The Curb Appeal Assistance program offers funding in an amount up to $3,000 for residents to renovate and update the exterior of their home. Eligible work includes windows, roofs, siding, exterior doors, driveways, garage doors, and other similar permanent improvements. To qualify, the applicant must own their home and maintain a household income which does not exceed 120% of the median area income for Jackson County. Homeowners must provide a match for City funds ranging from 100% to 30%, dependent on their household income level. As a requirement of the grant, recipients must place a restrictive covenant on their home which will state that the home cannot be bought or sold within five years or the City has the right to recapture a portion of the grant funding. The grant funds will be prorated equally each month the home remains owner occupied and completely forgiven on the 5th anniversary of the grant.
The Down Payment Assistance program offers funding in an amount up to $3,000 to prospective homebuyers who are purchasing their first home within the City of Carbondale. To qualify, the applicant must be purchasing their first home within the city of Carbondale and plan to utilize the home as their permanent residence. Homeowners must provide a match for City funds ranging from 100% to 30% of the grant provided, dependent on their household income level. As a requirement of the grant, recipients must place a restrictive covenant on their home which will state that the home cannot be bought or sold within five years or the City has the right to recapture a portion of the grant funding. The grant funds will be prorated equally each month the home remains owner occupied and completely forgiven on the 5th anniversary of the grant.
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 will be required to enter into a TIF Redevelopment Agreement with the City.
On October 16, 2007, the Carbondale City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2007-39, recognizing the importance of home ownership within the community to strengthen and revitalize established residential neighborhoods. This ordinance created the Single Family Housing Conversion Program 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. The home must be located in a residential zone within the corporate limits of the City of Carbondale.
• The City will waive all applicable permit fees required in the improvement of the house for two years after the purchase.
• The City will provide the homeowner with a housing inspection performed by a Building and Neighborhood Services Housing Inspector. Please note that this service is intended for personal knowledge only and should not be used in place of a professional housing inspection.
• The owner agrees to place a covenant on the property that would require the house remain occupied by the owner of record for a minimum of 10 years.
• Property purchased must be occupied as the principal residence and be a single-family home, a condominium or a cooperative unit and be purchased through a fee simple title.
• Once you are ready to purchase a home, complete an application and provide all necessary documentation to the Housing Programs Administrator at City Hall.
• The Housing Programs Administrator will verify that the home to be purchased is an eligible rental home that has been registered with the City for at least two years prior to the closing date of the home purchase.
• With the seller’s permission, one of the City’s Neighborhood Services Housing Inspectors will perform a housing inspection on the home.
• Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee participation in the Single Family Housing Conversion Grant Program. Eligible applicants are served on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Once the home is determined to be eligible and grant funds are available, the home buyer will sign an agreement with the City. After the agreement is signed, the home buyer must provide evidence of the covenant filed upon the deed of record and shall provide the City with proof of said covenant within thirty (30) days of the signing of the agreement.
• Upon receipt, verification and approval of the information as required, the City shall submit the $5,000 payment to the grant recipient within sixty (60) days after closing for the purchase of the property.
The Application for the Single Family Housing Conversion Program is available here in (pdf) format.
If you are interested in further information, please contact:
Travis Taylor, AICP
Carbondale City Hall/Civic Center
2nd Floor, Room 251
200 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Phone: (618) 457-3233