Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Town of Normal, Illinois is committed to preserving its affordable housing stock and providing opportunities for homeowners to make critical repairs or modify their home to meet their mobility needs. To support these commitments, the Town offers the Emergency Repair and Home Modification programs to perform rehabilitation activities at single-family, owner-occupied housing units. These programs are funded through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The goals of the Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation program are to:
- Preserve the existing affordable housing stock.
- Create opportunities for low- to moderate-income homeowners to make emergency/critical repairs to their home under affordable terms.
- Free single-family properties of major maintenance work for a period of 5-10 years after rehabilitation work is completed.
- Make modifications to homes for the purpose of allowing elderly and/or disabled residents to successfully age-in-place.
- Create economic opportunities for local contractors.
Eligibility & HUD Income Guidelines
The Emergency Repair and Home Modification programs are available to owner-occupants of single-family homes that meet HUD's annual income guidelines. The property must be located within the corporate limits of the Town of Normal. Additional homeowner and property eligibility criteria may apply. Homeowners interested in the program can complete an Eligibility Screening Tool here.
Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Programs
Emergency/Critical Repair – Makes emergency and critical repairs that, if not corrected immediately, would cause further damage to the home or create a personal safety threat to occupants.
Home Modification – Makes modifications to homes to improve mobility and support aging in place. This program includes modifications beyond the accessibility ramp program.
Accessibility Ramp Assistance – Assists with construction of exterior accessibility ramps only. This program is a partnership with Cornbelt AMBUCS.
Types of Assistance
The maximum available assistance is $25,000 per household. Depending on the level of need, assistance is provided through either a grant, 5-year forgivable loan, or 10-year forgivable loan.
Homeowner Application Process
The Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation program application can be downloaded using the link below, in-person at the Town's Inspections Department, or by contacting the Community Development Specialist. Applications are not considered complete until all requested backup documentation has been submitted. A checklist for submitting a complete application can be found here.
Complete applications can be submitted:
Town's Inspection Department
1 Uptown Circle, 2nd Floor
Town of Normal
11 Uptown Circle
Normal, IL 61761
Attn: Community Development Specialist
Contractors interested in performing work under these programs must be registered with the Town of Normal Inspections Department and submit a complete CDBG Housing Rehab Contractor application packet to the Community Development Specialist.
For more information on this program or to receive assistance with the application process, please contact:
Community Development Specialist
firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-454-9766