The Office of Community Development administers several programs that offer housing support including rental assistance, housing rehabilitation, housing rehabilitation assistance for occupancy by persons with disabilities, and Section 8 housing choice vouchers. Assistance is offered through a variety of programs which are listed below and must be accessed either through a participating community action agency, other not-for-profit organizations, or a unit of local government.
Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG): Through the CSBG program, community action agencies can offer rental assistance for income eligible families seeking housing. For the community action agency in your area, go to the IACAA link found below. To learn more about the CSBG program, go to the link found to the right.
Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG): Through the ESG program, not-for-profit organizations or units of local government can offer rental assistance to those seeking housing or temporary shelter for homeless individuals and/or families . For a list of ESG recipients in your area click the link found below. To learn more about the ESG program, go to the link found to the right.
Housing Rehabilitation Program: Through the Housing Rehabilitation program, low-to-moderate income communities can apply for grants to improve housing and rehabilitate and retrofit properties. A non-entitlement unit of local government can apply for a maximum of $350,000 in grant funds to improve the homes of its low-to-moderate income residents of owner occupied single family housing units. Grants help provide residents with safe and sanitary living conditions and help to stabilize low to moderate income neighborhoods and affordable housing in the community. To learn more about this program, go to the link found at right.
Mobility and Accessibility Rehabilitation Supplement (MARS): The MARS component helps provide safe and accessible housing for low-to-moderate income residents who have physical disabilities. Up to $100,000 can be requested by CDAP communities looking to rehabilitate and retrofit properties for occupancy by disabled persons. Applications are accepted on a first come – first serve basis as funding is available. More information can be found by following the link on the right.
Section 8: Very low-income individuals and households can apply for monthly rental assistance through HUD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, administered by DCEO. The Section 8 HCV program operates in approximately 25 Central and Southern Illinois counties. The Section 8 HCV program serves approximately 145 families. Follow the link on the right for more information.