The plan serves as the state's annual
funding application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development for formula grant programs, including the Community
Development Block Grant, the HOME Investment Partnerships program,
the Emergency Shelter Grants program, and the Housing Opportunities
for Persons With AIDS program. Additionally, the plan sets forth
priorities for the state's housing and non-housing community
development needs for 2005-2009, highlights all known funding
projections for 2005 under all major federal and state housing
programs, and includes the housing and homeless needs assessment,
housing market analysis, strategic plan, action plan, developer
certifications and comments from Illinois citizens.
In September 2003, through Executive
Order 18, Gov. Blagojevich identified affordable housing as one of
his top priorities and created an Affordable Housing Task Force
charged with developing a comprehensive housing plan to identify
affordable housing development, preservation and rehabilitation
initiatives in all regions of the state. The task force will submit
a Comprehensive Housing Plan to the governor and General Assembly by
the end of the year. That plan will incorporate many components of
the proposed application for federal funding.
Approximately 600 copies of the funding
proposal are being distributed across the state and will be
available to the public at designated libraries throughout the
state, including the state's library network. Copies can also be
accessed on the Internet at www.ihda.org.
The three public hearings scheduled
during the 30-day public comments period are to solicit comments on
the state's priorities and its allocation of funds. All sites are
fully accessible to people with physical disabilities. The schedule
is as follows:
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m.
Chicago - IHDA
Ninth Floor (reception)
401 North Michigan Ave., Chicago
Thursday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m.
Marion - State Regional Office Building
2309 W. Main St., Marion
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m.
State Capitol Building
500 S. Second St., Springfield
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The public is invited to provide public
comments prior to, at or after these scheduled hearings. Individuals
who wish to give oral testimony or comments at any of these hearings
must register prior to the start of each public hearing and are
encouraged to bring a written summary of their comments to the
public hearings to ensure that their concerns receive a written
response from the state. The time allotted to each respondent may be
limited, based on the number of individuals registered to speak.
Written comments, with or without oral testimony, will be collected
at each hearing and may also be mailed directly to Illinois Housing
Development Authority afterward. To be considered, the agency must
receive all written public comments by the close of business on Oct.
Written comments should be sent to the
Illinois Housing Development Authority
Office of Housing Coordination Services
Attention: Consolidated Plan
401 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60611
Hearing-impaired and sight-impaired
individuals in need of services such as an interpreter or documents
in large print or Braille should make requests directly to the
Housing Development Authority at the telephone numbers below at
least three days before the hearing which they plan to attend.
Officials will make reasonable efforts to accommodate such requests.
To obtain additional information concerning these public hearings,
please call (312) 836-5383 or (312) 836-5222 TTY
About the Illinois Housing Development
The Illinois Housing Development
Authority was designated as the lead state entity for developing the
Consolidated Plan in 1994.
Housing Development Authority is a self-supporting state agency that
finances the creation and the preservation of affordable housing
across Illinois. Since its creation by an act of the Illinois
legislature in 1967, the agency has allocated more than $6 billion
and financed more than 150,000 units of affordable housing across
the state. The agency accomplishes its mission through a number of
federal and state funding sources, including the Illinois Affordable
Housing Trust Fund, the state's Donations Tax Credit Fund, the
allocation of federal low-income housing tax credits, HOME
Investment Partnership funds and others. The agency is also a
bonding authority and independently sells bonds, based on its own
good credit, to finance affordable housing across the state.
Housing Development Authority