City-Funded Housing Programs

The City offers a wide variety of housing assistance programs including the following:

Curb Appeal Assistance Program

The Curb Appeal Assistance Program offers funding for homeowners to renovate and update the exterior of their home. The City will provide no less than $500 and no more than $3,000 towards curb appeal projects.

At this time, all funds for the Curb Appeal Assistance Program have been allocated for the 2020 Fiscal Year (May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020). To be added to the waiting list for future funding, contact Megan Brightharp at 618-457-3258 or by email

Down Payment Assistance Program

The Down Payment Assistance Program offers funding to prospective home buyers who are purchasing their first home within the City limits. The City will provide up to $3,000 towards the down payment of the home.

At this time, all funds for the Down Payment Assistance Program have been allocated for the 2020 Fiscal Year (May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020). To be added to the waiting list for future funding, contact Megan Brightharp at 618-457-3258 or by email

Downtown Upper-Story Conversion Program

The Downtown Upper-Story Conversion Program offers a $2,500 incentive for owners of commercial property within the BPR, Primary Business, district for the conversion of upper stories into habitable living space.

The City will award $2,500 for each dwelling unit, up to a max of $5,000 per property. As a requirement of the program, the owner is required to enter into a TIF redevelopment agreement with the City.

At this time, all funds for the Downtown Upper-Story Conversion Program have been allocated for the 2020 Fiscal Year (May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020). To be added to the waiting list for future funding, contact Megan Brightharp at 618-457-3258 or by email

Single Family Housing Conversion Program

The Single Family Housing Conversion Program is designed to stimulate and encourage the conversion of single family houses that have been registered rentals to owner occupied homes.

A $5,000 grant will be given to approved home buyers of a single family house that has been registered with the City of Carbondale's Mandatory Rental Housing Inspection Program in excess of two years at the time of purchase.

At this time, all funds for the Single Family Housing Conversion Program have been allocated for the 2020 Fiscal Year (May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020). To be added to the waiting list for future funding, contact Megan Brightharp at 618-457-3258 or by email