Kankakee’s Economic and Community Development Agency (ECDA) to Host Homebuyers Workshop


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Kankakee, IL – The City of Kankakee’s Economic and Community Development Agency (ECDA) is set to host their next workshop on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 for those interested in becoming homeowners. The homebuyers workshop will be held in the ECDA conference room in suite 410 located in the Kankakee Public Library from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Most recently, the Economic and Community Development Agency recovered approximately $1.5 million in grant funding whereas the ECDA advocated for $945,471 of unspent funds awarded to the city in previous years. Executive Director, Barbi Brewer-Watson, encourages residents to reach out to the ECDA to apply for housing rehab and homebuyers programs.

“Throughout the year, the ECDA team will be providing workshops to help inform our residents on how they can take advantage of our programs and resources. We want residents to find the City of Kankakee a place where they can build wealth and a place where they can dream, grow, and thrive.  These workshops are just one way our team is working to move Kankakee Forward,” said ECDA Executive Director, Barbi Brewer-Watson.

All ECDA bi-monthly workshops are free and open to the public. They will cover a variety of topics including sections from the certified homebuyer course in partnership with Midland States Bank, taxes, home fire safety with the Kankakee Fire Department, track spending and money management.

“There is great value in public education and keeping residents informed regarding the programs our Economic and Community Development Agency offers. These workshops will empower residents to utilize resources more efficiently and foster growth within our community,” said Mayor Wells-Armstrong.

To attend an ECDA workshop, RSVP in one of the following ways:

1. Select “going” on the workshop you would like to attend under the City of Kankakee’s events posted on Facebook @kankakeeil

2. Email your name and the workshop you would like to attend to yourvoice@citykankakee-il.gov.

3. Call Community Outreach Coordinator, Miya Graham at 815-933-0513.


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