Durbin, Schneider Announce More Than $4.9 Million in HUD Funding For Chicagoland Housing and Community Development

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL) today announced that communities and housing agencies in the Chicagoland area will receive a total of $4,913,538 in grant funding through four programs administered by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help develop urban communities in the area. Under today’s announcement, Lake County will receive $3,904,349 in funding.

“This funding will give local development agencies around Chicago the ability to expand and improve affordable housing and other critical services in their communities,” Durbin said. “These federal programs provide invaluable assistance to those in need.” 

“No American should be forced to suffer the strain and indignity of inadequate housing and shelter,” said Schneider. “This grant funding will help our local communities provide their most vulnerable populations – namely seniors, low-income families and the homeless – with access to this most basic of necessities.”

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 Chicagoland communities will receive CDBG funding:

  • Lake County, Illinois will receive $2,467,191 in funding;
  • Waukegan, Illinois: will receive $782,734 in funding and;
  • North Chicago, Illinois will receive $226,455 in funding.

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. The following Chicagoland communities will receive HOME program funding:

  • Lake County, Illinois will receive $1,114,833 in funding.

Emergency Solutions Grants

The Emergency Solutions Grants program provides annual grants to state, local and private entities to improve the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters. Emergency Solutions 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 Chicagoland community will receive Emergency Solutions Grant funding:

  • Lake County, Illinois will receive $197,178 in funding.

Service Coordinator Program

The Service Coordinator Program provides funding for the employment of Service Coordinators in insured and assisted apartment housing that is designed for the elderly and persons with disabilities.  A service coordinator is a social service staff person hired or contracted by the development’s owner or management company.  The Service Coordinator is responsible for assuring that elderly residents, especially those who are frail or at risk, and those non-elderly residents with disabilities are linked to the specific supportive services they need to continue living independently.

  • Highland Park Apartments Associates (Lake County, Illinois) will receive $125,147 in funding.