Economic Hardship Application


In cases of undue economic hardship, HARC may allow the substitution of alternative construction materials for historic or traditional materials where the substitute materials are sufficiently similar to such historic or traditional materials so as not to detract from the original character of the historic district. For more information on this, please review City Code Section 102-186.  


  1. Currently receives fixed income benefits such as social security, aid to families with dependent children, or private pension benefits. The total household income is below 80% of the median income for the city. The rates can be accessed here. Only the owner-occupied rates apply, not the rental rates.
  2. Currently receives assistance through the mayor’s revolving loan fund, rental rehabilitation program, or other programs which is income-indexed and which provides for physical improvements to the subject property; or
  3. The applicant corporation currently has tax-exempt status as a nonprofit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Economic Hardship Affidavit

The applicant must submit a Building / HARC Application with the Economic Hardship Affidavit (PDF). The affidavit requires affirmation by a notary public to certify the applicant meets the above criteria with the submitted information.