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CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE CENTER

The City of Chicago is committed to providing leadership and help throughout the evolving COVID-19 crisis. As this situation develops, we will continue to offer resources and support to people across the city. This website provides the latest information on a range of topics regarding COVID-19.

statewide order has been issued for Illinois residents to stay at home or in their place of residence. The order requires all residents to stay home, unless traveling for essential needs or business, and requires businesses not engaged in essential activities to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations. The order will take effect on Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m., across the State of Illinois and will remain in place until the Governor’s Disaster Proclamation expires on April 7. Learn more about what this means for residents.

We are mobilizing every resource at our disposal and collaborating with national, state and local partners to develop a comprehensive and coordinated response to the virus. Fortunately, there are effective steps that we can all take to curb the spread of COVID-19 and support each other. We urge you to share information on this page with your neighbors and colleagues to ensure everyone is safe and receiving the help they need.

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Illinois Legislators must address homelessness, housing in coronavirus response

In order to effectively address coronavirus in Illinois, we must address the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness and facing housing instability. Illinois legislators at the federal, state and local levels must take immediate action to provide for the hundreds of thousands of residents in these circumstances.

The coronavirus pandemic has made it clearer than ever housing is health care — and the health of each individual is linked to the health of everyone else in our communities. This public health emergency has upended life throughout our state for everyone, but people without homes or in unstable housing situations are at extreme risk of contracting the virus. How do you stay home when you’re homeless? How do you practice social distancing when you’re living in close quarters with others? What if you can’t work because of the pandemic — but can’t pay rent without your paycheck?

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FBI SEES RISE IN FRAUD SCHEMES RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:

Fake CDC Emails.
 Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received.
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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Sunday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

Illinois reported three new deaths and 296 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 9 deaths and 1,049 cases overall, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. One of the new infections is an infant, said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health. At least 8,374 people have been tested in Illinois.

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Public housing authorities in US receive $2.7 billion from HUD

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $2.7 to the public housing authorities (PHA) in all 50 states. The PHAs of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the District of Columbia are also among the recipients. The capital improvements of the properties will be made by the agencies through this funding.

According to the HUD, $138 million will be shared by the Illinois agencies. The Chicago Housing Authority will receive $64.8 million from these $138 million. The 2900 public housing authorities in the US receive the grants from the HUD under its Capital Fund Program every year. These grants are a part of the Capital Fund Program of the department.

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Close to $2 million in funding announced for IL public housing authorities

(WAND) - Close to $2 million in federal funding has been announced for public housing authorities in Illinois.

US Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced the $1,976,390 that will go towards supportive services, improving living conditions and helping families move toward housing and economic self-sufficiency.

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Housing Authority, Carle Foundation, City of Urbana offer affordable housing

A partnership between the Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC), the Carle Foundation, and the City of Urbana will provide affordable housing to local families.

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Chicago Housing Authority to Receive the Bulk of the Nearly $65 million dollars in Federal Funding

Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to receive the bulk of the nearly $65 million dollars in federal funding for development, financing, and modernization being allocated to the local housing authorities. The funds will be coming through a capital program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Development.

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The Housing Authority of Cook County is reopening the County’s Housing Choice Voucher List

As the cost of living in Chicago has steadily increased, many of Chicago’s lower-income residents have taken flight for the surrounding suburbs. The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC), in the last several years, has seen a higher demand for public housing just outside the city.  Richard Monocchio, executive director of the county’s Housing Authority, said: “Right now, we have as many poor people living outside the city of Chicago as there are inside the city.”

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Where federal housing grants are going in suburbs

Several suburban public housing agencies, including those in Aurora, Waukegan, and Cook and Lake counties, will each receive more than $1 million in federal funding to improve facilities serving low-income families and seniors.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has granted more than $2.7 billion to housing authorities nationwide; Illinois agencies have been awarded roughly $138 million. That includes about $64.7 million to Chicago, roughly $1.5 million each to Aurora and Lake County, and more than $1.1 million each to Cook County and Waukegan.

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More than $11 million awarded for public housing in southern Illinois

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Public housing authorities throughout southern Illinois will be receiving $11,398,973 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund program.

The funding will be for development, financing and modernization of public housing properties.

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Central Illinois housing agencies to receive $21 million to support public housing

Bloomington, Decatur,  and Coles County Housing Authorities are among the Central Illinois agencies receiving portions of the $21 million in federal funding for the development, financing and modernization of public housing properties, U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin announced Thursday.

Bloomington Housing Authority will receive $1,401,725, Decatur Housing Authority will receive $1,474,747, and Coles County Housing Authority will receive $408,246. Funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Public Housing Capital fund.

 

Pritzker appoints Housing Authority of Champaign County CEO to state task force

CHAMPAIGN — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has appointed Housing Authority of Champaign County CEO David Northern Sr. to the Illinois State Housing Task Force.

Established in 2004, the task force develops an annual comprehensive housing plan and ensures it includes goals for the numbers and types of housing units to be built, rehabilitated and preserved. The group also makes recommendations on funding and state actions to promote housing, along with suggestions and options for local governments.

“I feel honored to be selected to serve on the state housing task force,” Northern said. “My years of service, education and experience uniquely qualify me to serve on the task force and I am excited about this opportunity.”

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Officials Announce $75M for Chicago-Area Public Housing

CHICAGO (AP) — NEARLY A dozen public housing authorities in the Chicago area will receive $75 million in federal funding for development, financing and modernization, federal officials said.

The money is coming through a capital program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Development.

The bulk of the funding, nearly $65 million, will go to the Chicago Housing Authority. Other recipients including housing authorities in Joliet, Aurora, North Chicago, Waukegan, Kankakee and Oak Park.

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Funds Released for Housing Authority Improvements

llinois US Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth have announced more than $21 million in federal funding to public housing authorities throughout central Illinois. The funds are for development, financing and modernization  of public housing properties.

Effingham County Housing Authority will receive $214,995. 

Other area recipients:

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RHA to receive $4.5M in federal funding

WASHINGTON D.C. (WREX) — Rockford Housing Authority is going to be receiving nearly $5 million from federal grants.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (17th District) made the announcement on Tuesday. Bustos says a total of nearly $23 million in federal grant money will go towards several housing authorities across Illinois.

Public Housing Capital Funds program grants are awarded to Public Housing Authorities to support the development, financing and modernization of Public Housing properties and management improvements.

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Bustos announces federal funding for FCHA

Tuesday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) – a member of the House Appropriations Committee – announced $22,994,908 in total federal grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and Public Housing Capital Funds program.

WASHINGTON-Tuesday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) – a member of the House Appropriations Committee – announced $22,994,908 in total federal grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and Public Housing Capital Funds program.

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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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