Programs for Homeowners and Renters

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The City of Charlottesville offers a number of different programs to assist both homeowners and renters reduce the overall costs of housing. These programs range from rent rebates for senior and disabled renter households to free exterior paint for homeowners looking to spruce up their homes, as well as resources for making accessibility modifications to new and existing residential properties. Please see brief descriptions of available programs below, and click on the program names for more detailed information.


Free Paint Program Application

The Free Paint Program offers paint, primer, and up to 8 tubes of caulk to low-income Charlottesville homeowners who are looking to decorate the exterior of their home, including siding, trim, porches, and roofs.


Rental Relief for the Elderly or Permanently and Totally Disabled

If you or your spouse are 65 years of age or older or are permanently and totally disabled, and have a yearly income of $50,000 or less, and a net worth of $125,000 or less, you may qualify for a grant to help offset the cost of rents paid.


Real Estate Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled

If you own and are living in your home in the City of Charlottesville and are 65 years of age or older, or permanently disabled, and have a yearly income of $50,000 or less, a net worth of $125,000 or less, you may qualify for Real Estate Tax Relief. Net worth shall exclude the fair market value of the dwelling in which you live.


Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption

A Disabled Veteran may qualify for an exemption from Real Estate Tax if you meet certain criteria. For more information, please click the program title to visit the program page.


Charlottesville Housing Affordability Program

In an effort to promote and preserve homeownership, the Charlottesville City Council offers grants to homeowners who may not otherwise qualify for the City’s elderly and disabled tax relief programs. These grants help offset the financial hardships faced by many homeowners due to rising real estate assessments.


Accessible Housing Incentives

The Virginia Livable Home Tax Credit (LHTC) program provides state tax credits for building, purchasing, or remodeling homes and incorporating accessibility and universal design features. The LHTC program can be used in conjunction with Design for Life C'ville.


Special Tax Rate for Certain Energy-Efficient Buildings

A special tax rate is available to qualified residential and commercial energy-efficient buildings.