Community First October Newsletter

  • October 2, 2020
The October 2020 edition of the Community First Newsletter is now available. 
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Deadline Approaching for Community Investment Advisory Council Nominations
FHLBank Chicago is accepting nominations to its Community Investment Advisory Council through Wednesday, October 7. The Advisory Council, comprised of affordable housing and/or community lending leaders residing in Illinois or Wisconsin, meets quarterly with staff and representatives of FHLBank Chicago’s Board of Directors to advise on ways in which FHLBank Chicago can better carry out its housing finance and community lending missions. To nominate an individual to the Advisory Council, please complete and submit the 2021 Nomination Form.


FHLBank Chicago Targeted Impact Fund 
FHLBank Chicago extended the application deadline for the Targeted Impact Fund through Tuesday, November 10, 2020, to give our members the maximum amount of time to provide relief grants to beneficiaries in Illinois and Wisconsin. Every member can apply for up to $20,000 in grants to provide direct support to those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis as well as organizations that promote equity and opportunity for communities of color. Learn more about the Targeted Impact Fund through our COVID-19 Resource Center


Downpayment Plus Program Update 
FHLBank Chicago’s 2020 Downpayment Plus® (DPP®) and Downpayment Plus Advantage® (DPP Advantage®) programs opened on Monday, January 13, 2020. So far this year, participating members have reserved $15.3 million on behalf of more than 2,700 homebuyers. The annual member limit remains $420,000, available on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. 

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Community Small Business Advance Available 
FHLBank Chicago members can access the Community Small Business Advance with 0% financing to support small business lending in income-eligible communities throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. This product combines competitive pricing with support for local economies and community revitalization efforts. In order to qualify, members must complete the Community Small Business Advance application and demonstrate the eligibility of the small business as outlined in the application.


Advisory Council Spotlight
Advisory Council's Commitment to Racial Equity
FHLBank Chicago’s Community Investment Advisory Council recently launched a working group to ensure that our Community Investment programming reflects our steadfast commitment to racial equity. Over the next several months, the working group will review Community Investment programs using a lens of racial equity, identify opportunities for enhancements, and make recommendations to ensure all products promote equity and are accessible to all. Thank you to all of our working group members.

Project Spotlight
Monroe Street Apartments
Location: Waterloo, Wisconsin
AHP Award: $228,000
Member: Nicolet National Bank
Sponsor: Movin' Out, Inc.
Photo courtesy of Movin' Out, Inc. 

Contact Us

Please direct all media inquiries to:

Casey Reidy 
Director, Communications

Heather Bockstruck
Assistant Director, Communications