The city of Rock Island has the ability to make some improvements and wants to hear from you on what those improvements are to be.

This is your opportunity to tell the city how to spend, which at the end of the day, is basically your tax money.

Housing and Urban Development and Community Development Block Grant

Recently the city announced a new Downtown Alliance meant to restore glory to Downtown Rock Island and The District.

The city also received $276,000 for an "Arts Alley".

But this $1.1 million is different from any of that.  The money represents the expected annual allocation from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs.

You Can Tell Rock Island How To Spend It

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The public is invited to offer feedback from now to May 11.

The plan includes the following projects and estimated budgets for public review and comment:

  • Administration $222,680
  • Neighborhood Housing Service Delivery $241,711
  • Neighborhood Housing Rehabilitation $690,191
  • Public Service $167,010
  • Demolition $132,000

The city also has $340,191 in unexpended funds from the previous program years and $636,132 for the Commercial and Industrial Revolving Loan Fund business.

You can take a look at the plan at:

  1. The City of Rock Island website.
  2. City Hall,1528 Third Ave., 2nd floor
  3. Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th St.
  4. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 630 9th St.


The City will also host two public meetings relating to city support of fair housing, neighborhood improvement, public facility improvements, and affordable housing priorities.

On April 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in council chambers located at City Hall, 1528 Third Ave. The meeting can be accessed online or by phone at 224-801-4853 PIN: 293 166 608#

On May 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the meeting will be held in council chambers in City Hall, 1528 Third Ave. The meeting can be accessed as online meeting or by phone at 631-898-6533 PIN: 750 408 640#

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