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Reinvesting in Historic Homes Update Program (ReHHUP)

Who is Eligible?

Any owner-occupied or rental home within the city limits area is eligible to apply for the grant. 

What Work is Eligible?

The program covers only street view exterior work that enhances the overall appearance and historic character of the neighborhood. Generally, any work that is visible from the street can be covered by ReHUPP.

Specifically, the program will cover:

  • Exterior Painting

  • Significant landscaping improvement that enhances the house's street presence.

  • Noticeably enhanced exterior lighting

  • Modifications to front entry systems, windows, and doors

  • New or restored facade elements - Cornices, corbels, soffits, etc. 

  • Routine repair

  • Street visible roof improvements, replacement

  • Decorative fencing historic to the property

ReHHUP is a volunteer-led, nonprofit organization that provides residents of target neighborhoods with grants, loans, and other assistance to encourage them to maintain the character and community of Mount Vernon's historic districts for everyone.

We have opened up the program to cover any home within the city limits of Mount Vernon.

We are also searching for researchers and writers. These researchers and writers can help us put together a guide to historic home restoration for property owners in Mount Vernon. If you would like to participate as an applicant or volunteer in any of these projects, our contact information and relevant links are listed in the sidebar.

Other work specific details:

  • Work must be completed within 24 months of application approval

  • Work can be completed by homeowners but must be bid by a licensed contractor

  • Work must be in compliance with City codes and building permit processes

How does the Financing Work?

The award will be a one-time grant of $5000 for owner occupied or $2500 for rental properties if the project is $10,000 or more.


Financing Specifics:

  • Payment will be awarded upon contractor beginning work.

  • If homeowner is doing the project payment will be made upon purchase of materials.


How do I Apply?

Rolling applications are evaluated on a first-come first-served basis. To begin the application process download the application and email to A ReHHUP representative will be in contact about the next steps.

Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Current state of the property

  • Proposed changes addition to neighborhood character & charm

  • Ability of the applicant to complete the project 


Will the Landmarks Foundation help me with my project?

YES! If you are having difficulty finding contractors to bid your project or have other questions about how to complete the project, please contact us. The Knox County Landmarks Foundation may also be able to help you add your home to the National Historic Register or conduct research on the home.

For questions and/or help with the application process please contact:

Russ McGibney



Phone: 740-504-6265


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Please send inquiries to:

The ReHHUP Committee

6 West Lamartine

Mount Vernon, OH 43050

North Side Project Resources

Download Brochure

Download Terms & Conditions

Download Application

You may submit applications by email or mail paper copies to:
The ReHHUP Committee
6 West Lamartine
Mount Vernon, OH, 43050

Limited to Mount Vernon City Limits

Previously ReHHup grants had been limited to specific districts. We have now opened the program up to the entire city limits.

The historic housing stock in the city has declined at an appreciable rate in the past two decades. In 2000, 73% of homes in the North Main census block were built in 1939 or earlier. Similarly, 63.1% of the housing stock in the North Mulberry census block was built before 1939 in 2000, and only 37.7% were built before 1939 in 2017. This is unfortunate, because beyond their historic value, old homes are an important source of affordable housing stock.

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