The Cook County Department of Planning and Development is committed to cultivating vital communities by fostering economic opportunities and business development; preserving and expanding the supply of safe, decent, and affordable housing; facilitating infrastructure improvements; promoting fair housing; and supporting social services and programs that address the problems of homelessness.
Mandates and Key Activities
- Supports the expansion of economic opportunities
- Supports sustainable community investment
- Implements affordable housing strategies
- Supports social service and homelessness programs
- Improves performance and capacity of grants management personnel
DPD consists of three programmatic divisions which are supported by legal, financial, and compliance functions:
- Affordable Housing
- Community Development - Includes Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Programs
- Disaster Recovery and Resilience (CDBG-DR)
- Economic Development Programs
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CDBG-DR Design/Engineering Grant Program - Guide and Application
This grant program will support the design and engineering costs related to identified stormwater issues in municipalities and unincorporated areas of suburban Cook County that sustained flooding in April-May 2013. The goal of the program is to help applicants develop projects that are shovel-ready and can then proceed to implementation with local funding or by seeking project funding from Cook County or other funders as appropriate, such as the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (CCDOTH), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Applications are no longer being accepted.