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$161,000 grant going to Alton for cleanup of abandoned properties

The Illinois Housing Development Authority has awarded the city of Alton a $161,000 grant as part of it Strong Communities Program addressing revitalization efforts, state Sen. Rachelle Crowe, D-Glen Carbon, said.

Created in August 2020, SCP provides grants of up to $250,000 to local government agencies to return vacant residential properties to productive and taxable use. To support neighboring residencies from harmful effects of blighted properties, grants can also be used to reimburse municipalities for acquisition, rehabilitation, landscaping maintenance and demolition if necessary.

Alton is one of 68 local governments and land bank authorities to receive funding through SCP.

“By providing local governments with assistance to restore abandoned lots and damaged properties, the Strong Communities Program supports leaders in strategically revitalizing their communities,” Crowe (shown) said. “The program makes smart investments in communities while our state responds to the fiscal challenges of the pandemic.”

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