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 Monday, March 3, 2014, the Village Board unanimously approved the Village of Skokie CDBG Action Plan after a public hearing was held in the Village Hall Council Chambers earlier that evening.

The Action Plan is a CDBG "annual plan" the Village utilizes to request funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (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, 2014, and April 30, 2015.

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 to set investment priorities over a five-year period from May 2010 to April 2015.

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 2015

The Village of Skokie is now accepting funding proposals for the 2015-2016 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 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 $450,000 in new entitlement funds for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2015.  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.  Social service operating funds are always extremely limited.  HUD will determine any questions of eligibility.

This year will also include the preparation of the next 5-year Consolidated Plan for the Village’s CDBG program.  As in past years, goals and objectives are expected to focus on:

  • Improving the lives of low/moderate-income individuals, households, and neighborhoods
  • Preventing or eliminating blight

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.  Do not submit proposals or materials in binders.  Also, please 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 Monday, January 5, 2015, 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 Tuesday, December 16, 2014.  Please contact Carrie Haberstich at 847-933-8447 or email carrie.haberstich@skokie.org with any questions regarding the CDBG program.


Upcoming CDBG Schedule for Program Year 2015

Skokie residents and organizations are invited to attend and participate in public hearings for the 2015-2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program year.  The hearings will be conducted at the end of regular Village Board of Trustees meetings between December 2014 and March 2015.  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, 2015, through April 30, 2016, CDBG program year is Tuesday, December 16.  The upcoming CDBG schedule:

  • Monday, December 15, 2014              Public Hearing #1: CDBG program overview and status report of current year activities
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014              Program Year 2015 application deadline at 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 5, 2015                   Public Hearing #2: Applicant presentations
  • Monday, February 2, 2015                 Public Hearing #3: Proposed entitlement funding distributions
  • Monday, March 2, 2015                     Public Hearing #4: Adoption of 5-year Consolidated Plan and 1st Annual Action Plan

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


Upcoming Consolidated Planning Process

The Village will begin community outreach activities in 2014 to prepare a 5-year plan for the Village’s CDBG program.  The planning process will facilitate a community-wide dialogue to identify housing, community development, and social services needs and priorities to be assisted by the CDBG program from May 2015 to April 2020.

Please visit this web page for future updates, or contact Carrie Haberstich, AICP, Planner/CDBG Administrator at carrie.haberstich@skokie.org.