April 09, 2020

During the COVID-19 Crisis, Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1 Million for Housing Relief in Illinois


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $1,125,211 in federal funding to various organizations in Illinois to support housing assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS during the COVID-19 pandemic. These investments come from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) initiative. Aside from housing, HOPWA support can be used for mental health treatment, nutritional services, job training and placement assistance and help with daily living.

“Families in need across Illinois rely on investments like these that help improve housing conditions and reduce homelessness, especially amid the public health and economic crisis that is the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Duckworth. “Along with Senator Durbin, I’m proud to advocate for federal funding that help people with HIV in Illinois access the affordable housing and resources they need to stay safe and get ahead.”

“The CARES Act is historic in its scope and size, and will thankfully provide much-needed community assistance to Illinois,” Durbin said. “Low-income individuals living with HIV and AIDS are particularly vulnerable during this time, and this federal grant funding will provide critical support. Senator Duckworth and I will continue working to provide increased relief to Illinois during this challenging time.” 

Under today’s announcement, the following organizations will receive funding:

  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago: $474,722
  • Chicago House & Social Service Agency, Inc. $142,314
  • City of Chicago Public Health Department $165,409
  • Cornerstone Services, Inc. $95,477
  • Illinois Interfaith Residence Dba Doorways $107,626
  • University of Illinois, College of Medicine $139,663