May 17, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth Announce Nearly $8 Million to Support Metro East Housing and Community Development


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that Metro East communities will receive $7,946,210 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 and HOME Investment Partnerships programs to help state and local governments expand economic opportunities and provide suitable living environments for low-to-moderate income individuals.

“This federal investment will give local agencies in the Metro East the ability to offer affordable housing and homeless assistance to people who need it most,” said Durbin. “I will continue to fight alongside Senator Duckworth to support federal programs that promote the health and well-being of Illinois’ residents.”

“Children and families in need all across the Metro East 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:

• Alton City: $904,694
• Belleville: $694,426
• East St. Louis: $1,547,632
• Madison County: $1,370,531
• St. Clair County: $1,307,206

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. Under this announcement, the following communities will receive funding:

• Madison County $956,480
• St. Clair County: $1,165,241