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36 Illinois communities to receive $14.5 million federal grant

DURAND - The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity announced that the Villages of Durand and Stockton, and the City of LaSalle, would be three of thirty-six communities across the state to benefit from $14.5 million in federal grants for public infrastructure.

Thirty-six communities across 29 counties will receive public infrastructure funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

“Public infrastructure is important not only for the day-to-day function of Illinoisans, but to bolster growth and economic development within a community,” said Governor Rauner. “These grant dollars will be used for projects such as water, sanitary and sewer system improvements that will greatly support our low-income communities and attract more opportunities for residents.”

The Village of Durand will receive $500,000 for potable water well improvments.

The Village of Stockton will receive $453,700 for water distribution improvements.

The City of LaSalle will receive $500,000 for separate storm sewer flows.

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HACD board to oversee county housing authority

DANVILLE – Vermilion County Board members are expected tonight to authorize the Housing Authority of the City of Danville's Board of Commissioners to also serve as the board for the Vermilion County Housing Authority.

Housing Authority of Danville Executive Director Jaclyn Vinson said the appointment of the HACD board of commissioners is “on the interim basis at the request of HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).”

Vinson said the overall employee structure will not change with both housing authorities remaining separate.

All five members of the Vermilion County Housing Authority board resigned earlier this year out of frustration working with HUD, according to a March press release from Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron.

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HUD agrees to reduce rent charges for Thebes public housing tenants facing forced relocation

THEBES — Housing and Urban Development has agreed to reduce monthly rent beginning in June for many of the roughly 30 families who have been told they must move from two public housing complexes in Thebes that have fallen into disrepair.

In a return letter to Sen. Tammy Duckworth last week, HUD agreed to cut rent charges in half, with the caveat that all tenants must pay at least $50, and none will pay more than $300. HUD, which is managing the housing authority in receivership, says the Alexander County Housing Authority cannot afford to bring them up to health and safety standards and keep them open.

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HUD Unveils Plan To Increase Rent On Millions Receiving Federal Housing Assistance

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson wants Americans living on housing assistance to put more of their income toward rent and he wants to give public housing authorities the ability to impose work requirements on tenants.

Under current law, most tenants who get federal housing assistance pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent, and the government kicks in the rest up to a certain amount.

In some cases, rental payments for some of the neediest families would triple, rising from a minimum of $50 per month to a minimum of $150, according to HUD officials. Some 712,000 households would see their rents jump to $150 per month under the proposal, the officials said.

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Lake County Housing Authority Announces Management Change

The Lake County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners has appoined the following individuals to lead operations and administration for LCHA to ensure a smooth delivery of services for clients and the community during this time of transition.

Tiffany A Gonzalez is the Interim Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer and Keon Jackson is the Interim Deputy Director.

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Village leaders consider HUD housing development

TOLONO, Ill. (WCIA) -- The village could be getting a new senior apartment complex, but leaders have to go over necessary zoning changes to make it happen.

The village is holding a special public meeting Tuesday night, 6:30 pm, at the police station. The Champaign County Housing Authority is looking to build senior apartments, similar to those recently built in Mahomet.

They'd be at the intersection of River Road and Central Avenue. Officials say affordable transitional housing is hard to come by in small towns and this would fill a need.

But first, there are some hoops to jump through. The zoning ordinance would need to be changed.

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Springfield Housing Authority clients won’t suffer under new pact with Peoria, director says

The time that Springfield Housing Authority executives will devote to oversee management of a similar housing agency in Peoria won’t cause services for low-income tenants to suffer in the capital city, SHA’s executive director says.

“We will certainly not compromise either housing authority,” Jackie Newman told The State Journal-Register.

Newman, 52, a Springfield native and executive director of the SHA for almost 13 years, said she will spend at least one day a week in Peoria as part of a management agreement unanimously approved by the boards of both federally funded units of local government.

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American Lung Association to Offer Assistance with Implementing HUD's Smokefree Housing Rule

CHICAGOApril 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) rule requiring all public housing agencies (PHAs) to implement a smokefree policy by July 31, 2018, and with funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the American Lung Association will help facilitate successful implementation of the rule through the Smokefree Public Housing Initiative. The American Lung Association will assist public housing agencies (PHAs) through this new initiative in fostering a smooth transition in select states by sharing best practices from its many years of experience with implementing smokefree housing policies and providing quit-smoking support to residents who are ready to quit.

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Alton Housing moving on materials testing, renovating Alton Manor kitchens

ALTON — With kitchen improvements coming this year at Alton Manor public housing complex, Alton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to amend its agreement with architects.

The addendums, to AHA’s contract with Melotte Morse Leonatti Parker Ltd. of Springfield, Illinois, provides for lead-based paint and asbestos testing in the 44, circa 1959 apartments at Dooley Drive and East Elm Street.

AHA Executive Director Greg Denton said the additional cost of testing for asbestos would run between $1,615 and $1,775; and $7,955 for testing for presence of lead-based paint. “It would be a maximum of $9,730” additional cost, he said.

Previously, the AHA reserved the apartments for senior citizens and people with disabilities, but now it is making the units available to the general population.

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Springfield Housing Authority will manage Peoria Housing Authority

PEORIA — An under-performing housing authority is seeking help from a high-performing one.

The Peoria Housing Authority has entered into a 12-month intergovernmental agreement with the Springfield Housing Authority to manage the Peoria operation, said Peoria’s board chairman, Jim Fassino. The agreement also carries an option for a six-month extension.

This comes after Paul Bollinger’s contract as executive director was not renewed in January. Bollinger had served as the PHA director for two years. Chief Financial Officer Theresa Switzer has been serving as director in the interim.

Fassino said the housing authorities in Peoria and Springfield share a number of characteristics. “Springfield is a very similar city to us in size and housing numbers,” he said.

But the Springfield authority is rated as a “high performer” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Very few achieve that rating among housing authorities,” Fassino said.

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Housing authority seeking state help for $11.6M Rock Island project

ROCK ISLAND — Plans are advancing for a proposed $11.6 million redevelopment project to convert the obsolete Lincoln Homes public housing property into a single-family row house community of 46 homes.

Community Housing Services, the non-profit affiliate of Rock Island Housing, has applied to the Illinois Housing Development Authority for low income housing tax credits to fund the demolition and redevelopment of the site.

“The redevelopment of Lincoln Homes has been an important goal for us for a long time,” said Susan Anderson, CHS CEO and executive director of RIHA. “The competition for funding will be fierce, but we are excited and hopeful that the project will be approved.”

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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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