Q: What work is eligible for the Sewer Backup Prevention Grant Program?
A: Eligible work includes installing an overhead sewer system or a backflow prevention system. Illustrations in the application packet show how a typical house is connected to a sewer by a gravity system, and how overhead sewers and backflow prevention systems are installed to alleviate sewer backups.
Q: Who is eligible to apply for the Sewer Backup Prevention Grant Program?
A: This program is open to owner-occupied single-family homes that are susceptible to sewer backup by way of a gravity sewer line. Single-family is defined as both traditional single-family homes as well as multi-family residences of 1-4 units where the owner occupies at least one unit.
Q: I installed an overhead sewer system after the flooding in 2010. Can I apply for a grant for that work?
A: Yes. Any eligible work that received permits after January 1, 2010 is eligible. You will have to provide information regarding the permits and proof of payment.
Q: Will the grant reimburse me for replacing the carpet and walls in my basement after it flooded?
A: No. Only work to prevent future backups into basements is eligible. Restoration of finishes and replacement of property are not eligible.
Q: Must applicants meet specific income limits?
A: No. Applications will be accepted from anyone who meets the program guidelines, regardless of income.
Q: Does the work need to be completed before I submit my application?
A: No. You do not need to complete the work before submitting an application. However, you do need to have a licensed plumber determine the scope of work before submitting your application. You should submit your application after you have determined what work will be performed.
Q: Will a preference be given to applicants that have completed the work?
A: No. Applicants with completed work will not receive preferential treatment.
Q: How do I apply?
A: Directions for applying are detailed in the application packet. Complete all application materials and submit them to the Housing and CDBG Programs Division, along with all required supporting documents.
Q: Can I e-mail or fax my application?
A: Yes. Forms may be mailed, hand-delivered, e-mailed or faxed to the Village of Oak Park, Attention Housing and CDBG Programs Division, 123 Madison, Oak Park, IL 60302. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the fax number is 708.358.5114.
Q: In what order will you process applications?
A: Completed applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.
Q: We completed our project in 2010 but we did not get a building permit? Are we still eligible?
A: Yes, you are eligible to apply. However, your application will not be processed until you have obtained all required permits, paid all applicable fees and fines and passed final inspection.
Q: We had a permit for our project but I don’t remember getting a final inspection. What impact will this have?
A: The Village can determine if a final inspection occurred. If a final inspection was not conducted, you will be required to obtain one before receiving a grant.
Q: Will permit fees necessary for the work be waived?
A: No. All applicable permit fees are the responsibility of the property owner.
Q: Do I have to disconnect my downspouts to be eligible?
A: You must either disconnect your downspouts or obtain a waiver for downspouts that are not disconnected. Waivers will be issued only to those properties where disconnecting the downspout would negatively affect a neighboring property or create a hazardous condition. The Village will review requests for waivers and make a final determination.
Q: Who can I contact for more information?
A: Contact the Housing and CDBG Programs Division via e-mail to email@example.com or call 708.358.5410.