Home Improvement

West Bluff Homeownership Grant Program

If you are an owner-occupant of a home that was previously a rental, you can apply for up to $2,500 to assist with exterior renovations such as porches, steps, doors, windows, soffits, fascia, gutters, roofs, chimneys, brick, foundation, tuck pointing. You must live in the home for two years following receipt of grant funds. To receive funds, your project must be approved by the West Bluff Homeownership Grant Program Committee before you begin the work. Click here to download an application.

For more information, contact Pat McNamara (work 675-9271, home 674-3611, patrickamcnamara@insightbb.com)


To see what home repair projects require a permit, check the city inspections web page.

Architectural Salvage

If you are remodeling, donate your old fixtures, kitchen cabinets, hardware, etc. or purchase someone else’s.

931 N. Douglas
Hours: M – F 8 am to 5 pm; Sat 9 am to 1 pm

Old House Society
East Douglas Street
Bloomington, Illinois

The Old House Society website includes listings of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis salvage shops as well as links to related not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.

Lead Paint

Peoria City/County Health Department

Get information about how to safely remodel if you have children under 6. If your child’s lead test comes back elevated (over 10), the health department can do a free lead inspection on your house. If you have children under 6, YOU WILL HAVE TO REMEDY ANY PROBLEM WITHIN 30 DAYS AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE. Ask if they can do a unofficial walk through to tell you where they think the problem is. If the source of lead is minute dust particles from inside the old window frame, an easy remedy is to keep windows shut until after age two, when your child is less susceptible (not putting hands in mouth all the time).

For more information on lead, see the EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadinfo.htm#checking