The Department of Planning and Development manages community development block grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs in suburban and unincorporated Cook County.
The Cook County Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Community Development Division is largely supported with Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds provided annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Three one-time allocations of Federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) from HUD are supplementing these existing, ongoing funds. Relevant activities include demolition, public facilities, infrastructure, general social services, homeless prevention/intervention, and planning.
Please note – Cook County community development funding for programs and projects is currently restricted to suburban Cook County. Additional requirements and restrictions also apply.
Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)
The Cook County Department of Planning and Development within the Bureau of Economic Development has been awarded $83.6 million in CDBG-DR funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist disaster recovery efforts in response to declared major disasters occurring in Cook County in 2013. These funds can be used only for specific disaster recovery-related purposes. The County is required by HUD prepare a draft strategy for the proposed uses of these funds.
National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC)
The Cook County Department of Planning and Development within the Bureau of Economic Development recently submitted an application to the National Disaster Resilience Competition, which is a $1 billion HUD program meant to improve resilience to severe weather and other shocks and stresses. Cook County’s qualifying Federally-declared disaster is the April 2013 flooding. There is potential to receive significant funding for the Chicago region. The four eligible applicants within Illinois (which include Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, and the State) submitted a coordinated set of proposals to HUD, with support from CMAP and several regional nonprofit groups. While each applicant has submitted a separate proposal (per HUD guidance), each did so as part of a regional partnership, and the proposals were consistent and mutually supportive.
For More Information
Please see this link for more information regarding DPD and its operations including public notices, latest news and related documents, please go to: www.cookcountyil.gov/economicdevelopment.
Inquiries specifically related to Community Development should be directed to:
Dominic Tocci, Deputy Director