Household Eligibility

To qualify for assistance, the household must be located within the City of Moline, City of East Moline, City of Sterling or the City of Rock Island, meet certain income guidelines, and must have children less than 6 years old who reside in the home or visit the home on a regular basis (more than 200 hours per year). Households currently involved in an existing housing rehabilitation programs operated by the city or one of its partners are reviewed for program eligibility. Lead poisoned (children) cases are referred to the City by the Health Department. Cases where a child has an elevated blood level (ebl) are considered top priority applicants.

Rental Unit Eligibility

Owner occupied and owners of rental properties are encouraged to apply for assistance. Financial assistance for LHC work is provided as a three year forgivable 0% interest loan. A lien will be placed against the property. The recapture period begins when the work has received the final clearance, which has been verified by a third party laboratory.

Assistance to rental property owners participating in the Healthy Homes Program will be provided as a 0% interest-forgivable loan for a term of three years. If the owner has met all of the guidelines below at the end of the three years, the loan will be forgiven. The following guidelines apply:

  • Fifty percent of the units must be occupied by or made available to tenants at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI), and all remaining units must be occupied by or made available to tenants at or below 80% AMI.
  • Participating owners must give priority in renting units assisted for not less than three years to income-qualifying families with a child less than 6 years old.
  • Buildings with five or more units may have 20% of the units occupied by families with incomes above 80% of the AMI.

Application Process

Households with lead poisoned children will be referred to the program by the County or State Health Departments. If enrolled in a housing program operated by the City of Moline, City of East Moline, City of Sterling, City of Rock Island, Project NOW, or the Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation, you will automatically be considered for this program if eligibility criteria is met. For more information contact City of Sterling’s Building and Zoning Superintendent Amanda Schmidt 815-632-6624.