Community Development Block Grant

A Federal Grant Program

The Administration, Planning, and Finance Departments manage the Town’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  This federal grant program is made available for select cities, referred to by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as "Entitlement Communities," to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families.  

For a variety of general and Normal-specific information about the CDBG Program, please visit the McLean County Regional Planning Commission's website.

*********Proposed 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020-2021 Action Plan Now Available *********

 As an Entitlement Community receiving annual grants on a formula basis from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Town of Normal is required to craft and adopt a five-year Consolidated Plan and annual Action Plan detailing the goals for and use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in the community. The 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan summarizes all public and stakeholder input collected over the past 8 months and details priorities and objectives for spending over the course of the next five years (April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2025). The 2020-2021 Action Plan describes CDBG-funded projects and activities proposed for the period between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. This will be the first year of the Town’s new five-year Consolidated Plan. 

The Town’s annual entitlement grant for Program Year 2020-2021 is estimated to be approximately $396,000. In addition to the entitlement grant, the Town expects to have $2,000 in program income and approximately $395,744 in carryover funds from the prior program years. Proposed activities for Program Year 2020-2021 include:

  • Continued funding to the Unity Community Center for after-school youth activities and to PATH’s Homeless Outreach Services Program ($59,400)
  • Assistance for the rehabilitation and improved accessibility of housing for income-qualified residents through administration of the Town’s Homeowner Emergency Repair and Accessibility Program and partnerships with Habitat for Humanity McLean County and the local, Cornbelt Chapter of AMBUCS ($72,850)
  • Funding for anti-housing discrimination assistance through a partnership with Prairie State Legal Services ($10,000)
  • Funding for infrastructure improvements in income-qualified areas of the community, particularly for sidewalk and ADA ramp construction ($263,000)
  • Funding for property acquisition for sidewalk right-of-way in income-qualified areas of the community ($30,000)
  • Continued funding and staff involvement with the McLean County Regional Planning Commission’s Regional Housing Advisory Committee ($20,000)
  • Funding for financial assistance to income-qualified home-buyers through the administration of the Town’s Down Payment Assistance Program ($45,000)
  • Funding for the increased availability of affordable housing through the acquisition of properties for subsequent development by Habitat for Humanity of McLean County ($25,000)
  • Funding for the rehabilitation of at least one section of sanitary sewer in a low- to moderate-income neighborhood ($23,884)
  • Funding for the resurfacing of at least one street in a low- to moderate-income neighborhood ($225,420)
  • Funding for general program administration (travel and training, advertising costs, etc.) ($19,190)

A public hearing was held to solicit comments on the proposed Consolidated Plan and Action Plan on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Café on the first floor of the Normal Public Library at 206 W College Avenue, Normal, IL 61761. The summary materials shared by staff at the hearing can be found here and by clicking on the image to the right.

Additionally, a 40-day public comment period was held from Tuesday, December 3, 2019, to Saturday, January 11, 2020. 

An electronic version of the proposed 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020-2021 Action Plan is available
here.  Hard copies of the proposed plans are available upon request at the Normal Public Library and the Town Clerk’s Office.