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Street rehabilitation project in Blue Island, Illinois. 

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is the primary community development program of the federal government, and is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The main objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable communities including decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. Cook County uses its CDBG funding primarily to support capital improvement projects (e.g., roads, sewers, facilities) and social services, including homeless prevention/intervention, development of public-private partnerships and planning in suburban Cook County. 

Key Milestones

Infrastructure Improvements

  • 37 grants for $6.2 million are expected in 2019
  • Supported $45 million  of projects from 2011 to 2018
  • Projects include roads, sewers, sidewalks, community facilities

Social Programs

  • $1.6 million projected for 2019
  • $12 million invested from 2011 to 2018 to community organizations that help find solutions for those in need. 
  • Shelter and support services for the homeless
  • Housing counseling
  • Food pantries
  • Youth program

According to the HUD website, the  Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program provides funding to:

  • Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;
  • Improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families;
  • Help operate these shelters;
  • Provide essential services to shelter residents;
  • Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families; and
  • Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.

Please note – Per HUD regulations, Cook County community development funding for programs and projects is restricted to suburban Cook County. The City of Chicago has their own CDBG and ESG Programs. 

For more information, please contact Susan Campbell, Director, Planning and Development at  (312) 603-1000, e-mail, or Dominic Tocci, Deputy Director at (312) 603-1048 or