|HUD Region V No. 12-015
Laura J. Feldman
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February 10, 2012
HUD AWARDS NEARLY $500,000 TO TWO ILLINOIS HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO SUPPORT EMERGENCY, SAFETY AND SECURITY NEEDS IN PUBLIC HOUSING
CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded yesterday nearly $500,000 to Freeport and Rockford public housing agencies to address emergency, safety and security needs at their public housing properties, including measures necessary to fight crime and drug activities.
Funding and purpose are:
|Freeport||$250,000||Security Cameras, Lighting, Video Recorders|
|Rockford||$248,100||Security Cameras, Video Monitoring System|
"Feeling safe in your own home is essential in any neighborhood," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "These grants allow public housing authorities to make the necessary improvement to ensure families who live in public housing feel safe in their homes and surrounding neighborhoods."
"This money will help ensure the safety and security of our public housing residents in Freeport and Rockford and that's something we all value," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator.
Nationally, HUD is providing $4.1 million to 17 public housing authorities across the U.S. to support emergency, safety and security needs from HUD's Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program. Safety and security emergencies include sudden increases in threat levels that pose a risk to the health and safety of public housing residents due to violent crimes or property related crimes within the public housing community.
This funding may be used to install, repair, or replace capital needs items including, but not limited to, security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks and doors.
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