The Safety First Program is funded in partnership with the City of Aurora Community Development Block Grant, Joseph Corporation administers this program which addresses safety issues within the city limits of Aurora.

Eligible City of Aurora homeowners may receive a 0% interest free loan up to $4,999.00 for emergency home improvements to correct emergency or life and safety hazards in their home.

Eligible repairs include mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; roof and porch repairs or replacements.

Hardest Hit Illinois Program Joseph Corporation proudly patriciates in the Illinois Hardest Hit Fund Program, which provides mortgage assistance to homeowners.

Aurora Home Safety


Eligibility requires that the repair has anything to do with the safety of your home.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must complete a detailed application form providing information and allowing income and ownership verification.
  • Applicants must allow an inspection of the entire property both before and after the work is done.
  • Property must be located within the City of Aurora city limits.
  • Property must be owner-occupied.
  • The structure must comply with the proper zoning standards for the parcel of land, and cannot be located within a flood plain zone.
  • The structure must have a clear title. Clear title is defined for the program to be one, which states clearly who the property owner is. Examples of an unclear title which may be reason for denial include but are not limited to the following: excessive liens, ownership that is subject to change due to tax sale, contract purchaser, etc.
  • Applicants must have a household income less than 80% of median family income.

Do you have questions about Safety First?

What kind of repairs are eligible?

  • Furnace repair or replacement
  • Electrical upgrades
  • Plumbing/ water heater repairs or replacements
  • Roof repairs or replacement
  • Porch repairs
  • Furnace/boilers repairs or replacements

How much money is available for emergency repairs?

You can apply for a 0% interest free loan up to $4,999.00. If work beyond that limit is needed and you wish to pay for it with your own funds, you may do so.

How can I apply?

Contact the Joseph Corporation for an application or simply download the application.

What happens after I submit my application?

If your application is approved Joseph Corporation will contact you to set up an appointment to review your project. Joseph Corporation staff will solicit 3 bids on your behalf from qualified contractors. You will communicate directly with the contractor to schedule the work.

What if I have additional questions?

Call the Joseph Corporation at (630) 906-9400 or visit our offices at 32 South Broadway in downtown Aurora. You can also fill out the Contact Us form.

If you have received assistance from Joseph Corporation or the City of Aurora Division Neighborhood Redevelopment for housing repairs within the last 3 years or 36 months you are not eligible for the Safety First program. The 36 month period is counted from the date of the payment of the repairs. Once you have exceeded the 3 years or 36 months you may re-apply for assistance.