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Spring Valley receives $500,000 grant for housing rehab

It's for low- to moderate-income, owner-occupied homes

SPRINGFIELD — The City of Spring Valley will receive a $500,000 state grant for housing rehabilitation, according to a Tuesday announcement. Thirteen cities and villages in Illinois received the grant, including Coal City, Neponset and several municipalities in southern Illinois.

“It’s supposed to go to houses that need work in a specific area,” said Mayor Walt Marini.

North Central Illinois Council of Governments helped the city identify that it could qualify for the grant, and NCICG’s Austin Taylor took care of the application process for the city.

The funds are not to help landlords or renters fix up a home. The project specifically can help low- to moderate-income owners who reside in single-family homes, said Kevin Lindeman, executive director of NCICG.

“It’s mostly to bring substandard homes back to livable conditions,” Lindeman said.

That may mean replacing a leaky roof or leaky pipes and plumbing, making electrical service safer, repairing heating, ventilation or air conditioning systems, siding or floors, Lindeman said.

NCICG will be the administrator for the grant. A committee will make decisions on projects, Lindeman said.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity said the Office said the Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation is designed to assist low- to moderate-income homeowners needing safe and sanitary living conditions.~~

“By rehabilitating residential properties we are not only ensuring our residents can stay in their family home but also stabilizing neighborhoods and spurring economic development,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said, according to a press release.

Lindeman said NCICG estimates 10 homeowners will benefit from the program, but more than that may receive help if some of them need less than $45,000 or if Tri-County Opportunities Council can partner with NCICG and make the money go father.

The funds to the state come to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. State-administered funds are available for communities who do not receive their own CDBG funding from HUD.

Communities can learn to apply next year, too

Communities interested in applying for 2020 program year funding may attend DCEO’s Office of Community Development CDBG Application and Administrator’s Workshop.~

The Workshop is scheduled for Feb. 25-27 in Springfield.~For more information, call (217) 785-6174 or e-mail [ mailto:ceo.cdbg@illinois.gov ]ceo.cdbg@illinois.gov.

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