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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Illinois Receives More Than $2 Million In HUD Funding For Housing And Community Development

WASHINGTON – July 13th - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a total of $2,058,130 in grant funding to Illinois agencies through two programs – the Housing Counseling Grant Program and the Service Coordinator Program – to help families, seniors, and people with disabilities who live in insured and assisted apartment housing across the state live more independent lives. 
“This funding will give local housing agencies across Illinois the ability to expand and improve existing supportive services for families, seniors, and people with disabilities, helping them to continue to live as independently as possible in the communities they love and know,” Senator Durbin said. “These federal programs provide invaluable assistance to those in need and I will continue to fight for them in these times of uncertainty.” 
“It’s important that Americans who rely on additional assistance at home – including seniors and those living with a disability – have access to the resources they need to live healthy, independent lives,” said Senator Duckworth. “This funding will help improve housing conditions for families across Illinois and I’ll keep working to ensure every American has access to safe and affordable housing options.”
 Illinois housing authorities/ development agencies will receive a total of $1,037,179 in grant funding through HUD’s Housing Counseling Grant Program.  This program provides funding for counseling and advice to tenants and homeowners, both current and prospective, with respect to property maintenance, financial management/ literacy, and other matters appropriate to assist them in improving their housing conditions, meeting their financial needs, and fulfilling the responsibilities of tenancy or homeownership.
Twenty-two Illinois housing service providers will receive a total of $1,020,951 in HUD grant funding for the employment of Service Coordinators in insured and assisted apartment housing that is designed for the elderly and persons with disabilities.  A service coordinator is a social service staff person hired or contracted by the development’s owner or management company and is responsible for assuring that elderly residents and those non-elderly residents with disabilities are linked to the specific supportive services they need to continue living independently. 
source : press release

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