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Since the beginning of the City's involvement as an entitlement community in the CDBG and HOME programs, assisting lower income residents make necessary repairs to their homes was a priority. The City offers Safety First, a program through Joseph Corporation which focuses on emergency home repairs with small grants up to $4999.00. The City also offers HIIP for single family homes located in the NRSA neighborhood with home improvement grants up to $2000.00
Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity has received funds to acquire lots for new construction. These homes are built through volunteer efforts including the future homeowners contribution of volunteer time. The homes can be customized to accommodate special needs.
The City of Aurora partners with IHDA and the Joseph Corporation to offer DownPayment 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 (RTA) 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. Following are 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: www.chadhousing.org.
Additional Benefits for Senior and/or 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 an drive approaches.
Funds have been used to purchase and/or install playground equipment in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. More information can be seen at Street Maintenance home page.
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. Excellent examples to go see include Two Rivers Head Start Family Center at the corner of Jackson and East Benton, Rachel's Place Adult Day Care Center (located in the former chapel area behind Fox River Pavilion on East New York Street), and check out the addition to Marie Wilkinson Child Development Center at 1144 East Galena.