May 28, 2014

Repair Grants Approved for West Englewood Homeowners


The City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) will be expanded to a portion of West Englewood under a plan approved today by City Council, which was co-sponsored by Alderman Toni Foulkes (15th) and Alderman JoAnn Thompson (16th).

The NIP program provides grants to help owners of one-to four-unit properties in select areas of the City make exterior repairs and limited interior improvements. More than $970,000 will be made available in West Englewood through a special fund created in 1998 by CSX Intermodal as part of a rail yard expansion project.

Qualifying owners will be eligible to receive a one-time grant of $10,000 to cover repair work involving roofs, gutters, windows, entryways, porches and masonry. Up to 30 percent of each grant could be used for interior health and safety needs.

The NIP eligibility area is generally bounded by Hamilton Avenue, Garfield Boulevard, Damen Avenue and 64th Street.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago Inc. will administer the program.


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