COVID-19-Related Housing Assistance Program

As a part of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (C.A.R.E.S.) Act, the Town of Normal received a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, referred to as CDBG-CV (Coronavirus), to be used for the sole purpose of preventing, preparing for, and responding to the effects of COVID-19 locally. The Town's CDBG-CV allocation is $246,067.

With an understanding of the current, most urgent community needs related to COVID-19, the Town of Normal has partnered with Mid Central Community Action (MCCA) in the creation of an assistance program for Normal residents who have suffered income or job loss due to the pandemic and are in need of help covering monthly housing costs - specifically rent, mortgage, and utility bill payments.

This program is intended to assist income-qualified residents with up to 2 months of assistance, or $2,000 in total in a single year. The current amount of assistance funding available is $100,000.

Program Guidelines and Eligibility

The COVID-19-Related Housing Assistance Program is available to any household (individuals or families) residing within the municipal limits of the Town of Normal that has a documented job or income loss occurring as a result of the present pandemic AND that meets certain income qualifications. Assistance payments will only be made directly to a utility and/or housing  provider (landlord or mortgage holder) and shall not exceed 2 months of assistance in a single year. Maximum assistance per applicant/household shall not exceed $1,000 per month or $2,000 in total. 

Additionally, the maximum amount of assistance funding that may be put toward a Town of Normal Water Department bill may not exceed $100. Persons with unpaid Town utility bills greater than $100 should contact the Water Department to discuss setting up a payment plan at (309) 433-3411 or (309) 454-9710.


Qualifying income limits, which are subject to change at any time by HUD, are based on household size. A household is defined as any and all persons living in the home, regardless of family relation. Income from all persons in the household will be considered in determining eligibility for assistance through this program.

Below are the HUD income limits by household size as of April 1, 2020:
 One Person  Two Persons Three Persons Four Persons Five Persons Six Persons Seven Persons Eight Persons
$53,400  $61,000 $68,650 $76,250 $82,350 $88,450 $94,550 $100,650

Note: Funds are extremely limited and priority will be given to households with incomes below the limits listed above prior to the pandemic. However, households with annual incomes greater than the limits listed above prior to the pandemic may still qualify for assistance.

​​Applying for Assistance


Persons wishing to apply for assistance through the COVID-19-Related Housing Assistance Program must submit a completed McLean County Emergency Assistance Application, along with all required documents (referenced at the top of the application's first pagemeant to verify identity, residency, income, and a COVID-19-related crisis.  Applications are available in English, and Spanish and French upon request to tlong@normal.org or (309) 454-9642.

Applications may be submitted through any of the options listed below:

By Email:
casemanagementspecialist@mccainc.org 

By Mail:
Mid Central Community Action
ATTN: CDBG
1301 W. Washington Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

In Person:
Town of Normal
1 Uptown Circle, 2nd Floor
Normal, IL 61761

Have Questions?

Please contact Associate Planner Taylor Long at (309) 454-9642 or tlong@normal.org.

  1. Taylor Long

    Associate Planner
    Phone: (309) 454-9642

  2. Mercy Davison

    Town Planner
    Phone: (309) 454-9590