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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2005

Gov. Blagojevich announces nearly $300,000 in Emergency Shelter Grants to support low-income residents in Southern Illinois

CHICAGO – Continuing his efforts to assist people across Illinois and especially those most often left behind, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced grants totaling nearly $300,000 to support emergency shelters and non-profits that serve homeless and near-homeless people throughout Southern Illinois.  The state’s support comes through the Emergency Shelter Grant Program, one of the Governor’s key initiatives designed to help local communities provide critical assistance to their poor and underserved populations.      
 
“It’s important for government to lend a helping hand to sustain people on their journey to a better future, and, through the Emergency Shelter Grant program, we’re providing support necessary to keep families warm and dry,” Gov. Blagojevich said.  “It is our obligation to nurture our struggling friends and neighbors on their path to financial stability, and shelters in Southern Illinois work diligently to do this each and every day.”
 
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers the Emergency Shelter Grant Program from funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The support enables community-based organizations to rehabilitate, renovate and operate emergency shelters, as well as provide essential services for the homeless and prevention assistance to those at risk of homelessness.  Funding is available to units of general local government on behalf of not-for-profit organizations and directly to not-for-profit organizations through a competitive grant application process.
 
“Gov. Blagojevich is addressing homelessness using the same strategic approach he does in promoting economic development: partnering with those who are most heavily invested in the community and best equipped to effectively deliver resources at the ground level.  Programs like these improve the quality of life in our community,” State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) said. 
 
“By supporting organizations that help low-income people in this region care for those who are struggling most, Gov. Blagojevich is helping make a positive impact on this entire region,” State Representative Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg).
 
Organizations in Southern Illinois who will receive funding include:
                                                                                   
Organization                                      City                    Amount
Bethany Village                                  Anna                  $37,000
Cairo Women's Shelter                   Cairo                  $50,000
Good Samaritan Ministries             Carbondale      $26,500
The Women's Center                        Carbondale      $15,041
Anna Bixby Women's Center          Carmi                $10,000
Anna Bixby Women's Center          Harrisburg        $27,040
Community of Hope                         Harrisburg       $30,724
Wmson. Co. Family Crisis Center  Herrin                               $23,228
Salvation Army, Marion                      Marion                             $36,000
Guardian Family Services Center   Metropolis                      $37,699
 
Program funds may be used to implement one or more of the following activities:
 
  • Rehabilitation, renovation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters;
 
  • New or expanded essential services provided by the not-for-profit organization in connection with direct services such as job training, substance abuse counseling, health and educational services;
 
  • Homelessness prevention activities, such as short-term subsidies to help cover the cost of rent and utility expenses, security deposits or first month's rent, or other innovative programs and activities designed to prevent homelessness; and,

 

  • Operation or maintenance expenses directly related to the emergency shelter.
 
“Each and every day, Gov. Blagojevich is making investments to make a tangible difference in people’s lives and providing vital resources to communities across Illinois.  Homeless shelters and community service organizations in Southern Illinois will be able to continue their care for those who are so often left behind, until the tide turns and these clients can find a sustainable income,” DCEO Director Jack Lavin said.


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