The Will County Center of Community Concerns and Community Service Council of Northern Will County were awarded a total of more than $800,000 to help area homeowners with repairs, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant announced Friday.

“Almost everyone has experienced a sudden need for a home repair, but, especially right now, not everyone has the money they need to cover an emergency,” the Shorewood Democrat said. “People should not have to worry about the living conditions they are raising their families in.”

The Illinois Housing Development Authority Board of Directors awarded Will County $829,000 to help low- and very low-income homeowners with necessary home repairs. The group awarded $11,000,000 statewide through the state’s Single Family Rehabilitation Program. The lump sum is projected to help at least 326 families. 

The Single Family Rehabilitation Program provides forgivable loans of up to $45,000 per household to assist with necessary repairs to remove documented health and safety hazards. Eligible repairs include roofing, flooring and plumping, among others. 

A roof-only option is also available for people who do not need other repairs. Those recipients are offered up to $16,500 to militate against future roof damage. 

“The money so graciously awarded to Will County will change the lives of some residents who are stressed about paying for repairs — especially at a time where more people are finding themselves on fixed incomes,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I encourage anyone who needs help to apply for funds.” 

Households can apply for grants by contacting the Will County Center of Community Concerns at 815-722-0722 or Community Service Council of Northern Will County at 815-886-5000. The group will walk you through the application process and explain eligibility. 

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