In cases of undue economic hardship, the Tree Commission may reduce the required tree plantings needed for permit issuance.
- 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.
- Currently receives assistance through the mayor’s revolving loan fund, rental rehabilitation program, or another program that is income-indexed and which provides for physical improvements to the subject property; or
- 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 Tree Commission Application with the Economic Hardship Affidavit. The affidavit requires affirmation by a notary public to certify the applicant meets the above criteria with the submitted information.