1. DCEO
  2. Community Services
  3. Urban Assistance

Urban Assistance

The mission of the Office of Urban Assistance (OUA) is to create and implement policies designed to address the pressing economic needs of residents, businesses and stakeholders in the State’s urban areas.  The OUA administers the Urban Weatherization Initiative, Employment Opportunities Grant Program, Illinois Fresh Food Fund and other programs that are designed to engage and create jobs in the urban communities across the State of Illinois.

Urban communities often face unique challenges and opportunities.  This section lays out some programs that are intended to help increase access to fresh foods; as well as help with job training for the building trades and in the field of weatherization.  
In addition to these programs, the office will be responsible for: 
  • Incentivizing new industrial enterprises to locate in urban areas of Illinois, thereby stimulating local economies and creating jobs; Gathering and providing information on revitalization efforts of urban areas to public and private entities; and
  • Recommending and formulating policies that result in the reconstruction of urban economies. 
For additional information, please contact:
Office of Urban Assistance