SPRINGFIELD – Seven southern Illinois communities are among 13 across the state receiving a 2020 Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Carterville, Sesser, West Frankfort and Orient will get $500,000. Herrin, Marion and Valier will get $542,000.
Through the program, DCEO will award $6.8 million in assistance for communities to invest in over 135 housing improvement projects.
These grants are designed to assist low-to-moderate income homeowners with improvements to ensure safe and sanitary living conditions. Eligible uses of funds range from structural work to electrical, plumbing, new appliances, flooring, ADA and accessibility accommodations and more. Homeowners work through the local unit of governments to apply for the grant. Up to $50,000 may be spent on each home.