Durbin Announces Nearly $117 Million in HUD Funding for Illinois Communities and Housing Agencies

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois communities and housing agencies will receive $116,966,851 in grant funding through four programs administered by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


Community Development Block Grants


The Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program provides annual grants to states and local governments to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities principally for low and moderate income persons. CDBG funding is an important tool for helping local governments to tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The following communities will receive CDBG funding:


  • Aurora, $1,180,710; Chicago, $71,873,523; Dekalb, $412,064; Evanston, $1,587,064; McHenry County, $1,274,467; Moline, $663,669; Mount Prospect, $243,754; Normal, $409,223; Oak Lawn, $235,896; Oak Park, $1,489,086; Peoria, $1,589,868; Rock Island, $904,514 and Rockford, $1,917,939.


Emergency Shelter Grants


The Emergency Shelter Grants program provides annual grants to state, local and private entities to improve the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters. ESG funds are available for the rehabilitation or remodeling of a building used as a new shelter, operations and maintenance of the facility, essential supportive services and homeless prevention. The following communities will receive ESG funding:


  • Chicago, $6,565,495; Evanston, $151,839; Oak Park, $149,456; Peoria, $151,023 and Rockford, $166,572.


HOME Program


The HOME program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low and very low income families by providing grants to state and local governments to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities. HOME is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Each year the HOME program allocates approximately $2 billion among the States and hundreds of localities nationwide. The following communities will receive HOME program funding:


  • Aurora, $455,018; Chicago, $17,226,156; Evanston, $228,411; McHenry County, $422,911; Peoria, $481,835; and Rockford, $768,479.


Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)


The HOPWA program provides housing assistance and related supportive services to local units of government, States and non-profit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families:


  • Chicago, $6,417,879.