Community Development Program

2012 Action Consolidated Plan

Bensalem Township acting under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act, provides assistance to homeowners in the repair and rehabilitation of their homes. If a resident is living in his/her home, which needs repairs or rehabilitation, the resident may be eligible for a no interest loan through Bensalem Township Housing Program. All residents of Bensalem Township are eligible to apply, subject to the following criteria:

ELIGIBILITY

Any resident of Bensalem Township; Applicant must own and occupy as principle residence, a one-family home within the township. Multi-family structures and rental units are not eligible.
The combined gross annual income for all persons living in the applicant's household shall not exceed the following:

Household size, Annual Household Income
1 person $26,000
2 people $30,000
3 people $34,000
4 people $37,000
5 people $40,000
6 or more persons $43,000
("Subject to change" - Call for updated figures)

Income is defined as the combined gross annual income of all occupants of the dwelling unit. Potential recipients shall be required to prove annual income. Income shall be verified by income tax returns, pay checks stubs or other means. Periods of temporary unemployment shall be excluded from the determination of normal annual income.
Families with disposable assets in excess of $10,000 and elderly or handicapped person with disposable assets of $20,000 shall not be eligible for assistance. Assets such as stocks, bonds, cash and real estate shall be considered. The value of the primary residence and up to one automobile per driver shall be excluded from this provision.

The Bensalem Township Office of Community Development in conjunction with the Bucks County Re-Development Authority administers this program. For more information on eligibility, application and program specifics, please contact
215-781-8711, Bob White, Director.

Click here to view the Township Code of Ordinances website.

FAIR HOUSING AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

The secretary of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has made Fair Housing a priority area. Bensalem Township promotes many Fair Housing activities. One activity the Township operates is its Housing Rehabilitation Program. If you own a home in Bensalem Township and meet certain income limits you may qualify under this program.

Eligibility Household Income

For information, you may contact the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority at 215-781-8711, Bob White, Director.

Midge Wagner, Assistant
Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County
One North Wilson Avenue
Suite 1
Bristol, PA 19007
215-781-8711
Fax # 215-781-8716

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Federal Law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or an apartment and you believe your rights have been violated you can file a Fair Housing complaint. Complaints may be filed at the following locations:


Bucks County Human Relations Council
P.O. Box 2012
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.bchumanrelations.org

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
Philadelphia Regional Office
711 State Office Bldg
1400 Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
www.phrc.state.pa.us
215-560-2496
Text Telephone 215-560-3599

Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
100 Penn Square East, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3380
www.hud.gov/complaints
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