FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT CENTER
The City is also offering free of cost, access to the Aurora Financial Empowerment Center (FEC). At the FEC, professionally trained FEC counselors help individuals and families with low and moderate incomes manage their finances, pay down debt, increase savings, establish and build credit, and access safe and affordable mainstream banking products. At the core of the FEC model is the integration of counseling into other social services, such as housing and foreclosure prevention, workforce development, prisoner reentry, benefits access, domestic violence services, and more. The Aurora FEC offer services remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic to help residents navigate the financial impact of this crisis. Appointments with FEC counselors can be made by visiting www.CityofAuroraFEC.org or by calling 630-256-4552.
To give policy guidance, plan, fund, and coordinate economic development, infrastructure and human services programs and projects that improve City neighborhoods, facilitate affordable housing development, and assist Aurora residents who live at or below 80% of the Area Median Family Income ($74,550 for a four person household in 2021).
The City receives funds annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address community development and housing needs. A five-year Consolidated Plan establishes priorities and each year an Annual Action Plan sets out action items and associated funding for the program year (January 1 - December 31).
How We Help
Community Development is the lead agency responsible for carrying out activities to meet the City’s long-standing housing and community development priorities related to the goals and objectives defined in its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, which address physical, economic, demographic, and social conditions throughout the City.
Through an annual, competitive application process, the City identifies partners to help achieve identified goals and objectives.
2021 Partner agencies include:
- Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry
- Fox Valley Park District
- Mutual Ground
- Prairie State Legal Services
- Public Action to Deliver Shelter, Inc. (DBA Hesed House)
- Quad County Urban League
- Rebuilding Together Aurora
- Seize the Future (DBA Invest Aurora)
- Senior Services Associates, Inc.
- Simply Destinee
- The Neighbor Project