Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Community Development Department administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Grants are offered on an annual basis and awarded for eligible activities that meet one of the three national objectives for the CDBG program:

  • Benefit to low- and very low-income Skokie residents
  • Elimination of slums and blight
  • Emergency needs

HUD provides block grants to qualified local communities annually under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act. These funds are used for infrastructure improvement projects, housing programs, social services, and other activities that are consistent with local planning goals and CDBG regulations. Eligible projects must meet national objectives by principally benefiting the lower- and moderate- income people of the community or aiding in the prevention and elimination of blighting conditions. HUD must approve all projects before funds are released.  

For more information on the CDBG Program, please contact Carrie Haberstich, AICP, Planner/CDBG Administrator, at carrie.haberstich@skokie.org or 847/933-8447.


Adopted Consolidated and Action Plans

On March 2, 2015, the Village Board unanimously approved the Village of Skokie five-year Consolidated Plan and one-year Action Plan after a public hearing was held in the Village Hall Council Chambers earlier that evening.

The Action Plan is an "annual plan" the Village utilizes to request funds from HUD for specific activities, including housing, infrastructure, public facilities, public services and senior programs.  Once approved, investment in the CDBG activities may occur between May 1 and April 30 of each program year.

The adopted plan has been sent to HUD for its review and approval, including approval of the Village's funding request.

The Action Plan is a component of the Consolidated Plan, which is a CDBG "master plan" the Village references each year to set investment priorities over a five-year period from May 2015 to April 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the plans or the CDBG program, please contact Carrie Haberstich, AICP, Planner/CDBG Administrator at carrie.haberstich@skokie.org.


CDBG Application for Program Year 2017

The Village of Skokie is now accepting funding proposals for the 2017-18 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.  Please download and complete the application form, in order to be considered for CDBG funding.  If you know of an organization that does not have access to the internet, please have that organization call 847-933-8447 to make arrangements to obtain a hard copy of the application form.

Each year, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act, HUD provides funds for local communities.  The Village of Skokie is an "entitlement community," and thus is eligible to apply directly to HUD for annual CDBG funding.  The Village expects to receive about $500,000 in new entitlement funds for the program year beginning May 1, 2017.  CDBG funds can be used for property acquisition, rehabilitation, infrastructure improvement projects, housing programs, limited social services, and other activities consistent with local planning goals.  HUD requires that all projects benefit low-income people of the community, or address blighted conditions.  Building rehabilitation and capital improvements proposals must be located within the Village of Skokie, unless there are extenuating circumstances that lead the Village Board of Trustees and HUD staff to support a funding request for a project outside of Skokie’s municipal boundaries.  Social service operating funds are always extremely limited.  HUD will determine any questions of eligibility.

Please utilize the application as it is, and be sure that all questions on the application form are adequately answered and the application is signed by the appropriate head of the organization.  Please do not submit proposals or materials in binders.  Also, do not add agency promotional materials as the Village will not be able to include them in the digital packets distributed to the Board of Trustees.

A hearing to be held the evening of Tuesday, January 3, 2017, will consist of proposal presentations by the applicants to the Village Board of Trustees.  Anyone submitting a funding proposal is required to make a brief oral presentation that evening to be considered for possible funding.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016.  Please contact Carrie Haberstich at 847-933-8447 or email carrie.haberstich@skokie.org with any questions regarding the CDBG program.


Upcoming Schedule for CDBG Program Year 2017

Skokie residents and organizations are invited to attend and participate in public hearings for the 2017-18 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program year.  The hearings will be conducted at the end of regular Village Board of Trustees meetings between December 2016 and March 2017.  Public hearings are mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations to receive public input and determine the Village of Skokie's funding request.  The application deadline for the May 1, 2017, through April 30, 2018, CDBG program year is Friday, December 9.  The upcoming CDBG schedule:

  • Friday, December 9, 2016            Program Year 2017 application deadline at 5:00 p.m.
     
  • Monday, December 19, 2016        Public Hearing #1: CDBG program overview and status report of current year activities
     
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017             Public Hearing #2: Applicant presentations
     
  • Monday, February 6, 2017           Public Hearing #3: Proposed entitlement funding distributions
     
  • Monday, March 6, 2017                Public Hearing #4: Adoption of 3rd Annual Action Plan for the 2015-19 Consolidated Plan
     
  • Friday, March 17, 2017                 Annual Action Plan submitted to HUD

Please contact Carrie Haberstich at 847-933-8447 or email carrie.haberstich@skokie.org with any questions regarding the CDBG program.


 CDBG Guides

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the following guides to gain an understanding of the expectations of participating in the Village's CDBG program:

Please contact Carrie Haberstich at 847/933-8447 or email carrie.haberstich@skokie.org with any questions regarding these guides or the Village's CDBG program.