Durbin Meets With Veterans, Highlights Federal Funding To Prevent Homelessness

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today visited Chestnut Health Systems to meet with veterans and highlight new federal funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to prevent homelessness. Earlier this fall, Durbin announced more than $9.5 million to prevent homelessness among Illinois veterans and their families, which included $510,116 for Chestnut.

Durbin Announces $620 Million In Federal Funding For Economic And Community Development

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $620 million in federal funding to spur economic and community development in distressed and low-income communities across Illinois. This funding, provided through the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), will provide resources for local jobs, community facilities, and safe and affordable housing.

City of Chicago Awarded Federal Funding to Support 150 Housing Units for Homeless Veterans

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) CEO Eugene Jones Jr. today announced that CHA has been awarded $1.3 million in project-based voucher subsidies with supportive services to support the long-term affordability of housing for homeless veterans, the second-largest award among housing agencies in the country.


The Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Housing Authority today approved support for a number of developments that will expand housing opportunities, showing the agency’s commitment to providing more housing options for low-income and formerly homeless individuals

Mayor Emanuel Announces Elks National Service Commission Grant to Support Chicago in Addressing Veterans...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the City’s Ending Veterans Homelessness Initiative (EVHI) is receiving a $100,000 grant from the Elks National Veterans Service Commission that will be used to launch a Veterans Emergency Fund. The $100,000 in private funding, provided by the Elks, will help support at least 50 veterans in securing stable housing, and is another step in the City’s commitment to ending veteran homelessness in Chicago

Mayor Emanuel Announces Covenant House International to Expand Shelter for Homeless Youth in Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Covenant House International today announced plans of a new program to build on services by existing homeless service providers in Chicago and to increase shelter beds, street outreach, and additional opportunities for youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Covenant House will work alongside the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), service providers and community leaders to finalize details and identify a priority area for shelter space to best serve youth.

Mayor Emanuel Launches Citywide Task Force to Reduce Homelessness Citywide

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the launch of a citywide task force dedicated to addressing and reducing homelessness in Chicago. The Task Force to Reduce Homelessness will focus on improved coordination between city and sister departments, increased efficiencies in service delivery, and identifying additional resources to devote to these efforts. Lisa Morrison Butler, Commissioner of the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), will serve as chair of the task force.

Quigley Goes “Undercover” at A Safe Haven

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, went “undercover” to conduct mock interviews for a job readiness class at A Safe Haven, a non-profit social enterprise that empowers families and individuals experiencing homelessness or crisis with the skills necessary to transform their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.

Durbin Announces More Than $443,000 In Federal Funding To Assist Homeless Veterans In Illinois

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 enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable existing housing of their choice

Bustos Supports Bipartisan Effort to Assist Homeless Veterans

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) continued her efforts to assist homeless veterans by voting for the Homes for Heroes Act, which passed the House on a bipartisan basis.

Kirk Visits Veteran Employer and Job Creator Rags of Honor

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today met with veterans who work at Rags of Honor, a silk-screening business that works to get homeless veterans off the streets, and talked with leadership and veterans about S. 1004, the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act, which was introduced earlier this year with five bipartisan cosponsors. The bill requires the President to issue a proclamation each year that calls on United States citizens to observe two minutes of silence on Veterans Day in honor of the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout history

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

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.


Chicago, IL - September 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- A team of local government and nonprofit leaders recently capped off a 100-day collaborative effort to end chronic homelessness in Chicago, resulting in over 400 individuals and families moving from the streets and into housing. Another 120 veterans, most of them chronically homeless, were issued rental assistance through the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Chicago Housing Authority federal grant partnership called VASH (Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing).


WASHINGTON - September 4, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the allocation of nearly $29 million to the City of Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, and the State of Illinois to help these communities recover from devastating spring storms, strong winds and flooding. These grants are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent of ‘unmet need.’

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Illinois Families Stay in Their Homes

CHICAGO, IL - June 21, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will ensure struggling homeowners in Illinois have a grace period of up to 90 days before foreclosure - giving families extra time to get back on track and stay in their homes. The bill extends an existing law the governor first signed in 2009 and is part of his commitment to keeping Illinois families in their homes and driving our economy forward


Investigation by CHA and HUD Inspectors General ends with guilty plea...

The Chicago Housing Authority will receive restitution for money stolen by a former contractor and her husband after the pair pleaded guilty to stealing funds intended for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a crime that was exposed following an investigation by the CHA’s Office of the Inspector General.


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