Housing Grants


Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) HELP Eliminate Lead Program Grant

 The City of Galesburg, Illinois has been awarded a Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Help Eliminate Lead Program Grant. Grant monies will be used for Lead Hazard Remediation in approximately 200 low-to-moderate income privately-owned, owner-occupied (OO) and rental units (RU) throughout the community.

 The program is designed to provide lead-safe housing to privately-owned, owner-occupied and rental units at no cost to homeowners or occupants. Priority will be given to households with pregnant women, children under six, children with elevated blood lead levels and households where children under six frequently visit. Frequent visitation is defined as three hours a day, two days a week or a total of 60 hours a year.

 Additional funding will include Healthy Homes Supplemental Funding. These funds will be used to enhance, expand, and strengthen activities that reduce significant housing-related health and safety hazards.

 Residences will need to be located in Galesburg city limits, built prior to 1978 and have lead based paint hazards in order to be considered for this program. 

 All interested parties are encouraged to apply using the short pre-application form on this webpage. This is a fillable form, but you must print the form and return it to City Hall or save it on your computer and email it to the email address on the form.  If you would like to use the full application, there are two forms available on this webpage:  one for owner occupied houses and one for landlord/renter houses.  These forms are fillable but will to be returned in the same manner as the short pre-application form.

 All applications are available at Galesburg City Hall in the Community Development Department or at the Knox County Health Department. For more information please call Judy Guenseth at 309-345-3652 or Royal White at Western Illinois Regional Council at 309-837-3941.


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