Several southern IL towns recipients of Community Development Block Grants

(KBSI) – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced the recipients for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Public Infrastructure and Housing Rehabilitation.

A total of $23.5 million will be awarded for 45 projects that will support housing rehabilitation projects and enable communities in non-metropolitan areas to make critical repairs to water, sewer, and drainage infrastructure to enhance safety and quality of life for residents.

“Our communities deserve up-to-date water facilities and safe, reliable homes – which is why as Governor I have made public infrastructure among my highest priorities,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “These grants will empower cities and towns across the state to improve the quality of life for their residents as we work to ensure every community in every corner of the state has access to the public works they deserve.”

The $23.5 million will help deliver critical water, sewer, housing rehabilitation and other infrastructure projects, which are often too expensive for smaller localities to shoulder on their own.

“This is a good step forward in the Federal Government’s work to update water infrastructure and support safe, sanitary and accessible housing for disadvantaged, small and rural communities,” said U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). “Working Illinoisans need and deserve federal resources to keep themselves and their families healthy, and as the author of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s clean water provisions, I’m proud to advocate for their access to quality housing and clean water.”

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Public Infrastructure:

Public infrastructure grants are designed to provide communities with funding to improve public infrastructure and eliminate conditions detrimental to public health, safety, and public welfare. As part of the annual CDBG program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, DCEO is awarding $15.5 million for 30 water infrastructure projects. These projects include construction of storm sewer pipes, waterline replacements, hydrant and water storage tank construction, and other critical projects that help mitigate flooding and support sewage management, water delivery and other public water necessities.

State-administered CDBG funds must be utilized in areas that do not receive their own funds directly from HUD, with the majority of funds benefitting smaller communities and rural areas. Local governments were able to request a maximum award of $550,000, with an average grant size for the 2021 program at $517,000. Preference was given to projects located in underserved areas, opportunity zones and those which proposed a non-state matching component to drive the maximum investment to the area. When matched with other local funds, the grants will generate repairs valued at nearly $21 million.

Recipients in southern Illinois are bolded include:

• Buffalo, $510,000
• Clay City, $550,000
• Coalton, $550,000
• Cypress, $391,550
• Dieterich $549,945
• East Cape Girardeau, $550,000
• Effingham, $550,000
• Flat Rock, $550,000
• Grayville, $550,000
• Jeffersonville, $408,740
• Mason City, $550,000
• Middletown, $550,000
• Mineral, $451,800
• Monmouth, $550,000
• Montrose, $550,000
• Mound City, $530,050
• Mt. Vernon, $550,000
• Neoga, $550,000
• Olmsted, $403,000
• Olney, $550,000
• Pana, $550,000
• Princeton, $406,910
• Sesser, $544,000
• Sparland, $424,000
• Sullivan, $550,000
• Sumner, $550,000
• Thebes, $457,400
• Tuscola, $550,000
• Virden, $530,625
• West Frankfort, $550,000 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Housing Rehabilitation
DCEO is awarding $8 million in assistance for 15 communities to invest in 154 housing improvement projects. Housing rehabilitation grants are designed to assist low-to-moderate income homeowners with improvements to ensure safe and sanitary living conditions. Eligible uses of funds include structural work, electrical, plumbing, new appliances, flooring, ADA, and accessibility accommodations, and more. Homeowners work through the local unit of government to apply for the grant, with up to $50,000 available for each home.

Recipients in southern Illinois are bolded include:

• Astoria, $550,000
• Christopher, $550,000
• Freeport, $550,000
• Hurst, $550,000
• Johnston City, $550,000
• Macomb, $550,000
• Marseilles, $550,000
• North City, $500,000
• Ottawa, $550,000
• Pittsburg, $500,000
• Quincy, $550,000
• Ridgway, $500,000
• Spring Valley, $550,000
• Streator, $550,000
• Zeigler, $500,000 

The CDBG project is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These state-administered funds are earmarked exclusively for non-metropolitan communities that do not receive CDBG entitlement funding from HUD. All funding will benefit communities with 51 percent or more low-to-moderate income residences, in accordance with CDBG program requirements.

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