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.

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.

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.

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.

Please mail applications to:

City of Carbondale
Attn: Megan Brightharp
200 S. Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Please contact Megan with any questions at (618) 457-3258 or by email.