The community group, Centreville Citizens for Change (CCC), is seeking to restore their community of Centreville which has suffered for decades from stormwater flooding and sewage overflows. Centreville has a population that is 95.4% African-American and is across the river from St. Louis; in 2018 Centreville was named one of the poorest cities in America and the poorest in the State of Illinois. Residents here encounter stormwater flooding and sewage overflows due to barely operable sanitary sewer and stormwater systems which have been documented by media outlets and generated calls to action by Senators Duckworth and Durbin. These flooding events erode the foundations of the residents’ homes, inundates them with moisture from the flooding, leading to buckled floors, flooded basements, mold, lack of hot water and heat due to furnaces and hot water heaters damaged by the water and ultimately, deprives them of access to a functioning sanitation system and safe and adequate housing. CCC has been working with partner organizations by putting legal and public pressure on local and state governments and agencies to fix the dilapidated sewage, drainage, and water systems. However, residents of Centreville need these repairs to their homes, but with most surviving on fixed incomes, they can ill-afford to make these repairs.
Accordingly, with the assistance of partner organizations, CCC has created a Community Home Repair Fund that pours back into its community while also empowering Centreville residents to effect their own change. The Community Home Repair Fund, overseen by a sub-committee of five Centreville residents from CCC, reviews applications to the program and, once eligibility is determined, submits a homeowner's application to inspector for assesment to determine the repair needs of the home.
Donations to this Community Home Repair fund will address short-term repairs and remedy resident access to basic necessities such as hot water, heat and longer-term basement and foundation renovations to prevent uninhabitable housing conditions.
Any Centreville resident whose home has suffered damage due to stormwater flooding and/or sewage overflows is eligible to apply for funding for repairs through this program.
All donations provided are received by Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, the fiscal sponsor for CCC.