Housing Programs

City of Berea

Berea's Neighborhood Improvement Housing Program enables eligible low to moderate income homeowners in Berea to make basic repairs and improvements on their home. In order to receive funding, the potential project must address one of the following:

1) A problem constituting a violation of the City's exterior maintenance ordinance.
2) A problem or situation that is considered detrimental or one that poses a threat to life and/or health safety of the occupant (s) and requires immediate action. Please keep in mind that emergency projects are first priority.

The City of Berea is seeking proposals from qualified Architects or Contractors for the purpose of developing a Design Guide to be used as a resource to potential homebuyers and current homeowners through the Housing Office. The intent of this Request for Proposals is to retain experienced Architects or Contractors to develop multiple design options for remodeling and/or additions to existing Berea homes. The respondent selected will need to create multiple designs which will be complied into one design guide for distribution to existing and potential residents. The objective is to encourage potential homebuyers and current homeowners to remain in their existing homes. Additionally, the City desires the selected respondent to incorporate stylistic features in the remodel/additions that create an attractive, cohesive appearance to the outside of the house.

For questions regarding the Neighborhood Improvement Housing Program, please contact Dik Malott at 440-826-0801 or dmalott@cityofberea.org



Design Guide

Cuyahoga County Programs

Housing Enhancement Loan Program (HELP)
The Home Enhancement Loan Program allows homeowners in all of Cuyahoga County communities except Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls Township, and Hunting Valley to borrow money for repairing or remodeling homes at three percentage points below a bank’s market rate for home improvement loans. HELP has no restrictions on a borrower’s income and few limitations on what improvements can be made to a property. Both owner occupied and investment properties are eligible. Applications are available at any bank branch of these participating banks: Huntington Bank and KeyBank. For additional information, please call 216-348-4066 or Dik Malott at (440) 826-0801. 

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
The Ohio Department of Development offers several programs to help low-income Ohioans pay their utility bills and improve the energy efficiency of their homes. This application may be used for any/all of the following programs: Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Winter Crisis Program (WCP), Summer Crisis Program (SCP), Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP), and/or the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

WCP and SCP applicants should call the Council for Economic Opportunity in Greater Cleveland's 24 Hour Energy Assistance Appointment Line at (216) 518-4014. The TTY number for the hearing impaired in 711.

The HEAP program beings July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017. The one-time benefit is typically credited in January depending on when the application was received. Please note that your mailed-in HEAP application will take 12 to 16 weeks to process. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a notification letter informing you whether or not you are eligible for bill paying assistance.

The Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) conducts HEAP outreach to residents 60+ and adults with disabilities  18+. Call the HEAP office at (216) 420-6700 for individual assistance.

11 Berea Commons
Berea, Ohio 44017

Office Hours:

8:30 am – 4 pm   


Kathy Palmer
Mayors Office

Program Coordinators:

Megan Pochatek
Special Events Coordinator & Berean Newsletter Design Editor

Active Senior Network:

Michelle Skutt
Program Coordinator
451 Front St.
Berea, Ohio 44017

Berea Community Outreach:

Daune Jaynes
535 Wyleswood Dr.
Berea, Ohio 44017


Dik Malott
535 Wyleswood Dr.
Berea, Ohio 44017

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