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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2000

Governor Ryan Announces Additional Funding for Emergency Food and Shelter for the Homeless

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced nearly $1 million in expansion funds for Emergency Food and Shelter programs administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS).

"The Emergency Food and Shelter programs fill a critical need by providing funding for food, shelter and supportive services to non-profit organizations that serve the homeless people who are at risk of becoming homeless," Governor Ryan said. "These additional dollars will help support community outreach efforts to provide this vulnerable population with the services they need to survive while they rebuild their lives."

Shelter programs in Illinois consist of overnight shelters that provide emergency sleeping accommodations for up to12 hours and transitional shelters that may provide shelter, food and supportive services for up to two years. Supportive services help homeless individuals and families access a network of programs that can assist them in returning to self-sufficiency. These services include counseling, referral, follow-up and placement into permanent, affordable housing.

"Now is the time to intensify our efforts to identify homeless persons and begin the services they need before cold weather hits Illinois," said DHS Secretary Linda ReneƩ Baker. "These expansion grants will help our community partners accomplish this important goal."

Twenty-three community-based organizations will receive grants from $12,000 to $70,000 under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to serve the homeless.

GranteeCITYAmount
YMCA of Metro ChicagoAlsip$49,700
WINGS programArlington Heights$50,000
Mental Health CenterChampaign/Urbana $50,000
Salvation ArmyDecatur$30,750
Hope HavenDeKalb$44,440
Call for HelpEdgemont$47,892
Madison County Community DevelopmentEdwardsville$46,282
CPM Connections for the HomelessEvanston$70,000
Freeport Area Church CooperativeFreeport$ 29,128
Good Samaritan of Granite CityGranite City$35,157
Embarras River Basin AgencyGreenup$54,166
South Suburban PadsHomewood$50,000
Christian Family MinistriesJoliet$50,000
Salvation ArmyKankakee$40,000
Western Illinois Regional CouncilMacomb$15,000
Southern Illinois CoalitionMarion$47,688
Salvation ArmyPekin$40,000
YWCA of QuincyQuincy$16,000
Shelter Care MinistriesRockford$ 58,393
Lazarus HouseSt. Charles$44,184
Salvation ArmyStreator$12,060
MERCY CommunitiesSpringfield$ 50,000
Waukegan TownshipWaukegan$50,108
Total$980,948


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