Illinois expands Building Blocks homeownership program to 10 more communities

The Illinois Building Blocks program aimed at revitalizing communities through the sale of vacant homes is being expanded to include 10 additional Illinois communities:

  • Belleville
  • Blue Island
  • Champaign
  • Cicero
  • Crest Hill
  • Joliet
  • Lockport
  • Lynwood
  • Melrose Park
  • Peoria

They join the original communities of Berwyn, Chicago Heights, Maywood, Park Forest and South Holland.

Gov. Pat Quinn, who has declared 2013 as the “Year of Homeownership” in Illinois, announced today that low- to moderate-income homebuyers who buy qualifying vacant properties in the new target communities could qualify for the program’s $10,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance. Read the news release.

“Governor Quinn’s Illinois Building Blocks program is ending the cycle of blight by rehabilitating not only homes but whole communities – one house, one block, one neighborhood at a time,” IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney said in a statement.

The Building Blocks Program is administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and in its first year more than 580 housing units have been assisted in the the five original communities, according to the release.

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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.

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