Program Name: Strong Communities Program
Organization: Illinois Housing Development Authority
Address: 111 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1000

Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: 312-836-5200
Application Deadline: April 2025
Program Start Date: 2021
Program End Date:
Application Guidelines:
Applicants for the Strong Communities Program (SCP) RFA must use this link ( to apply. The Application Guide for this RFA can be found here.
Briefly Describe the Purpose of the Program
The SCP Program provides grant funds to municipalities, counties, and land banks to address affordable housing needs and community revitalization efforts. SCP will return vacant residential properties to productive and taxable use through rehabilitation and provide funds for demolition in cases where properties are beyond repair and negatively impacting neighboring residences. As a result, SCP has the potential to increase property values, create jobs, help reduce crime, generate additional tax revenue, and attract further community investment. By enabling greater revitalization opportunities, SCP will preserve existing affordable housing stock that is often in city centers and in proximity to community amenities (schools, parks, medical facilities, shopping, jobs, and transportation), and encourage further investment and revitalization.
Year Program Established: 2021
Eligibility Requirements or Restrictions
Eligible applicants for SCP must be a municipality, county, or land bank located in the State of Illinois. A county or municipality may join with other counties/municipalities and submit a single application; however, each county/municipality may only apply once per funding round.
Funding Cap Per Application or Fiscal Year Program Funding:
How Must Funds Be Used: