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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2004

Governor announces $225,000 for housing and homeless projects
Four suburban organizations to benefit from funds

CHICAGO - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced $225,000 in grants to four Chicagoland organizations that address the issues of affordable housing and homelessness.  P.A.D.S. of Elgin is receiving $125,000 towards construction of a new homeless shelter; McHenry County P.A.D.S. is getting $12,500 to offset costs related to construction of a day services center; $37,500 is going to the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb for construction of a new building; and, the Village of Glendale Heights will use a $50,000 grant for redevelopment of a home for use by low-income residents.  
 
“These organizations and agencies fill an important void for many of our low and moderate income residents in providing both short and long term shelter,” said Governor Blagojevich. “These funds will go a long way in providing a safe place for disadvantaged residents as they work towards self-sufficiency.”
 
P.A.D.S. of Elgin
P.A.D.S. (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) of Elgin is constructing a permanent homeless shelter facility at 309 W. New Indian Trail Court.  In addition to providing shelter for the homeless, the facility will provide space for services aimed at helping shelter residents gain employment.  The funds for P.A.D.S. of Elgin represent a grant for $75,000 and the first installment of $50,000 on a $250,000 grant.
State Representative Ruth Munson is the current legislative sponsor for this project, which was made possible by the hard work of the late State Representative Dr. Doug Hoeft.
 
McHenry County P.A.D.S.
McHenry County P.A.D.S. is constructing a new facility at 14411 Kishwaukee Valley Road in Woodstock.  The facility will provide year round emergency shelter and a day program for the homeless, which will allow the organization to serve an additional 200 clients.  These funds are the final installment on a $25,000 grant for this project.
State Representative Rosemary Kurtz sponsored the project.
 
Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb
The Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb is constructing a 26-unit Supportive Housing Project at 960 Dresser Road in DeKalb.  The facility will serve homeless disabled adults.  Funding will be used to offset costs related to the construction. These funds are the final installment on a $75,000 grant for this project.
State Representative Robert W. Pritchard is the current legislative sponsor for this project which was made possible by the hard work of the late State Representative Dave Wirsing.
 
Village of Glendale Heights
The Village of Glendale Heights is acquiring the property at 105 Windsor Street from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which took possession of the house following an undercover drug and weapons investigation.  The village intends to rehabilitate the property and eventually turn it over to a non-profit affordable housing agency to assist low-income residents obtain quality housing.  These funds represent the entire amount of the grant.
State Representative Carole Pankau sponsored the project.


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