Funded by the City of Aurora’s Community Development Block Grant, the Safety First Program, through The Neighbor Project, assist income-eligible homeowners who meet certain Program conditions make health and safety repairs or improvements to their primary residence by providing assistance in the form of a Forgivable Loan and/or Deferred Loan. For more information, please view this link The Neighbor Project.
Down Payment Assistance
Funded by the City of Aurora’s Community Development Block Grant, this program offers up to $3,000 or up to $5,000 in homebuyer assistance. For more information, please view this link to Choose Aurora Application and Program Guidelines.
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.