$2.7 million in federal grants will go to housing hundreds of homeless veterans in Illinois. The money comes from a rental voucher program for veterans operated through the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development. HUD’s Midwest deputy regional administrator, James Cunningham, says this will help 337 homeless veterans around the state find a permanent home.
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“Too many Americans who’ve answered the call to duty struggle to readjust to life after military service,” Cunningham said. “No veteran should be relegated to the shadows of our society because they’re going through hard times.”
The majority of the funds will be awarded to the Chicago Housing Authority, with the rest going to housing agencies in Peoria, Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, Waukegan, Rockford, Rock Falls, Aurora, and McHenry.
Cunningham says the grants are part of a nationwide effort to end veteran homelessness.