Joliet - At Wednesday’s Monthly Board Meeting, Board Members approved the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Annual Action Plan, set to take effect Oct. 1, 2022, and run through Sept. 30, 2023.
Will County receives annual grant allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).
The overarching purpose of the CDBG, HOME and ESG programs is to assist low-income and moderate-income families and households, which are those that earn less than 80% of the area median income. The funds will be used to pursue three guiding principles: provide decent housing, create sustainable living environments and create economic opportunities.
“We are committed to helping families find homes in inclusive, resilient communities, with functioning infrastructure and a fiscally responsible plan for a more prosperous future,” said Will County Board Speaker Mimi Cowan.
As the lead entity, the Will County Community Development Division is responsible for establishing the Consolidated Plan as well as the on-going administration of the CDBG, HOME and ESG programs on behalf of Will County.
“We need to invest in the future of our residents, this requires continued and appropriate improvements,” said Will County Board Member Tyler Marcum, who Chairs the Land Use & Development Committee.
The Community Development Division utilizes a fair housing initiative called We WILL Build Equal Opportunity Housing & Communities, which prioritizes community development, education and outreach. Strong, sustainable and inclusive communities include diverse housing options, grounded in a safe environment and connected to a network of healthy food options, health care, education, jobs, transportation and open space. By focusing on housing, the mission is aligned with HUD, which seeks to utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life.
The County works closely with financial institutions, contractors, developers, businesses, non-profit agencies, volunteers, the local Continuum of Care and other governmental entities to effectively administer funding and carry out the goals of the Consolidated Plan. Success will be measured by accessibility, affordability and sustainability.