Durbin Announces More Than $674,000 In Federal Funding To Assist Homeless Veterans In Illinois

WASHINGTON, DC – April 20, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that both the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have awarded a total of $674,639 in grants and vouchers to communities across Illinois that will be used to expand supportive services and housing for veterans in Illinois.

“Last night, in Illinois alone, more than 1,200 homeless veterans were on the street. This country can do better—and must do better—for the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our nation honorably. This funding is a reflection of the promise we made to the men and women who serve this country to provide them with the housing and the health services assistance they earned during their service,” Durbin said.

Under today’s announcement, the following communities will receive funding from HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) tenant-based voucher program, which will help enables homeless veterans and their families to access affordable existing housing of their choice:

  • Peoria Housing Authority (Peoria, IL): will receive $26,173 in funding to support veterans seeking assistance through the VA Illiana Health Care System and the Peoria Community-Based Outpatient Clinic;
  • Springfield Housing Authority (Springfield, IL): will receive $55,673 in funding to support veterans seeking assistance through the VA Illiana (Danville) Health Care System and the Springfield Community-Based Outpatient Clinic;
  • Housing Authority of Champaign County (Champaign, IL): will receive $39,602 in funding to support veterans seeking assistance through the VA Illiana (Danville) Health Care System;
  • Decatur Housing Authority (Decatur, IL): will receive $50,464 in funding to support veterans seeking assistance through the VA Illiana (Danville) Health Care System and the Decatur Community-Based Outpatient Clinic;
  • Rockford Housing Authority (Rockford, IL): will receive $74,943 in funding to support veterans seeking assistance through the William S. Middleton (Madison) VA Medical Center and the Rockford Community-Based Outpatient Clinic;
  • Housing Authority of the City of Waukegan (Waukegan, IL): will receive $52,699 in funding to support veterans seeking assistance through the Captain James A. Lovell (North Chicago) Federal Health Care Center;
  • Whiteside County Housing Authority (Rock Falls, IL): will receive $51,527 in funding to support veterans seeking assistance through the Iowa City VA Health Care System and the Sterling Community-Based Outpatient Clinic:
  • Aurora Housing Authority (Aurora, IL): will receive $229,083 in funding and to support veterans seeking assistance through the Edward Hines Jr. (Hines)VA Medical Center and the Elgin Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, and;
  • McHenry County Housing Authority (McHenry, IL): will receive $94,475 in funding to support veterans seeking assistance through the Captain James A. Lovell (North Chicago) Federal Health Care Center and the McHenry Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.

The HUD-VASH funding provides rental assistance under a supportive housing program for homeless veterans.  Funds are awarded to public housing agencies that have agreed to partner with eligible VA medical facilities.

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