Will County approves community development grants

Brock A. Stein | 7/26/2017, 2:57 p.m.
The county also will receive just over $173,000 in grant funding to combat the opioid crisis.

The Will County Board has approved just over $2 million in Community Development Block Grants that will be used for projects throughout the county.

The approved grants include funding for volunteer training at CASA of Will County, funds for the removal of blighted buildings around the county and a grant for the Will County Center for Community Concerns that will help fund services to help the homeless.

The Fairmont Community is also set to receive grants that will fund upgrades to its flood management system for $271,000. The multi-year project is projected to cost around $935,000.

Fairmont will also receive a $295,000 emergency housing rehab grant as well as $225,000 for home rehab projects as well.

The nearby Ridgewood Neighborhood will receive $115,000 for sewer improvements and the Shawnita Water association is set to receive a $250,000 grant that will help fund a new connection to the City of Joliet’s water supply. A memo about the project cites the water association numerous EPA violations and its inability to provide an “adequate water supply.”

Will County Board member Annette Parker (District 9) said that the funding for the Fairmont Community projects “will revitalize the Fairmont community” with new housing and infrastructure.

The county is also set to receive just over $173,000 in Illinois Department of Human

Services grant funds that will assist with the continued efforts to reduce opioid overdose deaths around Will County.

The funds will be used to equip EMS, police and other first responders with naloxone, a drug which can immediately reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. The funds will also be used for training and other outreach efforts.