Urbana Awarded Grant to Help Maintain Abandoned Properties

The city of Urbana has been awarded a grant to help contribute to maintaining abandoned homes and empty lots. (WCCU)

The city of Urbana has been awarded a grant to help contribute to maintaining abandoned homes and empty lots.

The $71,000 grant comes from the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

The state agency provides financing for affordable housing across Illinois.

The city plans to use the money to help demolish abandoned properties and make use of empty lots.

Urbana was just one of 67 cities in Illinois to receive the grant.

"We always want to invest in all of Urbana’s neighborhoods and make sure that public funding is distributed as equitably as possible, and there's definitely a need in the community,” Community Development Coordinator Matthew Rejc said.

The city is still mapping out which neighborhoods the funds will be used in and said so far 202 Wood Street is on the list.

The grant agreement is expected for a final vote from the city council in April.

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