SPRINGFIELD – Seven southern Illinois communities are among 13 across the state receiving a 2020 Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
Official said Carterville, Sesser, West Frankfort and Orient will receive $500,000 with Herrin, Marion and Valier to receive $542,000.
Through the program, DCEO will award $6.8 million in assistance for communities to invest in over 135 housing improvement projects.
The grants are designed to assist low-to-moderate income homeowners with improvements to ensure safe and sanitary living conditions. Eligible uses of funds range from structural work to electrical, plumbing, new appliances, flooring, ADA and accessibility accommodations and more.
Homeowners work through the local unit of governments to apply for the grant. Up to $50,000 may be spent on each home.