East St. Louis lands $250,000 for housing security systems

WASHINGTON – The Housing Authority of East St. Louis is getting $250,000 for the installation of camera security systems and security lighting at Roosevelt Homes.

It is the second grant awarded to the city through the Emergency Safety and Security grant program. In FY 2015, $250,000 went to security measures necessary to address crime and drug-related activity.

The latest grant was announced Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois.

“Our public housing agencies offer critically-needed affordable housing options to Illinoisans all across the state. This funding will help keep those residents, their families, and their communities safe,” said Durbin.

Today’s funding is made available through language Durbin first included in the FY2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill and continued in the FY2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. The language sets aside funding for emergency capital needs – including funding for safety and security measures – necessary to address crime and drug-related activity at public housing authorities.

The report language stresses the importance of using funds to protect housing authority residents. Durbin requested the language to ensure funding is available to housing authorities facing high rates of violent crime.

A total of $5 million in funding under the Emergency Safety and Security grant program was awarded nationwide today.

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