Community Development Block Grant | CDBG

The Village of Arlington Heights receives funding through the Federal Government's U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for housing and community development programs. The Village is an "entitlement community" for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds which may be used to address the housing and community development needs of the community, particularly the needs of residents who are low and moderate-income.

As an entitlement community, the Village may develop its own program and funding priorities. Every five years. the Village adopts a Consolidated Plan explaining the community's needs and priorities as well as the programs and projects it intends to fund.

Annually, the Village adopts an Annual Action Plan that explains how the Village will use its Federal resources (including its CDBG funds) during the individual fiscal year. Annual Action Plans become a part of the Consolidated Plan.

CDBG funds must be used primarily for the benefit of low and moderate-income persons. Generally, CDBG funds may be for the following, subject to federal regulations:

  • Acquisition of real property
  • Relocation and demolition
  • Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures
  • Construction of public facilities and improvements
  • Public services (subject to the funding cap explained below)
  • Economic development
  • Planning and administration (subject to the funding cap explained below)

Each year, a maximum of 15% of funds may be used for public services, a maximum of 20% may be used for grant administration, and at least 65% is used for housing programs, public facilities, infrastructure improvements, and other uses allowed under federal regulations. Programs and services may be delivered directly by the Village of Arlington Heights or the Village may make subgrants to agencies to carry-out eligible programs and projects.

The Consolidated Plan/Annual Action process begins in March of each year when CDBG grant application forms are made available by the Village. Next, the Village holds two public hearings concerning the Consolidated Plan (every five years) and Annual Action Plan (annually) to determine the priority housing and community development needs of the Village. After the first public hearing, a draft Consolidated Plan and/or Annual Action Plan is made available for a 30-day public comment period. The second public hearing is usually held in July. Usually, the Consolidated Plan and/or Annual Action Plan is adopted by the Village Board at the conclusion of the second public hearing.

To be placed on the mailing list to receive CDBG application forms and information about dates and times of public meetings concerning the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans, contact the Village's Department of Planning and Community Development at 847.368.5200 or via email at planningmail@vah.com.

2017 Federal Annual Action Plan Draft (30 Day Public Comment Period)

The Village of Arlington Heights is making available for public comment the draft of the 2017 Federal Annual Action Plan (including the Community Development Block Grant CDBG budget) for the program year starting October 1, 2017 and ending September 30, 2018. The Annual Action Plan contains a description of the Village's plans for addressing the housing and community development needs in the Village during the program year. The Annual Action Plan contains the amount of assistance expected to be received and the range of activities that may be undertaken. Any activities to be funded by the Village of Arlington Heights through HOME, CDBG, ESG, HOPWA, Public Housing Comprehensive Grant or other HUD programs are described therein. The Village anticipates that all federal funds will be used to benefit low and moderate-income residents of Arlington Heights, and the activities will not result in the displacement of any Arlington Heights residents.

Persons interested in receiving a hard copy of the 2017 Federal Annual Action Plan may telephone or pick up a copy during regular business hours at:

Village of Arlington Heights
Department of Planning & Community Development
33 S. Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: 847.368.5214
TTY: 847.368.5794


The public comment period expires at 5:00 p.m. on July 15, 2017.

Proposed Substantial Amendments to the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan (30 Day Public Comment Period)

The Village of Arlington Heights is making available for public comment, the Substantial Amendments that are proposed to be made to the Village's section of the 2015-2019 Cook County Consolidated Plan.

In Summary, the Substantial Amendments to the Village's section of the 2015-2019 Cook County Consolidated Plan are:

  • The priority level of public infrastructure projects is proposed to be changed from low to high priority.
  • The anticipated average amount of program income expected to be received per year is changed from $50,000 to $100,000 (program income is typically within the range of $50,000 - $150,000 per year).
  • The 5-year estimated funding levels for the Village's goals are proposed to be amended to add funding for public infrastructure projects and adjustments are proposed in the estimated funding levels for other goal areas based on experience with program demand, expenditures during the first two years of the 5-year Consolidated Plan period, and the increase in the estimated program income.
  • Several non-substantial edits are also included to provide additional information and clarifications.

A more detailed Summary of the Substantial Amendments and the full text of the Village of Arlington Heights' section of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, as proposed to be amended is provided for public review and comment are available at the bottom of this page. Persons interested in receiving a hard copy of the proposed Substantial Amendments may telephone or pick up a copy during regular business hours at:

Village of Arlington Heights
Department of Planning & Community Development
33 S. Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights, IL 60005 Phone: 847.368.5214
TTY: 847.368.5794

This public comment period expires at 5:00 p.m. on July 15, 2017.

2016 Federal Annual Action Plan

The Village of Arlington Heights' 2016 Annual Action Plan was adopted by the Village Board on July 5, 2016. This Annual Action Plan includes the budget and a description of the projects that the Village will carry out during the October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017 program year.

2015-2019 Consolidated Plan

The Village of Arlington Heights is a participating jurisdiction in the Cook County Consolidated Planning process. The 2015-2019 Cook County Consolidated Plan is available on the Cook County website

The Village has its own portions of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan which describes certain community needs and housing market conditions specific to the Village of Arlington Heights. This part of the Consolidated Plan also includes the Village's strategic plan for addressing its community development needs and the 2015 Annual Action Plan.

CDBG-Recovery

In 2009, the Village received access to an additional $77,488 in CDBG funds through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. The Village used these funds as shown in the CDBG-R Budget document available at the bottom of this page. .

Residential Rehabilitation Contractor Opportunities

Several of the programs funded by the Village of Arlington Heights utilizing its federal entitlement funds include the rehabilitation of single-family residences and group homes. The Village seeks local contractors such as general contractors, roofing companies, plumbers and electricians, and concrete and asphalt contractors to perform work under the Village's programs for the benefit of our residents. Contractors are being sought for these and other trades, and the Village of Arlington Heights is committed to providing equal opportunity for minority business enterprises and women's business enterprises (MBE/WBE). Interested contractors are asked to complete a Contractor Qualification Form, including evidence of insurance, licenses, and certifications. Participating contractors must also be licensed to perform work in the VIllage of Arlington Heights prior to performing work under any of the Village-funding programs.

Fair Housing

The Village of Arlington Heights has enacted a local fair housing ordinance that prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, and other unlawful discrimination listed in Article 3 of the Illinois Human Rights Act, as now or hereafter amended. The Village has a Fair Housing Review Board that reviews fair housing complaints. 

Any person who wishes to file a housing discrimination complaint with the Village of Arlington Heights may make their complaint to:

Fair Housing Review Board
Department of Planning & Community Development
33 S. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005


Housing complaints are to be in writing and may be filed up to 60 days after the occurrence. However, you are strongly encouraged to file as soon after an incident as possible. A Housing Discrimination Information Form is available for your convenience. 

The Village’s Fair Housing Review Board, with the assistance of Village staff, will investigate complaints. For an explanation of the processes and time-frames for investigation, conciliation, and public hearings concerning complaints, please contact the Department of Planning & Community Development at the address/phone number indicated above.