Illinois To Provide $15 Million For Affordable Housing

Gov. Pat Quinn has announced $15 million in state funding for a Chicago-area program aimed at moving people with disabilities out of institutions and into homes of their own.

Home First Illinois will develop about 100 units of accessible affordable housing for 145 people over the next three years.

Quinn announced the funding Friday at Access Living, a non-profit organization that serves people with disabilities.

Access Living President and CEO Marca Bristo said the initiative will save the state money. And she says people are healthier when they live on their own.

Additional funding for the $19 million initiative will come from JP Morgan Chase and the Chicago Community Trust.

Quinn said he would eventually like to see the program expanded statewide.

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