Galesburg Provides Home Renovation Grants for Lower-Income Residents
Galesburg residents who are faced with financial hurdles when it comes to replacing their home’s roof, rectifying code violations, or constructing accessibility features may now be eligible for a grant that could ease these challenges.
The city is inviting its citizens to an informational meeting set for 5 p.m. on April 13 at Galesburg City Hall. This meeting will focus on shedding light on the Home Repair and Accessibility Program (HRAP) grant, which the city received from the Illinois Housing Development Authority. This grant seeks to assist low-to-moderate income homeowners in carrying out crucial home repair work, ensuring adherence to code requirements, resolving health and safety hazards, and making necessary accessibility adjustments.
Unlike traditional loans, this unique opportunity allows homeowners who secure grant funds to avoid repayment, provided they continue residing in their homes for a duration of three to five years post-construction.
A representative from the Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC), an organization dedicated to promoting community development, will be present at the meeting. They will discuss important details surrounding the application process, provide an overview of income guidelines, and delve into other qualifying criteria integral to the HRAP Program, as noted on the city’s website.
Following this informative session, residents will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment to fill out their grant application. For individuals unable to attend the meeting, the WIRC will be available for inquiries starting April 14, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Monday to Friday, at the contact number 309-837-2997.
Additional information, such as specifics about income eligibility, can be found on the city’s Housing Grants page. The city urges its residents to leverage this opportunity to improve their living conditions and enhance the overall quality of their homes. Read here to know more: https://www.ci.galesburg.il.us/government/departments/housing_grants/index.php.