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Oak Park Celebrates 50th Anniversary of CDBG Program

The Village of Oak Park is joining communities across the country in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as part of National Community Development Week from April 1-5.

In Program Year 2023, Oak Park received more than $1.5 million in federal CDBG funding, illustrating the significant impact of these funds on the local community. This federally funded, locally administered program is specifically targeted to support a diverse range of programs and services for individuals and families identified as low and moderate income by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Village and its Community Development Citizen Advisory Committee (CDCAC) hosted a celebration marking 50 years of the CDBG Program at 6 p.m. on Thurs., April 4 at Village Hall. In addition to highlighting the impact of the CDBG Program in Oak Park, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis was honored during the event along with the winners of the Village’s CDBG Partnership Award.

Other honorees include Romiesha Tucker from Housing Forward, Suzi Schrader from the Infant Welfare Society Children’s Clinic and Diane F. White from Community Support Services. UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, Way Back Inn and Y.E.M.B.A. are also being recognized. Click here for photos from the event.

The CDBG program was enacted by Congress in 1974 under the Housing and Community Development Act. This program, managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides essential funding to communities nationwide, including Oak Park, to address various community needs such as infrastructure, economic development, housing, and support services for vulnerable populations.

From hunger relief to infrastructure projects like ADA-compliant crosswalks, federal CDBG funds are strategically allocated to activities with a direct and positive influence in Oak Park. In Program Year 2023, funds were distributed to 14 local organizations serving low and moderate-income individuals.

Grants supported infrastructure projects such as street resurfacing and alley improvements, aligning with census-defined areas in need. CDBG funding was also instrumental in Oak Park's lead hazard reduction, water line replacement and rehabilitation loan programs, benefitting residents whose incomes meet HUD guidelines.

The allocation of funds follows a meticulous process managed by Village staff and the CDCAC. This includes a rigorous application process where nonprofit agencies request CDBG grants through the Village each year. The applications are thoroughly reviewed, and recommendations are made to the Village Board, which has the final authority on funding allocations.

For more information on Oak Park's CDBG Program, visit, email or call 708.358.5416.

Program Year 2023 Grant Recipients

  • Beyond Hunger – Direct hunger relief, nutrition education and social service staff costs
  • Community Support Services – Case management and respite services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Easterseals – Education and training material to support new parents
  • Hephzibah Children’s Association – Behavioral health interventionist for foster children
  • Housing Forward – Interim housing shelter, employment readiness program, street outreach for individuals who are homeless and to prevent homelessness, and administrative supports
  • NAMI Metro-Suburban – Program coordinator support at the Drop-In Center to provide services to individuals experiencing mental illness
  • New Moms, Inc. – Family support program for new moms and their children
  • North West Housing Partnership – Handyman services to older adults in the Oak Park community
  • Our Future Reads – Rental costs for utility space for literacy program development and donations
  • Infant Welfare Society Children’s Clinic – Dental care staff to provide dental procedures to low-and moderate income to Oak Park children
  • Thrive Counseling Center – Psychiatric services for low-and moderate income to Oak Park residents
  • UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago – Public facility improvements to two Oak Park properties for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Way Back Inn – Counseling for family members of people in recovery at the Grateful House and public facility improvements to Grateful House
  • Y.E.M.B.A. – Mentoring empowerment and training service to minority youth in 6th to 8th grade and public facility improvements

About Oak Park

The Village of Oak Park, located just nine miles west of downtown Chicago, offers a distinctive urban/suburban lifestyle in a thriving, multi-cultural community. Well-known for progressive values, tree-lined streets and bustling business districts, Oak Park serves as an ideal place to live, work and play. As a longstanding community of choice, the Village benefits from convenient access to local and regional transit, high-quality public schools, and arts and cultural attractions, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio and his acclaimed Unity Temple, which was recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.