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 received funds to acquire lots for new home construction, which could be customized for special needs. These homes were built with volunteer efforts, including volunteer time invested by the future homeowner.
Down Payment Assistance
The City of Aurora offers programs to help borrowers purchase homes in the City.
Energy Efficiency - Going Green! The City of Aurora received $1,574,100 in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Funds were allocated toward programs to support Aurora residents and businesses for projects to support reduction in municipal energy usage and projects to support 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 to reduce incidents of abandonment and blight within our community. View information about just a few of the homes we saved.
The Community Housing Advocacy and Development (CHAD) partnered with the City to purchase and rehab homes so they could be rented to households whose income did not exceed 50% of the Chicago Area Median Family Income. 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. Programs 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 were used to purchase and/or install playground equipment in low to moderate-income neighborhoods.
Public Service Agency Support
Support for public service agencies is provided 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 outgrow their facilities or need to repair their facilities in order to maintain quality service delivery. CDBG funds have supported these activities. For some, CDBG dollars determined whether or not they could keep their doors open.