CHICAGO – Housing authorities in Jackson and Jefferson counties are among 19 housing authorities across Illinois receiving part of over $33 million in American Rescue Plan Funds for Emergency Housing Vouchers in Illinois.
According to a press release Thursday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Housing Authority of the County of Jackson was awarded $155,316 to cover 17 vouchers. The Housing Authority of Jefferson County was awarded $153,048 to cover 15 vouchers.
“Addressing our nation’s homelessness crisis is a top priority for HUD,” Secretary Fudge said. “With COVID-19 still a threat and with the sweltering summer months just around the corner, the $1.1 billion we are announcing today comes at a critical time in our efforts to get people experiencing homelessness off the streets and into safe, stable homes. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, communities now have the robust resources they need to make significant progress toward ending homelessness.”
HUD awarded Illinois just over $33 million to cover the cost of 2,153 vouchers and related administrative costs, including upfront costs needed to stand up the program for an initial 18-month period.
The funding gives communities resources to assist individuals and families who are homeless; at risk of homelessness; fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; or recently homeless. It helps individuals and families find housing and remain stably housed long-term.