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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