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Five Housing Authorities Receive Funds

Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrats, recently announced that the Rock Island Housing Authority and four other agencies in Northern Illinois will receive funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program.

The goal of the FSS program is to increase the incomes and economic independence of HUD-assisted families, according to the news release. The Rock Island Housing Authority will receive $62,643 of the total $505,059 funding amount to provide participating families with resources that include job training and education.

FSS funds also allow public housing agencies to assist families by partnering with local social service agencies, colleges and businesses.
  • Housing Authority of the City of Freeport: $69,380
  • Winnebago County Housing Authority, Rockford: $134,336
  • Rockford Housing Authority: $144,000
  • Housing Authority of Henry County, Kewanee: $94,700

 

Specialized New Star Apartments set to welcome new residents

After more than a year of planning and coordination, a new six-unit apartment building to accommodate adults with disabilities will see its first move-ins within weeks.

The building at 1032-1038 Leavitt Avenue in Flossmoor was constructed through a cooperative effort by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the Housing Authority of Cook County and New Star Services, a south suburban nonprofit agency that serves people with developmental disabilities. 

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Here’s how HUD’s new housing voucher rule affects recipients

When Ben Carson and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its intention to delay by two years an Obama-era anti-segregation measure called the Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) rule, they cited, among other things, results from the rule’s pilot program. The findings showed that, in aggregate, the rule led to Section 8 voucher recipients having fewer overall affordable housing options.

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Changes in IL State Statutes to take place on January 1

For those resolving to make important life changes, New Year’s Day has always been the symbolic starting point. But some changes one might make could be preempted by the decree, as the state has a number of new laws that will go into effect on Jan. 1.
A listing of the new public acts was provided by Illinois Sen. Susan Rezin’s office. Some of the more significant additions to the Illinois codex include a bail-bond reform act, a revamp of drug laws and the allowance of breastfeeding on the grounds of public schools.
Per the list, the Bail Reform Act “grants a right to counsel at bail hearings, provides for mandatory bail re-hearings on nonviolent offenses, and provides that any bail set should be non-monetary and that the court should address the risk in the least restrictive way possible.”

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HUD names new administrator of Midwest Regional Office

A former regional administrator of Housing and Urban Development’s Midwest Regional Office in Chicago is returning to the position.

On Monday, HUD officials announced in a news release that Joseph P. Galvan will lead the office that is responsible for the oversight and delivery of HUD programs and services across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Galvan was appointed to the post by President Donald Trump. He previously served in the same capacity under President George W. Bush’s administration from 2001 to January 2009.

The office has been without a top administrator since Antonio R. Riley, who served under the administration of President Barack Obama, vacated the post at the change in administration in January. Jim Cunningham, the deputy regional administrator, carried out the functions of the regional administrator in the interim. 

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Teresa Greenstreet of Warren County Housing Authority Receives the 2017 IAHA David W. Morgan Memorial Award

 

Teresa Greenstreet with Warren County Housing Authority Receives the 2017 IAHA David W. Morgan Memorial Award.

Teresa Greenstreet began her employment at Warren County Housing Authority, WCHA, in October 1978, occupying every office from secretary/receptionist to that of Executive Director. Teresa was elevated to the position of Executive Director in the spring of 1998.

Challenges always surround Executive Directors, but Teresa faced an even larger uphill battle as she watched occupancy rates plummet following the departure of many foreign workers at Farmland Foods in Monmouth who called Lincoln Homes, the PHA’s family site in Monmouth, home. The mass exodus, combined with the rough reputation the Housing Authority site was trying to overcome since its inception in 1970 seemed insurmountable. As many as 40 to 45 of the 80 units were not only abruptly empty, but dirty, and needed a complete turnaround for re-rent. The occupancy rate at the remote site in Roseville fell below 50%, with some units empty for years.  An 8-unit site in Kirkwood, IL was never full and in need of repair. And to add to her fate, 2 months after taking the reins as Executive Director, Teresa was introduced to a new HUD plan called REAC. Yes, HUD is actually going to come to your PHA, inspect and grade the site visit, upon which your future funding will depend. The situation was grim.

Knowing the only way to pull things together was to get organized and get involved, both of which Teresa did and did well. Leading by example, it was all hands-on board at Lincoln Homes…cleaning, painting, and repairing until they were all considered ready to rent. REAC scored Warren County Housing Authority at 98%, its first of six consecutive designations in the high performer category. Teresa, in an effort to bring stability and the towns respect back to 800 South 9th Street in Monmouth, worked in tandem with the occupancy manager, and tore into the application and recertification processes, updating any and all language, and strictly enforcing the existing rules and regulations, some of which ended in evictions.  Setting her sights on Roseland Homes and Kirkland Homes, Teresa spearheaded the direction of the Modernization Program, now known as the Capital Fund Program, towards the improvement and marketability of those two locations, replacing lighting, driveways, sidewalks, adding playgrounds and storage sheds. It didn’t happen overnight, but it all started to work. Apartments began to fill with people who were once afraid of those very some properties. Headstart located a facility at Lincoln Homes, an after-school program began at Lincoln Homes, a summer feeding program for kids began at Lincoln Homes, and about the only thing missing is the office once occupied by the Monmouth Police Department, because it is no longer needed.  Teresa once told me (Dennis Schumacher) about 10 years ago, that if there were drugs or guns in Lincoln Homes, she didn’t know about it. What a bold, but accurate statement, something not many of her statewide counterparts could say.

Her office habits are the same. Get to work early, be the last one to leave but always be ready to help the staff who can’t work through something. Everyone came out of a meeting with Teresa with options on whatever the situation required.  That included her Executive Director counterparts throughout the state, who after time, realized who to go to for an opinion, or help. Our auditor lauded her in private and public before our Board of Commissioners, who were assured each year that the books were in order and there is more money in the bank than before. Her audits, per Andy Zenk, of Zenk and Associates, were the gold standard.

Sometimes Teresa and I didn’t see eye to eye. She is a bit of a tree hugger, I like sharpened chain saws She likes to watch the reserves grow, I like to spend money. She takes the stairs, I take the elevator. Those differences worked well, thought, as we always had good conversation and thought prior to decision-making.

Every staff member respected Teresa and enjoyed her company, as did her fellow administrative and maintenance staffs throughout Illinois.  In October, Teresa will celebrate her 39th year on staff at Warren County Housing. She has a habit of making things last as she just celebrated her 45th wedding anniversary.

 

Teresa and Denny

Jerry Gille, Dennis Schumacher, Teresa Greenstreet and Joann Pink

 

Macoupin Housing Services cuts ribbons

Representatives from Macoupin Housing Services (MHS) and the Macoupin County Housing Authority (MCHA) cut the ribbons on three tax credit housing developments in the county at ceremonies held Sept. 23.

Home tours were available to area residents and local dignitaries at the 14 homes built in Staunton, nine in Bunker Hill and 15 in Gillespie. The homes were built through a low-income housing tax credit created under the 1986 Tax Reform Act. It gives incentives for the use of private equity in the development of affordable housing aimed at low-income Americans. The program is administered at the state level through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), which receives a fixed allocation of credits based on population.

The homes have to meet strict requirements with regard to construction standards and energy efficiency.

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