initiate the application process for the heating repair program, homeowners can call the customer service line at (312) 744-3653 or visit City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 1006, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You may also download the application packet, complete the forms, and bring or mail them to the City Hall location. Completed forms with all required documentation must be dropped off in our office or postmarked by April 1 to avoid cancellation.

Eligible properties must be located in Chicago, habitable, owner-occupied, and not at risk of foreclosure. All applicants must be income eligible and can only receive a one-time service for roof and porch repair/replacement.

An exception to the one-time assistance policy may be granted to homeowners who face heating emergencies even though they already have received roof or porch assistance.

Households earning 80 percent or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) are eligible to participate. The total gross income of all owners and other household members shall be included and may not exceed this limit. The gross incomes of all adults, 18 and older, who reside in the property, are included to determine income eligibility.

If the owner sells, transfers title or no longer occupies the unit within one year of the grant, the owner will be required to payback the grant in its entirety.

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