May 17, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $4 Million to Support Northern Illinois Housing and Community Development


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that Northern Illinois communities will receive $4,341,689 in federal grant funding through programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding was allocated through HUD’s Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Solutions Grants, and HOME Investment Partnerships programs to help local governments expand economic opportunities and provide suitable living environments for low-to-moderate income individuals.

“This federal investment will give local development agencies in Rockford and Rock Island the ability to offer affordable housing and homeless assistance to the people who need it most,” said Durbin. “I will continue fighting with Senator Duckworth for federal funding that promotes the health and well-being of Illinois’ residents.”

“Children and families in need all across Northern Illinois rely on investments like these that help improve housing conditions and reduce homelessness,” said Duckworth. “Along with Senator Durbin, I’m proud to be advocating for federal funding for programs that foster safe communities and help ensure all Illinoisans have access to the affordable housing they need to get ahead.”

The Community Development Block (CDBG) Grants program provides annual grants to States and local units of government 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. Under this announcement the following communities will receive funding:

• Rockford: $2,130,539
• Rock Island: $1,039,963

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program provides annual grants to State, local, and private entities to assist people in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. In addition to rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention, the ESG program also provides limited funding for street outreach as well as for improving the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters.

• Rockford: $178,770

The HOME program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low- and very low-income families by providing grants to States and local governments to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities.

• Rockford: $992,417