The Emergency Home Repairs VI Program provides FREE repairs to eligible owner-occupied homes that were damaged during Hurricanes Irma or Maria in September 2017. The Program allows individuals and families to safely shelter in their own home instead of staying at shelters, hotels, or rentals while they wait for permanent repairs.
You will be contacted to schedule a site visit at your home. An Emergency Home Repairs VI inspector and licensed and bonded contractor will determine whether repairs can be made to your home to make it safe and habitable while you wait for permanent repairs. If your property qualifies, a list of repairs will be developed and agreed upon by you, the inspector, and the contractor.
Examples of repair work can be found under the Repairs section.
This work will be provided at no cost to the eligible homeowner. This Program is independent of other assistance programs you may have participated in, and will not affect the applicant’s eligibility; although it will likely affect future eligibility for interim housing assistance.
Our staff will help homeowners identify documents needed to determine eligibility and to schedule a home visit.
This Program is for homeowners who live in their home or wish to return to their home to live. You will qualify if repairs will make your home meet “safe and habitable” standards. A qualified team of professionals will meet with you at your home to determine needed repairs and discuss next steps. Licensed and bonded contractors will use builders grade material to repair your home to permanent standards.
Homeowners whose home has sustained hurricane damage and is still in need of repairs should APPLY NOW. If you own and live in your home or want to return home from a shelter, rental apartment or hotel room, but your home is not yet safe and sanitary, please apply.
For absentee owners who are sheltering off-island, other qualifications are required. Call 844-813-9191 to find out more about what is required if this applies to you.
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IMPORTANT: Each home is assessed for emergency repairs and may not require all repairs listed.
After you have applied, you will be contacted by your repair advocate to determine eligibility and to schedule a home visit.
2. HOME VISIT
An Emergency Home Repairs VI inspection team and a licensed and bonded contractor will visit your home. Prior to the visit, the homeowner will be required to sign a Right of Entry agreement. They will determine whether repairs can be made to your home to make it safe and habitable. If your property qualifies, a list of repairs will be developed and agreed upon by you, the inspection team, and the contractor.
3. REPAIRS ARE SCHEDULED
You will be contacted to schedule the contractor to perform the agreed-upon repairs to your home.
Licensed and bonded contractors and construction specialists, such as plumbers and electricians, will make repairs to your home. During this period, your home will be a work-in-progress. While repairs are being made, your home will be considered an active “work site” until final inspection.
5. FINAL INSPECTION
This is the final step. You will meet at your home with the inspection team and contractor to review the repairs. You will sign a form that confirm that the work has been completed as previously agreed upon.
The EHRVI Program is committed to assisting the citizens of the USVI to safely shelter in their home by conducting basic home repairs. The Program is also committed to ensuring we deliver on our commitment to treat homeowners honestly, respectfully, with integrity, and the highest ethical standards. Fraud, waste, and abuse have no room in this Program. We have created a reporting hotline and website so citizens and employees working on the Program can report instances of fraud, waste, and abuse anonymously and without fear of reprisal. The prompt reporting of unethical behavior, dishonesty, misconduct, or fraud will help ensure we deliver an effective Program to the citizens of the USVI.
To report fraud, please call (866) 201-3334 (in English) or (800) 216-1288 (en Español). You can also report fraud by visiting www.lighthouse-services.com\ehrvi.
Will I have to pay for this work?
No. If you are asked for payment REFUSE and contact us immediately at (844) 813-9191.
Who will perform the work on my home?
Repairs will be performed by the licensed and bonded contractors hired by the Program.
Does my participation in the Emergency Home Repairs VI Program affect my eligibility for future assistance for repair, replacement, or permanent/semi-permanent housing construction assistance?
No. Participation in the Program does not affect a FEMA Individuals and Households Program (IHP) applicant’s eligibility for repair, replacement, or permanent or semi-permanent housing construction assistance.
Does my participation in the Emergency Home Repairs VI Program affect my eligibility for continued sheltering assistance?
Most likely. Once emergency work is completed and the home is approved for sheltering, participation in the Program will likely make you ineligible for further Temporary Sheltering Assistance (TSA) or other FEMA sheltering assistance.
Does my participation in the Program affect my eligibility for continued rental assistance?
Most likely. Upon receiving repairs, an applicant may only receive continued rental assistance or direct housing assistance on a case-by-case basis, when the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) determines the assistance is appropriate based upon the following factors:
What if I received assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Operation Blue Roof Program or under the U.S. Virgin Island’s Tarping Program?
Your residence may qualify if the conditions meet the eligibility requirements. Call us and we can assist you through the qualifications process.