News from the Reference Desk Category: Home & Housing

Suburban Cook County Rental Assistance Program

Income-eligible suburban Cook County residents who have struggled to pay their rent during the apartment building clip artpandemic can apply for a lottery rental assistance program. Money for this program will come from the federal CARES Act funds.  These funds will be administered by the Housing Authority of Cook County. The application period for the lottery opens on Monday, August 10 and closes on August 18.  Up to $4500 will be paid to a landlord for an eligible household selected in the lottery. Funding will be available to suburban renters with household incomes under 80 percent of the area median income  Residents can review their eligibility and apply for assistance here.

Your credit and the CARES Act

If you made accommodations with your lenders or creditors due to financial hardships related to coronavirus, follow these steps from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to ensure that your credit reports and scores are not negatively impacted. On this page you’ll also find helpful info relating to mortgage relief options, student loans and avoiding scams!

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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.