Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1180 general units of local government and States. Will County is an Entitlement Community and a recipient of CDBG funds annually.
CDBG National Objectives
Funds must be used to carry out activities that will meet one of the three broad National Objectives: benefit low and moderate-income persons; aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or meet other community development needs having a particular urgency.
Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME): HOME is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Each year it allocates approximately $2 billion among the States and hundreds of localities nationwide. Significant changes to the Program occured in 2013 and details of those changes can be found at 2013 Final HOME Rule.
Will County HOME Consortium
Will County was a Participating Jurisdiction and a recipient of HOME funds annually as was the City of Joliet until 2016 when a HOME Consortium was formed. The Village of Bolingbrook, a recipient of CDBG funding, was included in the Consortium making HOME eligible projects within the City limits of the Village eligible for funding. Projects funded with the City of Joliet HOME allocation will be administered by the City but the applications will be reviewed by the Consortium and should be submitted using the HOME Consortium application. HOME funded projects and programs assist the Federal Government’s commitment to providing decent, safe, and affordable housing for all Americans and to alleviating the problems of excessive rent burdens, homelessness, and deteriorating housing stock nationwide. HOME eligible projects include:
- building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership
- providing direct rental assistance and or downpayment assistance to low-income people
HOME requires that applicants match 25 cents of every dollar in program funds to mobilizes community resources in support of affordable housing.
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) -
ESG funds can be used to provide a wide range of services and supports under the five program components: Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter, Rapid Re-housing, Homelessness Prevention and HMIS. Specifically, ESG program provides funding to"
- engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;
- improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families;
- help operate these shelters;
- provide essential services to shelter residents,
- rapidly rehouse homeless individuals and families, and
- prevent families/individuals from becoming homeless.
For additional information, please review the ESG Program Guide and the ESG Fact Sheet
CDBG/HOME Application Cycle
The Will County grant cycle is October 1st to September 30th. When grant funds are awarded to the County for CDBG and HOME, Request for Proposals (RFP's) are made available for competition. Below is a general outline for the grant cycle.
March: RFP release
April: Technical Assistance workshop for applicants
May: RFP submittals due
June/July: Advisory Board meeting regarding submittals, Public Hearing, Board approval of staff recommendations for funding
August: Award announcements
October: Grant cycle begins