The City of St. Charles receives an annual grand from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). As an "entitlement city", St. Charles is assured of receiving funding.
The amount is determined by the weight of population, economic distress, and age of housing. All funds must be used to meet specific national objectives, which are:
1. To benefit low and moderate income households
2. To remove slum and blight
3. To meet an urgent community need
Grant guidelines also list eligible activities. Some activities may be eligible but cannot be funded because they do not meet one of the national objectives.
A major ongoing activity that is included in the CDBG budget each year is the Home Improvement Loan Program. Public Works projects in low income neighborhoods have also been funded including upgrading streets, sidewalks, stormwater facilities, and sanitary sewer facilities.
A Code Enforcement Officer is assigned to the CDBG eligible neighborhoods to assist with the Home Improvement Loan Program and other activities.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides communities with resources to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services, principally to benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
Several boards and commissions are supported by staff members from the Community Development Block Grant Division. These Include:
Home Improvement Loan Program
The City of St. Charles' Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP) provides low or no interest loans to eligible residents to make repairs and improvements to owner-occupied property.
With this program you can receive grant funds to assist with some or all of the costs to make accessible home modifications such as: wheel chair ramps, stair lifts, grab bars, and other minor home repairs.
Other Non-City Public Services Funded by CDBG
The City of St. Charles has contracted with other local agencies to administer a variety of public services for low- to moderate-income city residents. For more information on these services, please contact these agencies directly.