The Village of Palatine will receive nearly $357,000, a Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) to support efforts by non-profits and local government entities to provide support service, affordable housing and infrastructure projects in the Palatine area.
The grant is allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the amount received is based on the percentage of the Village population that falls into low to moderate-income guidelines.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced the grant while visiting the Palatine Opportunity Center, which coordinates health, wellness, education and community services in the northeast Palatine Township area and will receive $25,000 for child care and support services under the grant.
The village will distribute grant money to Palatine Township, Bridge Youth & Family Services, Children’s Advocacy Center, Little Sisters of the Poor, CEDA Northwest, Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council, Journeys from PADS to HOPE and its own engineering department.
“From counseling for abused children to rental housing assistance for seniors, this grant will help the city of Palatine continue to care for its most vulnerable populations,” Durbin said. “With today’s announcement, underserved populations in the area will have greater access to the programs and services they need.”
To meet the national objectives set by HUD, the money must be spent to benefit low and moderate-income persons to aid in the prevention and elimination of slums and blight and address urgent community needs.
According to Palatine's Community Development Block Grant 2012 Action Plan, the Village funding priorities over the next few years are:
- Improvements to public facilities and infrastructure
- Homelessness services
- Supportive services for low to moderate income persons
- Housing services
The Village of Palatine has received CDBG funding since 2000. During this time, the Village has used CDBG funds for a number of public infrastructure projects.