The City of Saint Charles receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that have been provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through St. Charles Urban County as a participating jurisdiction.
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:
To benefit low and moderate income households
To remove slum and blight
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 principally benefits low and moderate- income households by providing the community with resources to revitalize neighborhoods, affirmatively furthering Fair Housing and economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services.
Several boards and commissions are supported by staff members from the Community Development Block Grant Division. These Include:
The City of Saint Charles' Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP) provides a 5-year forgivable, no-interest loan to eligible residents to make repairs and improvements to their owner-occupied property, including handicapped accessibility.
The City of Saint Charles provides transportation for necessary medical, shopping and other essential services within the City limits of Saint Charles and Urban Saint Charles County for individuals that meet the criteria and require transportation.