Nov. 27, 2018 - When it comes to building a stronger community, funds from federal housing and development grants have a big impact in Oak Park.
Each year the Village receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.
The federally funded, but locally administered programs are specifically earmarked to help support and nurture a wide range of programs and services for individuals and families that HUD defines as low and moderate income.
A share of the funds also go for public infrastructure improvements for persons with disabilities and in areas of the Village that meet income-eligibility requirements based on census data.
From direct hunger relief and domestic violence services to emergency shelter for homeless and ADA-compliant crosswalks, federal funds are allocated locally to activities that have a direct impact in the community.
For-profit and certified not-for-profit agencies apply for CDBG grants through the Village each year. Only providers of services that are related to homelessness or homelessness assistance are eligible to apply for Emergency Solutions Grants.
A rigorous application process managed by professional Village staff and the Community Development Citizens Advisory Commission determines how the money is allocated.
Staff and commission volunteers review all grant applications and make recommendations to the Village Board, which makes the final decisions on funding allocations.
For Program Year 2018, which began in October, Oak Park received more than $1.8 million in federal CDBG and ESG funding. Funds were allocated locally to 15 Oak Park organizations that serve persons of low and moderate income and to bring sidewalks into compliance with standards outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. A share of the grants also funded alley improvements in census-defined areas of the community.
In addition, the federal grant money helps fund the Village’s housing programs for lead hazard reduction and loans for small rental and single-family rehabilitation loans earmarked for residents whose incomes meet HUD guidelines.
Applications for the 2019 Program Year will be available Jan. 31 and be due in March when the assessment process begins. Allocations typically are announced in October.
For more information, visit www.oak-park.us/cdbg, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708.358.5410.
Program Year 2018 Grant Recipients