News from the Reference Desk Category: Home & Housing

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Each year, the Village of Mount Prospect receives an allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funds are intended to create viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents.

The Village has two CDBG documents available for a public review period from June 29 – July 6, 2020. Hard copies of the plans are available in the Community Development Department, on the 2nd floor of Village Hall, and virtually through the links below. Comments may be submitted to the Community Development Department by phone at (847) 818-5328 or by email to alalagos@mountprospect.org.

Draft 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan / 2020 Action Plan

The Consolidated Plan is a comprehensive five-year planning document that identifies the overall housing and community development needs of the village, outlines available programs and resources, and establishes a strategy for prioritizing and addressing these needs. The goals of the Consolidated Plan are to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities to benefit low and moderate-income residents. The 2020 Action Plan includes the projects and the funding allocations for the program year running from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

Draft Substantial Amendments to 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan / 2019 Action Plan

On April 2, 2020, the Village of Mount Prospect was notified that it will receive a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG-CV) to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus. This special allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law on March 27, 2020. These funds are available for use during Program Year (PY) 2019 and 2020 and must be expended by September 30, 2022. To obtain CDBG-CV funding for PY 2019, the Village must submit Substantial Amendments to HUD for both the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and the 2019 Action Plan.

For more information on the CDBG program, please visit the Village’s CDBG webpage.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – September 2019

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Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Food

Rice Noodles. Yum.: Everyone's favorite Southeast Asian dishes Botanical baking: contemporary baking and cake decorating with edible flowers and herbs book cover healthy homemade dog treats: simple and delicious treats for your furry best friend

Rice. Noodles. Yum.: Everyone’s Favorite Southeast Asian Dishes by Abigail Sotto Raines, Creator of Manila Spoon

Botanical Baking: Contemporary Baking and Cake Decorating with Edible Flowers and Herbs by Juliet Sear

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: More than 70 Simple & Delicious Treats for your Furry Best Friend by Serena Faber-Nelson

New in House Plants

Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers book cover How to make a plant love you: Cultivate green space in your home and heart book cover Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants book cover

Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers by Leslie F. Halleck

How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in your Home and Heart by Summer Rayne Oakes

Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants by Hilton Carter

New in Better Living

Science the Sh*t Out of Life: Nerdy Solutions to Life's Little Problems book cover Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now book cover How To: Absurd scientific advice for common real-world problems book cover

Science and the Sh*t Out of Life: Nerdy Solutions to Life’s Little Problems by Colin Stuart

Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now by Jordan Kassalow and Jennifer Krause

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe

New in Games

The Floor is Lava and 99 more games for everyone, everywhere book cover The Everything Tabletop Games Book: rom Settlers of Catan to Pandemic, find out which games to choose, how to play, and the best ways to win! book cover   100 best solitaire games: featuring 100 classic, new, challenging, & just plain fun solitaires book cover

The Floor is Lava: And 99 More Games for Everyone, Everywhere by Ivan Brett.

The Everything Tabletop Games Book: From Settlers of Catan to Pandemic, Find Out Which Games to Choose, How to Play, and the Best Ways to Win!  by Bebo of Be Bold Games

100 Best Solitaire Games: Featuring 100 Classic, New, Challenging, & Just Plain Fun Solitaires by Sloane Lee & Gabriel Packard

Tip of the Month: Protection Against Mortgage Closing Scams

Scammers are increasingly targeting real estate professionals, seeking to compromise their email in order to monitor email correspondences with clients and identify upcoming real estate transactions. You may be impacted during the closing process as scammers send spoofed emails to home buyers – posing as the real estate agent, settlement agent, legal representative or other trusted individuals – with false instructions for wiring closing funds.  Get information about how you can avoid a mortgage phishing scam and what to do if it does happen.

Low-Income Resource

Is your family or a family you know struggling to become financially independent?
If so, check out Faith Community Homes for possible assistance.

Faith Community Homes serves the Northwest Suburbs providing rent assistance to low-income, working families for up to two years as well as professional case management and regular coaching from trained volunteer mentors.

For more information, check out their website: https://www.fchomes.org/

or this recent news article: Daily Herald Article – May 22nd, 2019

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – May 2019

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New Cookbooks

Salt Smoke Time: Homesteading and Heritage Techniques for the Modern Kitchen book cover The New Spanish: Bites, Feasts, and Drinks book cover Chetna's Healthy Indian book cover

Salt Smoke Time: Homesteading and Heritage Techniques for the Modern Kitchen  by Will Horowitz

The New Spanish: Bites, Feasts, and Drinks by Rarfea Faizullah

Chetna’s Healthy Indian: Everyday Meals Effortlessly Good for You by Chetna Makan

New in Travel

Lincoln Road Trip: The Back-Roads Guide to America's Favorite President book cover Booked: A Traveler's Guide to Literary Locations Around the World book cover The Big Trip: Your Essential Guide to Gap Years, Sabbaticals, and Overseas Adventures book cover

Lincoln Road Trip: The Back Roads to America’s Favorite President by Jane Simon Ammeson

Booked: A Traveler’s Guide to Literary Locations Around the World by Richard Kreitner

The Big Trip: Your Essential Guide to Gap Years, Sabbaticals and Overseas Adventures by Lonely Planet

New in Interior Design

Reclaiming Style: Using Salvaged Materials to Create an Elegant Home book cover Vintage Living: Creating a Beautiful Home with Treasured Objects from the Past book cover The Midcentury Kitchen: America's Favorite Room from Workspace to Dreamscape 1940s-1970s book cover

Reclaiming Style: Using Salvaged Materials to Create an Elegant Home by Maria Speake & Adam Hills of Retrouvius

Vintage Living: Creating a Beautiful Home with Treasured Objects from the Past by Bob Richter

The Midcentury Kitchen: America’s Favorite Room, from Workplace to Dreamscape, 1940s-1970s by Sarah Archer

New in Crafts

Mini Menagerie: 20 miniature animals to make in polymer clay book cover Sue Stratford's Knitted Aviary: A flock of 21 beautiful birds to knit book cover I Love My Dog Embroidery: 380 stitch motifs for dog moms and dads book cover

Mini Menagerie: 20 Miniature Animals to Make in Polymer Clay by Lynn Allingham

Sue Stratford’s Knitted Aviary: A Flock of 21 Beautiful Birds to Knit by Sue Stratford

I Love My Dog Embroidery: 380 Stitch Motifs for Dog Moms and Dads by MakikoArt