The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has announced the recipients of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Housing. Fourteen projects across the state were approved for funding totaling $6 million in federal funds.

“Community development is essential for stable, safe and thriving neighborhoods,” said Governor Rauner. “The state is proud to assist these communities in their efforts to bring better living conditions to their low-income residents through residential improvement and rehabilitation projects.”

Low-to-moderate income communities can apply for the CDBG housing grants to improve housing and rehabilitate and retrofit properties. The objective of the state-administered funds is to provide safe, sanitary and affordable living conditions. The 2018 recipients are: City of Newton-$495,253; City of Carthage $402,480; Village of Colp-$361,530; City of Cuba-$368,550; City of Herrin-$500,000; City of Hillsboro-$370,000; City of Marshall-$496,548; City of Mount Olive-$450,000; City of Orient-$450,000; City of Salem-$363,244; Village of Vergennes-$500,000; City of West Frankfort-$450,000; County of Williamson-$368,550; and City of Ziegler-$450,000.

The CDBG program was established by the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Act). Administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), DCEO administers the State of Illinois CDBG – Small Cities Program. State-administered funds are available to assist Illinois communities to meet their greatest economic and community development needs, with an emphasis upon helping persons of low-to-moderate income. A maximum of $500,000 in grant funds or $45,000 per household is available to improve the homes of low-to-moderate income residents of owner occupied single family housing units.