Welcome to the City of Evanston’s e-newsletter about the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2). This program, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), was designed to help stabilize neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by the effects of foreclosed and abandoned properties. Evanston was awarded $18.15 million to stabilize portions of west and south Evanston as well as generate economic opportunities for local residents and businesses.

Throughout the course of the program, this newsletter will provide information about the program; updates about subcontracting and employment opportunities; housing opportunities; and progress reports about this exciting program in Evanston.

Property Acquisition

The City of Evanston is in the process of acquiring foreclosed homes in west and south Evanston. Acquired properties will be rehabilitated and then reoccupied by income-eligible households. Nine properties have been acquired to date, with an additional 14 under site control. Rehabilitation work is expected to commence in late October on six of the acquired properties. In total, 34 units have been acquired or are under site control. After rehabilitation, those units will yield 37 units that will be available for sale or lease.

Economic and Employment Opportunities

The City is committed to increasing economic opportunity for low-income persons through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 3 hiring and sub-contracting goals. We are maintaining a database of certified Section 3 individuals seeking employment. This database will be made available as a resource to assist businesses awarded NSP2 subcontracts with their hiring needs and requirements.

Additionally, the City requires that a minimum of 25 percent of NSP2 construction contracts go to Minority, Woman and Evanston-based Business Enterprises (M/W/EBE). To facilitate this, the City seeks to certify businesses and individuals to meet HUD’s Section 3 goals and as Evanston Based Enterprises (EBE). Firms seeking certification as EBEs may also be certified as minority or woman-owned. Businesses which are not Evanston-based will have to submit certification from another entity in order to be considered as a minority or woman-owned enterprise.

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Please allow a minimum of two weeks for written notification.

Subcontractors – Bid Packages

The first bid package for rehabilitation work will be released on Friday October 1st at 10 a.m. Bid packages will be available for pick-up in Room 3104, Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Proposals will be due to BCM, LLC via e-mail or fax by 12 p.m. central time on October 22nd.

A presubmission conference will be held Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 10:00 in Council Chambers of the Morton Civic Center. Inspections of the properties will occur on Wednesday October 6th. Inspections will be mandatory for bid consideration. A detailed inspection schedule will be included in the bid package.

Subcontrators – Financing & Bonding Seminar Oct. 14

The City of Evanston will be sponsoring a free Financing and Bonding Seminar for Evanston residents, businesses and those looking to do business in Evanston on Thursday, October 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 4th Floor, 2100 Ridge Ave. Learn more>>>

Interested Homebuyers & Renters

We expect the first set of NSP2 properties will be available for sale and/or lease in early 2011.To be notified of housing opportunities, please e-mail Jolene Saul at jsaul@cityofevanston.org. A form will soon be available to sign-up for housing notifications. If you have specific housing needs such as large family size or a disability, please indicate this in your e-mail.

All homes will be available to households with incomes at or below 120 percent of the area median income. Some homes will be restricted to households making no more than 50 percent of the area median income.

Questions?

Questions regarding the City’s NSP2 program as well as completed certification forms and documentation should be directed to:

Jolene Saul, AICP
Housing Development Specialist – NSP2
Department of Community & Economic Development
City of Evanston
2100 Ridge Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847/448-8166
E-mail: jsaul@cityofevanston.org