ROCKFORD - The tall task of eliminating abandoned properties in the Forest city just got a bit easier.
The Illinois Housing Development Authority Board approved a $250,000 grant to the city. The money will be used to bring down approximately 30 more properties within the next year.
"The properties we will be targeting are properties that are negatively affecting adjacent property, are associated with crime, are an increased fire risk, and affect the overall health of neighborhood and its residents" says the city's Community and Economic Development Director Todd Cagnoni.
Rockford is one of just 53 municipalities and counties that received a grant from the state.