City-Funded Housing Programs

The City offers a wide variety of housing assistance programs including the following:

Curb Appeal Assistance Program

The Curb Appeal Assistance Program offers funding for homeowners to renovate and update the exterior of their home. The City will provide no less than $500 and no more than $3,000 towards curb appeal projects.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. Review Instructions for Applying for the Program 
  2. Review Ordinances 2016-53, 2016-54 and 2016-27
  3. Complete Form W-9 and upload to the Online Application
  4. Complete Online Application

Down Payment Assistance Program

The Down Payment Assistance Program offers funding to prospective home buyers who are purchasing their first home within the City limits. The City will provide up to $3,000 towards the down payment of the home.

It should be noted that this program is for applicants who are in the process of purchasing their home. You must obtain a sales contract to attach to this application and allot time for application review and the potential disbursement of funds before closing on the home.

As a requirement of the program, the homeowner is required to record a restrictive covenant on the property which will require the home to remain owner-occupied for a period of five (5) years with the down payment assistance being recaptured if the property ceases to be owner occupied at a prorated rate of 1/60th of the original amount for each month the home is owner occupied during the five (5) years.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. Review Instructions for Applying for the Program 
  2. Review Ordinances 2016-28 and 2016-54
  3. Complete Form W-9 and upload to the Online Application
  4. Complete Online Application

Downtown Upper-Story Conversion Program

The Downtown Upper-Story Conversion Program offers a $2,500 incentive for owners of commercial property within the BPR, Primary Business, district for the conversion of upper stories into habitable living space.

The City will award $2,500 for each dwelling unit, up to a max of $5,000 per property. As a requirement of the program, the owner is required to enter into a TIF redevelopment agreement with the City.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. Review Instructions for Applying for the Program 
  2. Review Ordinance 2016-30
  3. Complete Form W-9 and upload to the Online Application
  4. Complete Online Application

Single Family Housing Conversion Program

The Single Family Housing Conversion Program is designed to stimulate and encourage the conversion of single family houses that have been registered rentals to owner occupied homes.

A $5,000 grant will be given to approved home buyers of a single family house that has been registered with the City of Carbondale’s Mandatory Rental Housing Inspection Program in excess of two years at the time of purchase.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. Review Ordinances 2007-39 and 2016-29
  2. Complete Online Application


Please contact Megan Brightharp with any questions at (618) 457-3258 or by email.