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Mission Statement
To provide a wide range of programs and services meeting the needs of the City's low and moderate income residents.

Target Area

City of Bloomington, corporate limits, with an emphasis on West Bloomington neighborhoods. 

 

Programs and Services

  • Preservation of affordable housing through single-family housing rehabilitation;

  • Home accessibility improvements for the elderly and persons with a disability;

  • Creation of new affordable housing through partnerships;

  • Demolition and clearance of blighted structures;

  • Infrastructure and public facility improvements; and

  • Support to local not-for-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations such as the homeless, those at risk of becoming homeless and seniors.

 

Program Description

The Office of Grants Administration manages more than $2 million in federal, state, local and private sources to revitalize neighborhoods, encourage economic and community development, provide improved community facilities, and support organizations serving vulnerable populations.  

 

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The City of Bloomington has received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for more than 40 years.  CDBG’s main purpose is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities to low- and moderate-income residents. 

The 2019-2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is $542,951.  The 2019 Annual Action Plan supports housing rehabilitation, demolition and clearance, public facility improvements, public service activities, and program planning and administration.  

During the spring and summer of 2019, staff conducted an extensive outreach and public engagement process for the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, a joint effort with the Town of Normal  and McLean County Regional Planning Commission.  Data collected from citizen and stakeholder surveys, focus groups and public meetings will guide the City in planning the next five years of CDBG programming.

Continuum of Care (COC)

The City of Bloomington receives more than $300,000 each year from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Continuum of Care (COC) program. Through partnerships with Providing Access to Help (PATH) and other service providers, the City supports efforts to prevent homelessness throughout the region.

 

Illinois Housing Development Authority

Single Family Rehabilitation (SFR)

The City has received funding from the Illinois Housing Development Authority's  (IHDA) Single Family Rehabilitation (SFR) program to support single-family housing rehabilitation efforts for several years.  The SFR program can provide up to $45,000 in rehabilitation assistance through a five-year forgivable mortgage.  The City assists 8-10 income-eligible homeowners during each two-year SFR grant cycle.  Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Home Accessibility Program (HAP)

The City was awarded $100,000 through the Illinois Housing Development Authority's Home Accessibility Program (HAP) for the first time in 2019.  HAP is unique from the City's other housing programs in that it is limited to seniors and/or persons with a disability that meet the program's income guidelines.  Assistance is available for both owner-occupied and rental single-family dwellings and limited to $25,000 per unit.  IHDA offers assistance through a five-year forgivable mortgage.  Applicants are accepted via referral from program partners only.

Abandoned Property Program

The City participates in the Illinois Housing Development Authority's Abandoned Property Program (APP).  APP provides financial relief to the City's general fund by assisting with expenses related to the maintenance and demolition of vacant/abandoned properties.  Eligible activities include mowing, tree trimming and removal, pest prevention, debris removal, securing, demolition and rehabilitation.  

 

John M. Scott Health Care Trust

The Office of Grants Administration serves as an administrative resource to the John M. Scott Health Care Trust, John M. Scott Health Care Commission and the Trustees (City Council). Supported by the John M. Scott Health Care Trust, the John M. Scott Grants Program provides more than $450,000 in grant funds to support health and wellness initiatives to local organizations serving McLean County residents.  

 

For questions related to the above programs, please contact Jennifer Toney at jtoney@cityblm.org or 309-434-2342.

 

For questions or concerns related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Chris McAllister, at 309-434-2447.

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