Durbin Announces Over $21 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 $21,105,325 in grant funding through three 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:


Berwyn, $1,023,353; Bolingbrook, $308,252; Cicero, $1,366,303; Cook County, $9,318,878; Des Plaines, $269,783; Hoffman Estates, $259,504; St. Clair County, $3,161,218.


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. Emergency Shelter Grants 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 community will receive Emergency Shelter Grant funding:


Cook County, $1,010,198; Peoria, $47,801; Rockford, $52,064


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:


Cook County, $3,677,940; St. Clair County, $610,031.