The Office of Urban Assistance will oversee existing programs such as the Employment Opportunities Grant Program; and implement new strategies such as the Urban Weatherization Initiative and the Illinois Fresh Food Financing Initiative.
In addition to these programs, the office will be responsible for:
- Incentivizing new industrial enterprises to locate in the urban areas of Illinois, thereby stimulating local economies and creating jobs;
- Gathering and providing information on revitalization efforts of urban areas to public and private entities;
- Recommending and formulating policies that result in the reconstruction of urban economies; and
- Recommending urban economic policies to the General Assembly and Governor relating to a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to: housing, urban youth unemployment, and business incubators.
For additional information, please contact:
Office of Urban Assistance
RFP for the Residential Weatherization Program - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (Department or DCEO) is pleased to announce the (first) release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Residential Weatherization Program (RWP). The Urban Weatherization Program is administered by the Department’s Office of Urban Assistance as authorized under the provisions of the Urban Weatherization Initiative Act (30 ILCS 738) (Act). This RWP will provide opportunities for eligible applicants to deliver weatherization services to households that qualify. The Urban Weatherization Initiative will offer weatherization services that are designed to increase energy savings; increase employment opportunities in targeted communities; and support local businesses by performing weatherization services including but not limited to, the installation of weatherization materials such as insulation, air sealing material, weather-stripping, furnace repair, cooling units and doors, minor repairs to walls, roofs, ceilings, floors, and windows.
Urban Assistance Enabling Statute
Office of Urban Assistance Projects