The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) announced an Abandoned Property Program Round Five grant award to the city of Peoria Community Development Department in the amount of $45,000. The funds will be used for demolition of abandoned residential structures in the 61605 zip-code in the City.

Since 2015, the department has been awarded over $430,000 in IHDA’s Abandoned Property Program funds, allowing for 35 structures to be demolished through the program.

Before each house is demolished, Community Development staff first evaluates the structure for rehabilitation, instead of demolition. Unfortunately, most houses that have demolition orders are without plumbing, electrical, or intact HVAC systems.  Demolition is the last resort for structures not feasible for rehabilitation.

For more information related to the Community Development Department, please visit AppreciatePeoria.com.

For questions related to the City of Peoria Demolition Program, please contact Assistant Community Development Director, Joe Dulin, at 309-494-8631 or jdulin@peoriagov.org.