Evergreen Park will continue to make village-owned facilities Americans with Disabilties Act compliant using Community Development Block Grant funds it receives this year.
The village board on Monday agreed to apply for the funding, which it expects to receive in about six months, Mayor Jim Sexton said.
The village has received approximately $1 million in CDBG funds over the past five years, but finding uses for the money is getting tougher because of program’s limitations, he said.
“It’s getting difficult,” Sexton said.
For example, the program maintains on its website that “not less than 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. In addition, each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.”
Evergreen Park has used the money to renovate the senior center, 9547 S. Homan Ave., which was formerly a church, as well as the community center, 3450 W. 97th St.
“This year our plan is to make (the facilities) more ADA compliant,” Sexton said.
The mayor expects the village to receive about $100,000 this year.
“We always try to get something,” Sexton said.