Are there federal guidelines for appliance allowance?
Date Published: May 2015
There are no specific guidelines or maximum amounts for the cost of appliances included in housing rehabilitation. The cost of appliances, as with all federal grant program costs, must meet the test of reasonableness. Most communities include specifications for allowable appliances in their housing rehabilitation standards. In addition to energy efficiency standards, such as requiring Energy Star compliance, the specifications often refer to an appliance model, or equivalent, that is appropriate and typical for similar housing in the area. For appliances in modest housing typically occupied by a low- and moderate-income household, this would mean that higher end appliances with additional features would exceed the reasonable cost for CDBG assistance. It may be useful for you to consult with other communities in your area for information on the appliance specifications and standards they have adopted for their housing rehabilitation programs.