1) Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG)
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program was created by the federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981. The CSBG program is designed to provide a range of services which assist low-income people to attain skills, knowledge and motivation necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. The program also may provide low-income people immediate life necessities such as food, shelter, medicine, etc. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers the CSBG program in accordance with federal law and the Illinois Economic Opportunity Act. In its administration, the department places an equal emphasis on self-sufficiency efforts and providing relief for the immediate needs of low-income people. The state receives approximately $30 million annually in CSBG funding to provide employment, education, housing and emergency services to the eligible population.
2010-2011 CSBG Draft State Plan
CSBG American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Plan
2) Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESGP)
The Emergency Solutions Grant Program provides funding to: (1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street; (2) improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; (3) help operate these shelters; (4) provide essential services to shelter residents, (5) rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and (6) prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.
DCEO administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) http://www.hud.gov
Since the demand for housing assistance often exceeds the limited resources available long waiting periods are common. DCEO may close its waiting list when it has more families on the list than can be assisted in the near future.
HUD gives public housing authorities the discretion to establish local preferences to reflect the housing needs and priorities of its particular community. To honor the jurisdictional areas of other local housing authorities in Illinois DCEO has a residency preference. Families who live, work or have been hired to work in DCEO's jurisdiction will be given this preference.
DCEO has jurisdiction in the following counties: Alexander, Brown, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Douglas, Edwards, Fayette, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Lawrence, Massac, Monroe, Moultrie, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, Schuyler, Wabash, Washington, and White.
For more information, contact:
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Section 8 Program
2309 West Main Street, Suite 118
Marion, IL 62959
TTY users please use Illinois Relay Services 7-1-1 then (618)993-7226;Cietta.Gower@illinois.gov
Section 8 Housing 5 year plan