Since the beginning of the City's involvement as an entitlement community in the CDBG and HOME programs, a priority has been to assist lower income residents make necessary repairs to their homes. The City offers the Safety First Program through Joseph Corporation, which helps fund emergency home repairs through a zero percent, deferred loan to assist income-eligible homeowners with up to $4999. The City also offers the Home Improvement Incentive Program (HIIP) which offers single family homeowners a rebate of up to $2,000 to make home improvements visible from the street.
Home Ownership Opportunities
Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity has received funds to acquire lots for new construction. These homes are built through volunteer efforts including the future homeowner's contribution of volunteer time. The homes can be customized for special needs.
Down Payment Assistance
The City of Aurora partners with IHDA and the Joseph Corporation to offer Down Payment Assistance grants. Through these grants, we have been able to help individuals secure financing where they might not have otherwise been able to.
Energy Efficiency - Going Green! The City of Aurora received $1,574,100 in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds (EECBG) funds, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Funds were allocated toward programs to support Aurora residents and businesses; projects to support reduction in municipal energy usage; and projects supporting leadership in renewable energy technology. Additionally, the City partnered with Rebuilding Together Aurora to provide free professionally installed insulation to 46 homes in 2011-2012. This program funded up to $2,000 in essential weatherization repairs including insulation, roof repairs, and repair / replacement of heating and cooling systems. Program priority was given to low to moderate income seniors and those who are disabled in the City of Aurora.
Redeveloping Foreclosed Properties
The City of Aurora received $3,083,568, through the federal Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties, reducing incidents of abandonment and blight within our community. View information about just a few of the homes we have been able to save.
The Community Housing Advocacy and Development (CHAD) has partnered with the City by purchasing and rehabbing homes to be rented to households whose income does not exceed 50% of the Area Median. Please visit their website for more information.
Additional Benefits for Seniors & Disabled Residents
Special assistance programs for seniors and/or persons with disabilities were implemented several years ago. These include: grants up to $2,000 per qualifying household to add security features to their homes, such as installing smoke detectors, deadbolt locks, or security lighting; and grants to cover their cost of replacing deteriorated parkway sidewalks, curbs and drive approaches.
Funds have been used to purchase and/or install playground equipment in low - to moderate-income neighborhoods.
Public Service Agency Support
Support for public service agencies is done in two ways: financial assistance for program delivery or financial assistance for capital improvements. Each year approximately $200,000 is available for various public service programs from tutorial programs to emergency assistance for seniors.
Sometimes agencies find themselves outgrowing their facilities or needing repairs to their facilities in order to maintain quality service. CDBG funds have been able to support these activities over the many years. For some, CDBG dollars made the difference between being able to open their doors or not.