|HUD Region V No.2.2010-11-24
Laura J. Feldman
November 24, 2010
HUD ANNOUNCES $6.6 MILLION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN COOK COUNTY
CHICAGO - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced Cook County will
receive more than $6.6 million to support community development and produce more affordable housing. HUD's
annual funding will also help find homes for individuals and families living on the streets.
"This funding provides the building blocks needed to improve communities," said Donovan. "Now, more than ever,
these grants promote neighborhood development, produce affordable housing, and help extremely low-income
persons find their place in their communities."
The funding announced today includes:
- $ 6,232,906 in HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding;
- $ 435,001 in Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG).
HOME (HOME Investment Partnerships Program) is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to produce affordable housing for low-income families. Since 1992, more than 600 communities have completed nearly 950,000 affordable housing units, including 403,000 for new homebuyers. In addition,
224,000 tenants have received direct rental assistance.
Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) provides homeless persons with basic shelter and essential supportive services.
It can assist with the operational costs of the shelter facility, and for the administration of the grant. ESG also provides short-term homeless prevention assistance to persons at imminent risk of losing their own housing due to eviction, foreclosure, or utility shutoffs.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.