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Champaign housing authority works to increase business opportunities

The Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) is developing Haven at Market Place and Bristol Place.

Combined, the two projects have more than $48 million in construction costs.

HACC wants to make sure all businesses have an opportunity to work on these projects and it's partnering with the city of Champaign, stakeholders and developers to achieve this.

HACC has a mission to provide affordable housing for all. That mission also relates to the businesses and contractors for their projects, being fair and inclusive to women, disadvantaged, veterans and minority businesses.

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Springfield Housing Authority execs get good reviews for work in Peoria

With the help of top managers from the Springfield Housing Authority, the agency’s counterpart in Peoria has been able to increase its occupancy rate, reduce waiting lists and better serve low-income residents who need affordable housing.

That’s the assessment of Peoria Housing Authority Board acting chairman Carl Cannon.

With the PHA’s one-year management contract with SHA set to expire April 2, Cannon said he and other PHA board members have been “absolutely” satisfied with the part-time managerial services provided to the struggling local governmental agency by SHA executives.

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Proposed 2020 HUD budget sees meager increase from last year's proposal

President Donald Trump announced his budget proposal Monday for fiscal year 2020, including a nearly 7% increase for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2019 budget proposal.

But this proposal is actually a decrease from 2019’s enacted budget. While the funding is an increase from Trump’s requested budget for 2019, it is down a whole $8.6 billion, or 16.4%, from 2019's enacted budget.

The Trump administration requested $44.1 billion for HUD, saying the funds would be used to prevent and end homelessness, invest funding to reduce lead and other home health and safety hazards and preserve the rental assistance to HUD-assisted households.

 

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Congress is working on carbon monoxide protections after deaths in HUD public housing

By Suzy Khimm and Laura Strickler

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress are working on a legislative fix to reduce carbon monoxide hazards after an NBC News investigation revealed that detectors are not required in federally subsidized housing. Their efforts come as housing advocates demanded Monday that U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson take emergency measures to address the problem.

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees funding for HUD, said she was disturbed by the federal housing agency's "clear negligence on this issue."

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Mixed-income housing planned for vacant Danville lots

DANVILLE — Danville housing officials are hoping to build new mixed-income units on vacant city-owned lots using private funding through state tax credits.

The construction of new single-story units and townhouses on various available lots in the city has been in the discussion and planning stages for more than a year, according to Danville Housing Authority officials.

Jaclyn Vinson, executive director of the housing authority, said the 70 units and $15 million project would be funded through private dollars committed by investors for the benefit of tax credits made possible through Illinois Housing Development Authority programming.

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Dangerous Fairview Projects Almost A Ghost Town

JOLIET, IL - The notoriously dangerous Fairview Public Housing projects, a community trouble zone for decades, is in its final days. Only about 40 families remain at Fairview as of this week. That means the other 120 public housing apartment units on The Hill are vacant, and they will never, ever, be occupied again.

Joliet Housing Authority Executive Director Michael Simelton told Joliet Patch on Wednesday that his agency's contract calls for the complete demolition of the Fairview Public Housing units starting around May 1. The razing should take 30 to 45 days, Simelton told Patch.

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Housing authority to file tax credit application

DANVILLE – The Housing Authority of the City of Danville will file its full application today with the Illinois Housing Development Authority for tax credits for mixed income housing sites in the downtown area.

One site, however, is not in the proposal anymore — the parking lot at Walnut and Harrison streets.

The proposal now includes 64 units instead of 70, said Jaclyn Vinson, HACD executive director.

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Champaign housing authority works to increase business opportunities

The Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) is developing Haven at Market Place and Bristol Place.

Combined, the two projects have more than $48 million in construction costs.

HACC wants to make sure all businesses have an opportunity to work on these projects and it's partnering with the city of Champaign, stakeholders and developers to achieve this.

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Shutdown rundown: PHA ‘open for business’ while SNAP benefits come early

PEORIA — The government shutdown is forcing a number of federal agencies to take special measures in order to continue operations.

Jackie Newman, executive director of the Peoria Housing Authority, said so far the effects of the shutdown have been minimized in Peoria. “We are open for business in the middle of a storm,” she said.

“The Department of Housing and Urban Development has formed a contingency plan through January and February. HUD has also allowed for access to their housing assistance payment reserves in case the shutdown continues into March,” said Newman.

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Government shutdown leaves demolition of Brewington Oaks on hold

ROCKFORD — The ongoing federal government shutdown has delayed the razing of the Brewington Oaks public housing complex and put the moving plans of dozens of residents in limbo.

“We put a timeline to have those buildings vacated by June 28,” Rockford Housing Authority CEO Laura Snyder said. “We were hoping to start demolition and have those towers on the ground by February 2020. So, of course, this is going to push those timelines back.”

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Government shutdown threatens Section 8 housing in Peoria

PEORIA — The government shutdown that already has some 800,000 federal employees out of work or working without pay could have a devastating effect on the nation’s poor if it drags on.

Public housing is one area that’s directly affected. Of the 7,500 employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, only 340 are working with another 1,000 that may be called in for specific tasks but they won’t be paid until a funding bill is passed.

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Partial government shutdown impacts Housing Authority

MACOMB — As Republican and Democratic Party members spar over responsibility for the partial government shutdown, now in its third week, the McDonough County Housing Authority has four months of cash reserves before running out of money in June.
That’s according to HA Executive Director Bill Jacobs, who presented a summary of the budget situation during the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday. 
Jacobs said the money for the basic operations of the public housing authority and the voucher program was already in the pipeline when the shutdown began on Dec. 22. 
The HA is funded through the end of February; then from March to June, they will dip into their cash reserves to continue basic operations and the voucher program. 

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Dwelling Place of Vermilion County gets new home for its unique pantry

DANVILLE — For the last six-plus months, members of The Dwelling Place of Vermilion County have been distributing personal hygiene and household care supplies to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness out of their vehicles.

Now they have a home base.

In October, the Danville Housing Authority offered to provide the nonprofit organization with a spacious unit at the Fair Oaks public housing complex, at 1035 Belton Drive, to house its Essentially Basic Hygiene and Household Pantry.

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DeKalb County Community Foundation gives $10K grant to Housing Authority

DeKALB – The Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb recently received a $10,000 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

The grant will go toward the housing authority’s Security Deposit Assistance program, which is meant to help low-income elderly and disabled DeKalb County residents, according to a news release.

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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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