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December 30, 2008

BCMW to receive housing funds

Staff Report

CHICAGO — BCMW is expected to receive $144,450 in funding for the Home Modification Program.

BCMW, which serves Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion and Washington counties, will receive a portion of the $2 million from the Illinois Housing Development Authority which will allocate funds to 14 non-profit and public agencies throughout the state.

The program adds ramps, chair lifts and other features to homes for low-income seniors and residents with disabilities.

“Providing increased mobility, such as adding ramps, rails, chairlifts and other improvements to their homes helps Illinoisans with special needs and empowers them by giving them the opportunity to live in community settings,” Governor Rod Blagojevich stated. “This program is vital to helping people on limited incomes maintain the independence that many take for granted.”

The program will attain a milestone of completing improvements for 200 low-income families with the newest round of grants, according to information from the state. The program began in 2006, and has awarded more than $5 million to remodel homes in Illinois. Residents who qualify for the help can receive up to $25,000.

“The Illinois Housing Development Authority is proud to lead the state’s efforts on the Home Modification Program,” IHDA Executive Director DeShana L. Forney stated. “Home modification does more than adapt homes for independent living. More importantly, the program gives families the challenges of disabilities affordable housing options enabling them to stay in their own homes and communities.”

Other agencies which are slated to receive the grant funding are: Coles County Regional Planning Development for $128,400; Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council which serves Jackson, Monroe, Perry and Randolph counties at $144,450; Will County Center for Community Concerns at $64,300; Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials serving Adams, Brown, Pike and Schuyler counties at $176,550; Shawnee Development Council, Inc., serving Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Union and Williamson counties at $128,400; Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, serving Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will counties at $128,400; City of Kankakee Community Development and Economic Agency at $128,400; Tri-County Opportunities Council serving Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside counties at $128,400; Ramp Up Foundation serving Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties at $278,400; City of Springfield Office of Planning and Development at $128,400; St. Clair Intergovernmental Grants Department at $144,450; and Wabash Area Development, Inc., serving Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, Wabash, Wayne and White counties at $144,450.

The grants will allow BCMW to serve nine homes in the area.

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