City of Sesser Awarded $50,000 Community Revitalization Grant
The City of Sesser has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s Strong Communities Program. These funds can be used towards community revitalization efforts including the acquisition, maintenance, and demolition of abandoned residential properties. Program funds may also reimburse municipalities for acquisition, rehabilitation, and maintenance including tree, shrub and debris removal, lot treatment and greening and other reasonable costs associated with returning blighted properties to productive use.
“We know vacant properties continue to strain budgets and resources in communities across the state, which is why IHDA is committed to helping local leaders as they foster healthy, equitable and stable neighborhoods through strategic community revitalization,” IHDA Executive Director Kristin Faust said. “Through the Strong Communities Program, IHDA will bring much-needed support to communities of all sizes as they transform abandoned and often blighted properties into assets for entire neighborhoods. These grants will go a long way to address local housing needs and goals, and we are grateful for Governor Pritzker’s support.”
This grant has been funded by the Rebuild Illinois capital plan and will leverage IHDA’s ongoing state- and federally-funded initiatives to increase property values, create jobs, help reduce crime, generate additional tax revenue and attract further community investment in underserved communities around the state. A total of $30 million in grant funding will be awarded through the program over three application rounds.
The City of Sesser would like to thank the following officials and organizations for their active roles in helping us secure these much needed grant funds: Moran Economic Development, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Governor Pritzker and Staff, and the hard-working team at Sesser City Hall.
IHDA Official Press Release