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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Johnna Kelly 630-407-6022

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DuPage Surveys Residents on Federal Spending Plan

DuPage residents have a chance to tell leaders how they believe federal funds allocated to the county for housing and community needs should be spent. The county is conducting a survey to collect community input as it plans how it will allocate federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and the Emergency Solutions Grant.

In the past, these funds have been used for a variety of programs including staffing homeless shelters, providing housing counseling and assisting domestic violence victims. Residents can take the survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DuPage_Neighborhood_Needs_Survey.

DuPage County Development Committee Chairman Sam Tornatore said results from the Neighborhood Needs Survey will be considered as the county develops a plan to allocate federal funding through CDBG and HOME. Every five years, the county must submit a strategic plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that details how federal funds will be spent on programs to enhance communities and provide suitable housing and living environments for all residents of DuPage County.

“Throughout the past 40 years, DuPage County has received more than $160 million in CDBG and HOME funds from the federal government. We rely on these grants to improve county neighborhoods by rehabilitating single-family homes, assisting new homebuyers and improving public infrastructure such as streets and sewers. I encourage residents to take a few minutes to learn more about these programs and help us determine the county’s priorities moving forward,” said Tornatore.

DuPage County has invested more than $140 million in CDBG funds to carry out projects and programs through municipalities, as well as non-profit organizations, including the Northern Illinois Food Bank, DuPage Habitat for Humanity, DuPage PADS, People’s Resource Center, Family Shelter Service, Ray Graham Association and Bridge Communities. In addition, more than $26 million in HOME funds have been used to construct, acquire or rehabilitate affordable rental housing to serve moderate income families, senior citizens, people with disabilities, veterans and the homeless.

A Spanish language version of the survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DuPage_Encuesta_de_Necesidades.

Residents can also request a paper copy of the survey by calling (630) 407-6600.