- Expand the supply of decent and affordable housing, particularly rental housing, for low- and very low-income persons.
- Strengthen the abilities of state and local governments to design and implement strategies for achieving adequate supplies of decent, affordable housing.
- Provide both financial and technical assistance to HOME recipients, including the development of model programs for affordable low-income housing.
- Expand and strengthen partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and non-profit organizations, in the production and operation of affordable housing.
Grants Management Division
The Grants Management Division administers Federal funding from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing, community development, and social service programs intended to improve the quality of life and increase the number of affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Urbana residents. The City also receives and administers funding from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and Illinois Department of Human Services (IL DHS).
The largest funding sources for Division programs include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) program:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program was established by the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Act). Administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Act combined eight categorical programs into a single block grant program. Through this program, funds are available to help the City of Urbana meet their greatest economic and community development needs, with an emphasis upon helping persons of extremely low- to low-income. In order to ensure that the program meets the intent of the Federal Housing and Community Development act of 1974, as amended and re-authorized by the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, Congress has required that entitlement programs meet at least one of the following three national objectives:
Benefit low- and moderate-income persons
Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight
Meet other community development needs that pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community
The HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program is a federal entitlement grant program authorized by Title II of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended. The program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities, counties, approved consortia, and states. Local governments receiving HOME funds are called “Participating Jurisdictions” or "PJs". The amount of HOME funds annually available to participating jurisdictions is determined by Congress through passage of the annual federal budget. HUD is also responsible for management and oversight of the HOME Program. Each PJ is responsible for deciding how HOME funds will be used in its jurisdiction and for daily administration of HOME funds. The HOME Program is intended to increase affordable housing opportunities, particularly for low-income persons. Specific purposes of the HOME Program are:
The Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 (herein called “the Act”), as amended, makes provisions whereby units of local government may enter into cooperation agreements and form a Consortium to undertake or assist in undertaking affordable housing pursuant to the HOME Investment Partnership Program. In 1994, Champaign, Urbana, and Champaign County pursued designation of a HOME Consortium, for purposes of receiving HOME funds directly from HUD. In early 1995 HUD officially certified the Urbana HOME Consortium, at which time the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, and Champaign County entered into an intergovernmental agreement, establishing the City of Urbana as the Lead Entity. The Consortium includes the following jurisdictions:
- Unincorporated Champaign County (represented by the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission)
- City of Champaign
- City of Urbana
The Grants Management Division works closely with neighborhood organizations, social services agencies, and citizens, in accordance with a Citizen Participation Plan adopted by City Council in 1995, to develop the City's five-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans to ensure that plans and budgets meet current needs. The Grants Management Division staffs the Community Development Commission, a citizens’ advisory group appointed by the Mayor with consent of City Council that assists in establishing guidelines for the activities of the Grants Management Division and makes recommendations to City Council regarding Division programs.
Other Grant Programs administered by the Division from the State include the Emergency Solutions Grant Program, the Blight Reduction Program, and the Abandoned Property Program:
Emergency Solutions Grant Program
The Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) provides federally funded grants to not-for-profit agencies and units of local government to (1) assist in rapidly re-housing homeless individuals and families, (2) prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless, (3)rehabilitate or convert emergency shelters, and (4) fund operational and/or essential service expenditures for the homeless.
Blight Reduction Program
Created in 2014 by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) under the Hardest Hit Fund Program through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), this resource is dedicated to foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization. BRP aims to decrease preventable foreclosures and stabilize neighborhoods, support partnerships between Illinois units of local government and their Not-For-Profit Partners, and provide funding to target blighted, vacant, residential properties in specific communities for demolition, greening, and eventual reuse, repurpose and/or redevelopment.
Abandoned Property Program
The Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund (Abandoned Property Program) was created in 2010 with the passage of the Save Our Neighborhoods Act. The purpose of the Program is to use funding in the Abandoned Residential Municipality Relief Fund to make grants to municipalities and counties to assist with costs incurred by the that municipality or county for the securing, maintenance, and demolition of abandoned residential property in the jurisdiction.