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Posted on: July 21, 2022

Town of Normal launches Home Rehabilitation Programs

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The Town of Normal announced three new programs to assist qualified homeowners with home repairs to help them stay in their homes safely. 

Under the Town’s new Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Program, offerings include: 

  1. Emergency/Critical Repair – Makes emergency and critical repairs that, if not corrected immediately, would cause further damage to the home or create a personal safety threat to occupants.
  2. Home Modification – Makes modifications to homes to improve mobility and support aging in place. This program includes modifications beyond the accessibility ramp program. 
  3. Accessibility Ramp Assistance – Assists with construction of exterior accessibility ramps. This program is a partnership with Cornbelt AMBUCS.   

“The Town of Normal is committed to supporting affordable housing and offers several programs through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program,” explains Town of Normal City Manager Pamela Reece. “The Town is proud to offer these new programs to help residents meet their mobility needs or provide repairs and modifications so they can stay safely in their homes.”  

About the Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Program

The goals of the Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation program are to:

  • preserve the existing housing stock.
  • create opportunities for low-to-moderate income homeowners to make emergency/critical repairs to their home with grants or forgivable loans.
  • free single-family properties of major maintenance work for a period of five to 10 years after rehabilitation work is completed.
  • make modifications to homes for the purpose of allowing elderly residents and/or residents with a disability to successfully age in place. 

Eligibility and application

All Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Programs are limited to income-eligible households. Properties must be single-family, owner-occupied within the Town’s corporate limits. 

 Eligible households may receive up to $25,000 in assistance. Depending on level of need, assistance is provided through either:

  • a grant, 
  • a five-year forgivable loan, or 
  • a 10-year forgivable loan.  

 Visit the Town of Normal CDBG website to review current income and eligibility guidelines and  other program information. 

 To apply, complete the “Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Program Application” (downloadable PDF) and return it with requested documents to the Town’s Inspections Department.

 About Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The CDBG program was enacted into law as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The primary purpose of the CDBG program is to benefit low-to-moderate income residents by:

  • Providing decent, safe and sanitary housing;
  • Creating suitable living environments; and
  • Creating economic opportunities. 

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