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Neighborhood Development

Neighborhood Development is a division of the Community and Economic Development Department that is responsible for administering housing rehabilitation programs, home ownership programs, and providing assistance to neighborhood and community service organizations.

Residential Assistance programs provide assistance to owner-occupied housing. The links at the right describe the various residential services offered, who to contact for those services, and other information on these programs.


Some Federal grants require organizations to obtain a Certificate of Consistency. This Certificate ensure the organization's grant application conforms with the City's 5-year Consolidated Plan. After the applicant completes the form it should be returned to the Neighborhood Development Programs Manager for review. It will then be signed by the Mayor's office and returned to the grant applicant to be submitted with the grant application.


Neighborhood Standards
Ordinances regarding property standards are also handled under this division. More information can be found by clicking here.


Fair Housing
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a longstanding commitment to eliminate racial and ethnic segregation and other discriminatory practices in the provision of housing. As stated on the HUD web site:

It is HUD's mission to promote nondiscrimination and ensure fair and equal housing opportunities for all. In an ongoing effort to provide services and activities on a nondiscriminatory manner and to affirmatively further fair housing, HUD is charged by law to implement and enforce a wide array of civil rights laws, not only for members of the public in search of fair housing, but for HUD funded grant recipients as well.

HUD extends the responsibility of affirmatively furthering fair housing to local jurisdictions through a variety of regulations and program requirements. For example, HUD requires all local jurisdictions participating in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) formula programs to complete an annual Consolidated Plan, which establishes a “unified vision for community development actions.” As part of the consolidated plan process, jurisdictions are required to complete an analysis of impediments to fair housing choice (“analysis of impediments”) report and to take actions to overcome the effects of any impediments identified through that analysis.

As part of our committment to providing assistance, Neighborhood Development also oversees Fair Housing. Housing discrimination is against the law.  Aside from federal and state laws, the City of Rockford has a fair housing ordinance that prohibits discrimination and provides protection for specific classes of people based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status.  This protection extends only to situations that occur within the Rockford city limits.  Situations that occur outside the city limits should be referred to either that municipalities local government offices, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, or the fair housing division of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


For additional information or assistance regarding the Fair Housing Ordinance, contact the Fair Housing Board at 779-348-7157.
Search Fair Housing Ordinances. Also, refer to Rockford's Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice


Additional information regarding Fair Housing can be found at Prairie State Legal Services.


City of Rockford Homestead Board

The City of Rockford Homestead Board, organized as a separate non-profit agency authorized by the State Statute, was created by the City of Rockford for the purpose of assisting this division with it's homebuyer programs.

The Rockford Homestead Board consists of seven members appointed by the Mayor with consent of City Council. The Board sets policies, counsels individuals on homeownership issues, and assists staff in program development. For further information, or to find out when the next Board meeting is, please contact the number below.

Direct all Homestead Board correspondence to:

City of Rockford Homestead Board
City Hall - 2nd floor Community Development Department
425 East State Street
Rockford, IL  61104
779-348-7162 (phone)
815-967-6933 (fax)

How do I become a contractor?

You can view the following documents to learn how to become a contractor:

Construction Rehabilitation Projects - General Conditions
Contractor's Policy A - Contractor's Handbook


Section 3 Of The Housing And Urban Development Act of 1968

Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, which recognizes that HUD funds are typically one of the largest sources of federal funding expended in communities through the form of grants, loans, entitlement allocations and other forms of assistance.  Since the City of Rockford is a recipient of at least $200,000 under one or more of the Section 3 HUD financial assistance programs, the City if required to comply with Section 3 under the covered programs.

To learn more about Section 3:
Section 3 Brochure
Section 3 paperwork for Neighborhood Development Contractors:
Section 3 Summary Report for Contractors

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