The goal of community development is to be a one-stop shop for all of your economic and neighborhood development and expansion needs. The Department has four divisions – Planning and Zoning, Neighborhood Outreach, Building Inspections and Economic Development all of which are charged with helping you to move your project forward in a customer friendly and timely manner while eliminating any and all stumbling blocks to doing business in Decatur. Armed with a can-do attitude and the flexibility to try new ideas to make things work, we’re sure that you find our process is faster and more efficient than most other communities.

Home Rehabilitation Grant Program

The City of Decatur is offering an owner-occupied grant program to help homeowners rehabilitate their homes. The rehabilitation program is a targeted lottery system. Homeowners must complete a pre-application, the home must be located within a targeted neighborhood, and be drawn from the lottery before being approved. opens in a new windowLearn more here

Eligible home improvements include, but are not limited to:

  • Roofs, porches, and exterior stairs/steps
  • Foundation and structural improvements
  • Accessibility improvements for occupants with disabilities
  • Repair/replacement of mechanical systems
  • Lead remediation
  • Exterior painting, trim and/or fascia
  • Tuck point, masonry
  • Driveways and retaining walls

Landlord Rehab Loan Program

The Landlord Home Improvement Loan Fund will provide access to capital for landlords, which in many cases, cannot get a traditional loan for improvements due to the value of the home (asset) being less than the loan amount needed for rehabilitation. Landlords may submit up to two properties for rehabilitation during this program. opens in a new windowLearn more here