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April 5, 2002

Governor Announces $2.2 Million in Grants to Help the Homeless

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling $2.25 million to help 65 not-for-profit organizations provide emergency assistance to the homeless.

“Homelessness is a tragedy that touches every community, large and small," Governor Ryan said. "Fortunately, Illinois has an outstanding network of organizations that provide services to help homeless people-- not only with temporary shelter, but also in accessing services that can help them move toward self-sufficiency. These grants will help these organizations continue this important work."

The grants are administered by the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA) and are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Not-for-profit organizations outside Cook County that provide assistance to the homeless are eligible to seek funding, and units of local government may also seek grants on behalf of such organizations. Grants are awarded competitively to projects that demonstrate clear need, an immediate ability to utilize the grant, and complement existing homeless services. The maximum grant is $75,000 and must be matched by an equal amount from other sources.

DCCA Director Pam McDonough said the program is essential to improving the quality of life within Illinois communities. “In tough economic times, it is more important than ever to ensure that a lifeline exists to help homeless families find shelter, food, medicine and other services that can help them break out of the cycle of poverty and turn hopelessness into hope."

McDonough cited a grant to The Women's Center, Inc. in Carbondale as an example. The organization provides comprehensive services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence, with the goal to help them establish safe households free from violence. The center, which serves Jackson, Williamson, Franklin, Perry, Union and surrounding counties, will use its $65,000 grant to replace windows that present lead hazards in a recently purchased 16-unit apartment building. DCCA received 99 applications this year requesting more than $4.5 million under the highly competitive program.

A list of grantees follows.

2002 Emergency Shelter Grants Program
Alton Salvation Army $54,000
Aurora P.A.D.S. 55,500
Belleville Salvation Army 36,000
Belleville Violence Prevention Center 13,000
Belvidere His Glory Outreach Center 20,000
Bloomington Home Sweet Home Mission, Inc. 26,313
Bloomington PATH 10,000
Bloomington Salvation Army 22,000
Cairo Cairo Women's Shelter, Inc. 44,600
Carbondale Good Samaritan Ministries 27,500
Carbondale The Women's Center 65,000
Champaign Center for Women in Transition 34,100
Champaign Salvation Army 32,500
Champaign Mental Health Center of Champaign County 47,500
Chicago Catholic Charities North Chicago Facility 26,500
Crystal Lake P.A.D.S. Woodstock Facility 58,134
Danville YWCA 40,100
Decatur Dove, Inc. 20,000
Decatur Salvation Army 16,700
DeKalb Hope Haven 34,500
E. St. Louis CDBG Operations Corporation 25,500
E. St. Louis Catholic Urban Programs 22,700
E. St. Louis Call for Help, Inc. 27,810
Effingham E.V.A.S. 16,000
Freeport F.A.C.C. 38,681
Granite City Good Samaritan House 32,800
Granite City Phoenix Crisis Center 22,590
Harrisburg Anna Bixby Women's Center 42,800
Herrin Williamson Co. Family Crisis Center 22,552
Joliet Christian Family Ministries, Inc. 57,478
Kankakee Salvation Army 25,000
Kankakee Victims Assistance Center 10,000
Kewanee Kewanee Social Service Agency 20,000
Libertyville Lake County
Haven 10,000
Libertyville Maristella 10,000
Macomb Samaritan Well, Inc. 41,797
Marion Franklin-Williamson Human Services, Inc. 28,487
McHenry Home of the Sparrow 40,900
Olney S.W.A.N. 42,500
Peoria Peoria Friendship House of Christian Serv. 45,000
Peoria Salvation Army Service Extension 58,000
Peoria Salvation Army 40,246
Peoria YWCA 43,880
Peru Illinois Valley P.A.D.S. 17,000
Quincy Madonna House 47,400
Quincy Salvation Army 47,100
Rockford American Red Cross 57,160
Rockford MELD 24,763
Rockford Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. 10,000
Rockford Rosecrance, Inc. 44,000
Rockford Shelter Care Ministries 35,117
Rockford LinHowe Ministries, Inc. 41,275
Springfield Abundant Faith Christian Center 15,290
Springfield Contact Ministries 42,500
Springfield Fifth Street Renaissance 48,800
Springfield Helping Hands of Springfield, Inc. 34,704
Springfield M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, Inc. 29,123
Springfield P.O.R.A. 60,000
Springfield Salvation Army 66,000
Springfield Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery 17,050
St. Charles Lazarus House 75,000
St. Louis American Red Cross - East St. Louis facility 56,550
St. Louis Salvation Army - Hillsboro facility 42,000
Urbana Crisis Nursery 17,000
Wheaton People's Resource Center 15,000
TOTAL $2,251,500


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