The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Office of Community Development announced the recipients of the 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Housing Rehabilitation. The grants are designed to assist low-to-moderate income homeowners needing safe and sanitary living conditions. Funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Rehabilitation program is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). State administered funds are available for communities who do not receive their own CDBG funding from HUD Thirteen communities across the state will be awarded grants totaling over $6.3 million. DCEO estimates more than 125 homes will benefit. Cities within Southern Illinois that received grant money include Ava and Marion. The city nof Ava received $450,000 in funding and Marion received – $482,040.