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Agencies across Illinois receive funding to address homelessness


U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, says 28 local homeless housing and service programs in Illinois will receive a total of $6,537,616 in new federal grant funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care Program.

The Continuum of Care Program provides funding to communities and organizations that are dedicated to achieving the goal of ending homelessness. Grant recipients use funding through this program to provide critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

“Last night, in Illinois alone, nearly 1,000 veterans went to sleep on the street. Nationally, throughout the year, close to 380,000 children under the age of 18 will experience homelessness for longer than one week,” said Durbin. “In a country with as many resources as ours, those numbers are far, far too high. I applaud the many organizations in Illinois that are dedicated to ending homelessness and will continue working in D.C. to achieve that goal.”

The following programs received new HUD funding:

• Bethany for Children & Families (Moline)
o Housing Families NOW: $112,658
o Housing Teens NOW: $61,649
• C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation, RRH: PH 2017-18 from SSO Reallocation (Effingham): $199,675
• Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Rapid Rehousing (Chicago): $99,930
• City of Rockford, FY2016 YSN MELD New Rapid Rehousing One (Rockford): $91,871
• Cornerstone Services, Inc., Chronic 10 (Joliet): $170,815
• DuPage P.A.D.S., Inc., Liberty Place (Wheaton): $262,449
• Facing Forward to End Homelessness, Safe at Home V (Chicago): $1,436,203
• Good Samaritan House of Granite City, Inc., Good Samaritan House Rapid Rehousing project (Granite City): $88,526
• Guardian Angel Community Services, Suzy’s Caring Place (Joliet): $126,209
• Housing Forward, WIN Supportive Housing II (Maywood): $559,896
• Illinois Valley Economic Development Corporation, IVEDC PH Rapid Rehousing 2016-2017 (Gillespie): $77,543
• La Casa Norte, Palante Phase 5 (Chicago): $346,420
• Lake County, Victoria Veterans Housing (Libertyville): $67,016
• M.E.R.C.Y. Communities Inc., M.E.R.C.Y. Communities Chronically Homeless Families (Springfield): $37,061
• Madison County, Madison County Housing First (Edwardsville): $262,031
• Northwest Compass, Inc., Community Family Homes Initiative IV (Mount Prospect): $159,663
• PADS Lake County, Inc., PADS Coordinated Entry System (Waukegan): $39,000
• Project NOW, Inc., Permanent Supportive Housing (Rock Island): $117,386
• Public Action to Deliver Shelter, Inc., LIGHT-House 6 (Aurora): $78,781
• Renaissance Social Services, Inc., Family Support Project (Chicago): $1,436,204
• The Interfaith Housing Development Corporation of Chicago, New West Englewood Homes (Chicago): $250,000
• Thresholds Inc. (Chicago)
o Thresholds McHenry Rental Assistance Project: $52,853
o Thresholds Lake County Leasing Project: $101,876
• Tri-County Opportunities Council, Permanent Supportive Housing (Rock Falls): $77,300
• Turning Point, Inc., Collaborative Rapid Rehousing for DV Survivors (Woodstock): $59,244
• Youth Service Bureau, Permanent Supportive Housing For Chronic Homeless Older Adolescents (Springfield): $22,277

In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness launched the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Since then, homelessness among Veterans has been reduced by 33 percent. The number of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness has fallen by 21 percent. Homelessness among families with children has decreased by 15 percent, including a 53 percent reduction in unsheltered homelessness among families.

More than 410 Illinois organizations across the state received funding under this announcement, in planning, renewal or new grants. A list of all grant recipients and the funding that they have received is available here.

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