Expand affordable housing


A couple of bills Gov. JB Pritzker signed Thursday deal with lower-income Illinoisans.

One bill gets $75 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act into a new COVID-19 housing assistance grant program.

“What people need is homes. And what businesses need is people in rooftops,” said Nancy Hughes Moyer, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Illinois. “We can’t have one without the other, so we can argue about all kinds of other strategies. But at the end of the day, we won’t really solve them until we bring people and homes to this community.”

The governor’s office says this will mean 3,500 additional rental units.

The second bill brings undocumented Illinoisans into the low-income utility program LIHEAP and also prioritizes families with small children.

Region: Springfield,News,Region: Central,City: Springfield

via News – WTAX 93.9FM/1240AM https://wtax.com

July 29, 2021 at 06:45PM

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