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72 organizations to receive funds for emergency shelter assistance

[JUNE 24, 2004]  CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich awarded grants June 16 totaling over $2.4 million to help 72 not-for-profit organizations provide emergency shelter assistance to the homeless across Illinois.

"We have a great existing network of organizations to assist the homeless when they have nowhere else to go," Gov. Blagojevich said. "That is why these grants are so important in providing a statewide safety net for the less fortunate."

The grants are administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Not-for-profit organizations that provide assistance to the homeless outside Cook County are eligible to seek funding, and units of local government may also seek grants on behalf of such organizations. Grants are awarded competitively to projects that demonstrate clear need, have an immediate ability to use the grant and complement existing homeless services. The maximum grant is $75,000 and must be matched by an equal amount from other sources.

"These shelters don't just provide temporary housing," said Jack Lavin, director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. "They help address a wide variety of medical, rehabilitative and employment issues that their clients are trying to overcome. This support is crucial in moving the homeless towards a life of self-sufficiency."

Lavin cited a $19,765 grant to Aurora's Hope for Tomorrow organization, which provides housing and professional services to adolescent and adult homeless men and women who are suffering from the diseases of chemical dependence, substance abuse, pathological gambling or nicotine dependence. The organization provides a unique combination of services that empower clients to make positive choices and develop a recovery-based lifestyle that fosters their mental, emotional and physical well-being. The funding will pay for counseling services.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity received 95 applications this year requesting more than $4.4 million under the highly competitive program. A list of grantees follows.

2004 Emergency Shelter Grants Program grant recipientsd

Northern State Line

Belvidere, His Glory Outreach Mission, $20,000

Freeport, FACC, $34,500

Rockford, American Red Cross, $46,114

Rockford, LinHowe Ministries, $40,000

Rockford, Lydia Home Association, $20,500

Rockford, MELD, $10,000

Rockford, Shelter Care Ministries, $41,000


Kewanee Social Service Agency, $20,000

Moline, Salvation Army, $45,000

Princeton, Freedom House, $10,000

Rock Island, Prairie State Legal Services, $10,000

North Central

Bloomington, Salvation Army, $31,500

Peoria, YWCA, $27,235

Peoria, Peoria Friendship House, $33,000

Peoria, Salvation Army Service Extension, $55,000

Peoria, Salvation Army, $60,000


Aurora, Hope For Tomorrow, $19,765

Aurora, P.A.D.S., $50,500

DeKalb, Hope Haven of DeKalb County, $40,000

Joliet, Catholic Charities, $47,000

Joliet, Christian Family Ministries, $55,000

Kankakee, Victims Assistance Center, $10,000

Kankakee, Salvation Army, $18,000

Libertyville, Lake County Haven, $16,500

Naperville, NCO Youth and Family Services, $24,420

North Chicago, Catholic Charities, $20,000

North Chicago, P.A.D.S. Crisis Services, $40,000

St. Charles, Lazarus House, $20,000

Villa Park, Catholic Charities, $46,374

Wheaton, DuPage P.A.D.S., $34,000

Woodstock, McHenry County P.A.D.S., $55,000


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Decatur, Salvation Army, $15,000

Hillsboro, Salvation Army, $35,000

Springfield, Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery, $20,000

Springfield, Abundant Faith Christian Center, $21,500

Springfield, MERCY Communities, $26,500

Springfield, Helping Hands of Springfield, $30,500

Springfield, Salvation Army, $45,000

Springfield, PORA, $52,494

Springfield, Fifth Street Renaissance, $60,000

Springfield, Contact Ministries, $64,000

East Central

Champaign, Salvation Army, $37,772

Champaign, Center for Women in Transition, $48,990

Champaign, Mental Health Center of Champaign County, $52,516

Danville, YWCA, $30,000

Urbana, Crisis Nursery, $18,000

West Central

Quincy, Madonna House, $50,000

Quincy, Salvation Army, $43,500


Anna, Bethany Village, $51,000

Cairo Women's Shelter, $34,400

Carbondale, Good Samaritan Ministries, $44,500

Carmi, Anna Bixby Women's Center, $10,300

Eldorado, Egyptian Health Department, $38,904

Harrisburg, Anna Bixby Women's Center, $20,000

Herrin, Williamson County Family Crisis Center, $20,788

Metropolis, Guardian Family Services Center, $39,286,


Alton, Salvation Army, $40,000

Belleville, Salvation Army, $46,500

Belleville, Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois, $10,000

East St. Louis, Catholic Urban Programs, $25,000

East St. Louis, Ministers United Against Human Suffering, $38,349

East St. Louis, CDBG Operations Corporation, $46,250

East St. Louis, Salvation Army, $35,000

Granite City, Phoenix Crisis Center, $16,500

Granite City, Good Samaritan House, $35,000

Highland, Highland Area Christian Service Ministry, $10,800


Centralia, P.A.V.E., $44,561

Centralia, Salvation Army, $11,000

Charleston, H.O.P.E. of East Central Illinois, $10,000

Greenup, Embarras River Basin Agency, $28,000

Mattoon, Mattoon Area P.A.D.S., $50,093

Olney, S.W.A.N., $55,000

Total $2,412,411

[News release from the governor's office]


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