Durbin, Duckworth Announce 188,000 In Federal Funding To Support Safety And Security In Peoria Public Housing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a total of $188,032 to the Peoria Housing Authority.  This funding is provided through HUD's Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program, which supports local housing authorities as they address safety and security emergencies including sudden increases in violent or property-related crimes within their public housing community.  The grants may be used to install, repair, or replace capital needs items including, but not limited to, security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks, and doors.

“Improvements to Peoria’s public housing will enhance the quality of life for families who rely on this important service,” said Durbin.  “More than that, the local economy stands to benefit from this investment in infrastructure projects that will bring safety and modernization to Peoria’s public housing.”

“It’s important that public housing facilities help create safe communities for children and families,” said Duckworth. “This funding – and strong oversight concerning its distribution – will help improve housing conditions for Peoria families and I’ll keep working to ensure all Illinoisans have access to safe and affordable housing options.”

This funding is part of $5 million being awarded to 25 public housing authorities in 15 states.