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.

Arlington Heights Annual Action Plans

The Village of Arlington Heights Annual Action Plans are found in the document container below. The Annual Action Plans include a budget and description of the projects that the Village will carry out during the program year. Review the most current plan.

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.