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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 27, 2002

Governor Announces Community Development Assistance Program Housing Rehabilitation Grants

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that 44 Illinois communities will share $16.5 million in Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) Housing Rehabilitation grant awards. The CDAP grants also are the first year of funding for Mobility and Accessibility Rehabilitation Supplement (MARS) grant awards that directly benefit households occupied by persons with disabilities.

“Local municipalities throughout Illinois will be able to rehabilitate or replace nearly 600 owner-occupied single family homes, many of them with disabled residents,” said Governor Ryan. “These funds are crucial in providing a safe, comfortable environment for hundreds of Illinois families who might not otherwise be able to afford such basic repairs to their homes.”

The CDAP grants are available to units of local government with populations of 50,000 or less not located in an entitlement city or county, for rehabilitation of substandard housing units occupied by low to moderate-income families. Grant funds will be used to correct building code violations of substandard housing. Typical rehabilitation work will include repairs to the mechanical and structural elements of the homes (foundation, heating, plumbing and electrical systems, etc.) as well as roofs, windows, doors and handicap accessibility needs.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA) administers the CDAP program which is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A total of 97 applications were received requesting more than $35.3 million in grants. A competitive application review was conducted and funding amounts were determined based on applications with the highest ratings.

“These grants are aimed at addressing basic quality of life issues that many of us take for granted,” said DCCA Director Pam McDonough. “Rehabbing individual homes goes a long way in strengthening the character of a neighborhood and restoring pride in a community.”

Peter R. Dwars, Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, said the state's affordable housing finance agency added $1.3 million in Trust Fund dollars to the cause. "IHDA is glad to partner again with DCCA in making homes of Illinois residents safer and more comfortable." Dwars said the IHDA contribution will help 297 low- and very low-income houses.

As an example, the City of Benld will receive $474,000 in CDAP and MARS grant funds to rehabilitate 22 owner occupied single family homes within a targeted area of the city. Approximately $100,000 of the grant funds will be used for handicap accessibility rehabilitation to 5 of the 22 homes.

Below is a list of the 44 CDAP grant recipients that will use the funds to rehabilitate single family homes.

2002-2003 CDAP Housing Rehabilitation Grantees

Grantee/County
Project Description
Amount Awarded
Village of Avon/
Rehabilitate 10 owner occupied homes
$ 295,500
Fulton
Village of Baldwin/
Rehabilitate 11 owner occupied homes
355,000
Randolph
Village of Beecher City/
Rehabilitate 16 owner occupied homes
317,000
Effingham
City of Benld/
Rehabilitate 22 owner occupied homes
474,000
Macoupin
City of Benton/
Rehabilitate 11 owner occupied homes
317,000
Franklin
Village of Bowen/
Rehabilitate 10 owner occupied homes
277,000
Hancock
Village of Brighton/
Rehabilitate 13 owner occupied homes
383,000
Macoupin
City of Brookport/
Rehabilitate 6, replace 2 owner occupied homes
364,500
Massac
Village of Buckner/
Rehabilitate 15 owner occupied homes
383,000
Franklin
City of Bunker Hill/
Rehabilitate 13 owner occupied homes
383,000
Macoupin
City of Carbondale/
Rehabilitate 18 owner occupied homes
443,500
Jackson
City of Carterville/
Rehabilitate 13 owner occupied homes
338,000
Williamson
Village of Cave-in-Rock/
Rehabilitate 10 owner occupied homes
302,000
Hardin
City of Charleston/
Rehabilitate 10 owner occupied homes
307,000
Coles
City of Christopher/
Rehabilitate 17 owner occupied homes
366,500
Franklin
Village of Cowden/
Rehabilitate 9 owner occupied homes
277,500
Shelby
City of Danville/
Rehabilitate 29 owner occupied homes
671,500
Vermillion
Village of Eddyville/
Rehabilitate 7 owner occupied homes
246,000
Pope
City of Eldorado/
Rehabilitate 14 owner occupied homes
323,000
Saline
Village of Elizabethtown/
Rehabilitate 9 owner occupied homes
291,000
Hardin
Village of Equality/
Rehabilitate 9 owner occupied homes
303,000
Gallatin
Franklin County/
Rehabilitate 10 owner occupied homes
383,000
Franklin
City of Girard/
Rehabilitate 13 owner occupied homes
383,000
Macoupin
City of Hoopeston/
Rehabilitate 14 owner occupied homes
373,000
Vermillion
City of Johnston City/
Rehabilitate 13 owner occupied homes
356,500
Williamson
City of Litchfield/
Rehabilitate 19 owner occupied homes
474,000
Montgomery
Mound City/
Rehabilitate 9, replace 1 owner occupied home
371,500
Pulaski
City of Mounds/
Rehabilitate 10, replace 1 owner occupied home
374,000
Pulaski
City of Mount Vernon
Rehabilitate 13 owner occupied homes
371,500
Jefferson
Village of Norris/
Rehabilitate 11 owner occupied homes
345,000
Fulton
Village of Olmsted/
Rehabilitate 11 owner occupied homes
313,500
Pulaski
City of Pana/
Rehabilitate 16 owner occupied homes
374,000
Christian
Village of Pulaski/
Rehabilitate 10 owner occupied homes
314,000
Pulaski
City of Quincy/
Rehabilitate 31 owner occupied homes
664,000
Adams
Village of Ramsey/
Rehabilitate 10 owner occupied homes
325,500
Fayette
Village of Royalton/
Rehabilitate 13 owner occupied homes
434,500
Franklin
City of Sparta/
Rehabilitate 11 owner occupied homes
373,000
Randolph
Village of Tamaroa/
Rehabilitate 11 owner occupied homes
370,000
Perry
Village of Thebes/
Rehabilitate 8, replace 1 owner occupied home
359,500
Pulaski
Village of Tilden/
Rehabilitate 12 owner occupied homes
383,000
Randolph
Village of Vermont/
Rehabilitate 13 owner occupied homes
318,500
Fulton
City of West Frankfort/
Rehabilitate 20 owner occupied homes
691,000
Franklin
Village of White Ash/
Rehabilitate 17 owner occupied homes
355,500
Williamson
Village of Willisville/
Rehabilitate 15 owner occupied homes
374,000
Perry
TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED $16,500,000


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