The City of East Chicago Department of Redevelopment is located in East Chicago, Indiana is the lead agency, acting on behalf of the City of East Chicago, in administering the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) formula grants. These programs provide annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. The formula is based, in part, upon the population, age of housing stock, poverty level and unemployment in the City of East Chicago.
In order to receive these funds on an annual basis, HUD requires that the City submit a 5-year plan, which is known as the Consolidated Plan and an annual plan, which is known as the Annual Action Plan. The Consolidated Plan and the Action Plan are developed with input from the community through public meetings, written comments and recommendations. At the end of each program year, HUD requires that the City submit the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), which highlights the accomplishments that the City has achieved annually.
CDBG funds may be used for a variety of efforts within the City, provided that the beneficiaries of the projects and programs are principally individuals and families with income below 80% of the area medium income. Over the years, CDBG funds have been utilized for single and multi-family rehabilitation, infrastructure improvement, park improvements, job training programs and public service programs.
Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds are also to benefit those families and individuals whose income is below 80% of the area medium income and is used to help expand the supply of decent, affordable housing for low and very low-income families to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities. HOME funds also have a requirement that at least 15 percent of the allocations be used to fund housing to be owned, developed, or sponsored by experienced, community-driven nonprofit groups designated as Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs.)
The Department of Redevelopment oversees the City’s two Tax Increment Funding Districts (TIF) which collect tax revenue within their districts and use the revenue for a variety of infrastructure projects:
1. Street improvements in North Harbor
2. Park improvement in North Harbor
3. Project acquisition for Redevelopment Purposes

It is with the Citizens of East Chicago in mind that we the staff of the Department of Redevelopment and the Redevelopment Commission seeks to develop an interactive and informative website. This site will provide you with an array of information on Department activities, property meeting and plans.

It continues to be our goal to meet the ever changing needs of our community, while enhancing the overall quality of life for all who live, do business and work here. This site will reflect our continuing efforts to communicate effectively with the residents of East Chicago. Thank you for visiting the site and we hope you find it useful and informative.
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THE CITY OF EAST CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF REDEVELOPMENT

The Department of Redevelopment monitors annual federal entitlements to the City of East Chicago from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City receives an allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds annually based upon a formula created by HUD which is based partly upon the age of housing stock, poverty level and unemployment of the City. These annual awards are to be used for projects and programs which benefit low to moderate income persons and to eliminate slum and blighting conditions in the City of East Chicago.

The City develops annually a Housing and Community Development Plan, known as the Consolidated Plan (CD). The Consolidated Plan is developed with input from the community (public meetings, written comments and recommendations, etc.) which make recommendations for the use of the CDBG funds.

CDBG funds may be used for a variety of efforts within the City provided the beneficiaries of the efforts (Programs and Projects) are principally individuals and families with income below 80 percent (80%) of the area medium income. In past years CDBG funds have been used for housing rehabilitation, new home construction, infrastructure improvements, park improvements and job training programs.

Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds are also to benefit those families and individuals whose income is below 80 percent of the area medium income and may be used on similar projects funded by CDBG. However, a certain percentage of HOME funds are to be used by local Community Development Corporations (CDC) to carryout programs.

The Department of Redevelopment oversees the City's two Tax Increment Funding Districts (TIF) which collect tax revenue within their districts and use the revenue for a variety of infrastructure projects:

  • Street improvements in North Harbor
  • Park improvement in North Harbor
  • Project acquisition for Redevelopment Purposes

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The Department of Redevelopment monitors annual federal entitlements to the City of East Chicago from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
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Telephone: (219) 391-8513
Fax: (219) 391-7005
Email: frivera@eastchicago.com
what we do
The Department of Redevelopment oversees the City's two Tax Increment Funding Districts (TIF) which collect tax revenue within their districts and use the revenue for a variety of infrastructure projects: