|HUD Region V No. 12-036
Laura J. Feldman
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March 16, 2012
HUD AWARDS $239,000 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 (HUD) awarded today $239,000 to housing authorities in Illinois to address emergency, safety and security needs at their public housing property, including measures necessary to fight crime and drug activities.
The following housing authorities in Illinois will receive this funding:
|Champaign County Housing Authority||$164,000||Security Cameras/Lighting/Fence|
|Saline County Housing Authority||$75,000||Security Cameras|
"Everyone should feel safe at home and when they walk around their community," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "These grants allow public housing authorities to make necessary improvements in and around public housing buildings to ensure families who live in public housing feel safe in their homes and their immediate surroundings."
"This money will help provide security cameras and lighting to ensure the safety and security of our public housing residents in Champaign and Saline Counties", said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator. "Being safe and secure at home is something we all value."
Nationally, HUD is providing nearly $3.8 million to 20 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. Last month, HUD awarded $4.1 million to 17 public housing authorities for this purpose.
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.
In February HUD awarded nearly $500,000 to Freeport and Rockford, Ill., to support emergency, safety and security needs.
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