Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) recently announced the recipients for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Public Infrastructure and Housing Rehabilitation.
A total of $56.9 million will be awarded for 54 projects, which 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.
“Since day one as Governor, it has been my priority to ensure that every family, individual, and child in Illinois has access to safe and healthy water, housing, and infrastructure,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “That’s what my administration’s Rebuild Illinois capital plan is all about and now, in further partnership with the federal government, over 50 projects across Illinois will receive grants to support projects that will better our communities for years to come.”
“Communities in every corner of the state should have access to resources to keep Illinois families safe and healthy with a proper roof over their heads,” said DCEO Director Kristin Richards. “The Community Development Block Grants will provide critical assistance to rehabilitate dozens of homes and improve infrastructure in the areas that need it the most without placing the sole burden of funding costly projects on local entities.”
“Every Illinoisan deserves access to safe drinking water sources, proper sanitary management, and stable housing,” said U.S. Senator Durbin. “With this substantial federal Community Development Block Grant, we are one step closer to delivering on that promise.”
“Illinoisans deserve access to clean drinking water, no matter their zip code,” said U.S. Senator Duckworth. “This federal support is critical to help Illinoisans have the access to safe, sanitary and accessible housing all throughout our state to keep themselves and their families healthy, and I’ll keep advocating to help ensure all Illinoisans can access 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 $48.5 million for 41 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 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with the majority of funds benefitting smaller communities and rural areas. Local governments are receiving grants between $425,000 and $1.5 million with an average grant size of $1 million. 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 over $55.1 million. A list of recipients can be found below:
“Clean water is essential to our daily life, but maintaining these complicated systems is not easy or cheap,” said State Sen. Mike Halpin (D-Rock Island). “I couldn’t be happier for Galesburg and Macomb for being awarded a combined $3 million for water and sewer infrastructure.”
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Housing Rehabilitation
DCEO is awarding $8.4 million in assistance for 13 communities to invest in 135 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. Awards for local governments range from $637,000 to $650,000, with up to $60,000 available for each home. A list of recipients can be found below:
“I hear from our rural communities all the time about how challenging it is to maintain water infrastructure,” said State Rep. Nick Smith (D-Chicago). “That’s exactly why these grants are so critical to helping communities succeed. In a community like St. Anne, $700,000 goes a long way towards improving peoples’ lives.”
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.