ROCKFORD — The city of Rockford was awarded $520,000 to help area homeowners with repairs, as announced by state Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority board of directors awarded the city the grant to help low-income homeowners with necessary home repairs. The group awarded $11,000,000 statewide through the state’s Single Family Rehabilitation Program. The lump sum is projected to help at least 326 families.

The Single Family Rehabilitation Program provides forgivable loans of up to $45,000 per household to assist with necessary repairs to remove documented health and safety hazards. Eligible repairs include, but are not limited to, roofing, flooring and plumbing.

A roof-only option is also available for people who do not need other repairs. Those recipients are offered up to $16,500 to mitigate against future roof damage.

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